Kenya’s Vision 2030 and all its flagship projects are envisaged to spur rapid economic growth and steer the country into a middle-income economy by the year 2030. The LAPSSET Corridor Projects (LCPs) which includes a port in Lamu, resort cities, the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) and upgrading of the Isiolo Airport to international standards among others, is part of the program. This study sought to examine the effects of the LAPSSET project on the economic and socio-cultural rights of the communities living along the LAPSSET corridor in Isiolo County. A mixed research approach was employed with multi-stage, snowball and purposive sampling techniques to generate both quantitative and qualitative data. A sample of 100 general respondents and a cohort of Key Informants (KIs) and Focus Group Discussion (FGD) sessions were held. Data was collected through content analysis, observation, interviews and an integration of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and a handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) to assess spatial changes on land. The Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SPSS) was used to analyze quantitative data, while the qualitative data was analyzed by categorizing the responses into specific themes to capture key feedback to the main study questions. Life experiences and issues of concern raised by the respondents were recorded in verbatim expressions. The study established that the communities along the LAPSSET corridor projects had not been sensitized about the projects. They were not informed about the impacts that the project would have on their lives. In addition, they were not adequately involved in various stages of project implementation. Although information dissemination forums were organized occasionally in Isiolo Town by LCDA, majority of the residents are still speculating on the main route the corridor will be taking, who among them would be affected and how they would be compensated. The study established that the mega projects had not enhanced any basic social services; instead, these services are further threatened through effects like noise pollution and strained access to basic services due to the influx of people. Besides designing an ESC and a GIS-enabled monitoring tools, the study recommends that the LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority (LCDA) initiate essential social services along the corridor such as strategic water points, cattle watering taps, schools, colleges, and meat and milk processing factories to empower the local communities and help improve their lives. Public participation and information dissemination in the project should be heightened to assist in addressing speculation that is straining the peaceful co-existence of people in this region.

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