Past Event

Picturing change: Oil development in rural northern Kenya

09 Nov 2018 12:30–14:30

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This photographic exhibition tells the story of changing lives and livelihoods in Lokichar, a small town in Turkana County, and surrounding villages that are at the centre of northern Kenya’s oil frontier.

This exhibition will be opened by the Labour MP for Kemptown and member of the International Development Committee, Lloyd Russell-Moyle.

It will feature the work of acclaimed photographer Sven Torfinn and images from Turkana-based Evans Otieno, and captures changes for a community whose fortunes have become inseparable from the highs and lows of the global resource economy. You can watch the digital story, which includes some of the images from the exhibition.

As part of a much wider initiative this exhibition brings to light the work of IDS and the Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies, Kenya, as well as a team of researchers from Turkana County in Kenya who worked closely with oil investors, advocacy organisations, and communities to understand and balance out the interests at play in Northern Kenya. They have enabled the different parties to navigate a peaceful and sensitive process and this will be key to informing plans for the future.

This event is part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science and draws on a range of material and speakers from a portfolio of ESRC-DFID funded research.

If you have any individual requirements that we should know about (e.g. venue access etc.) then please contact a.cowlard@ids.ac.uk ahead of the event.

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