Who is
Extractives Baraza

OUR STORY

ICES-before-change

Formed in 2013

The Extractives Baraza was initially formed as the ‘Information Centre for the Extractives Sector’ (ICES) in 2013 hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and supported by the governments of Canada and the United Kingdom, and the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP).

Extractives Baraza revamped

Re-launched in 2017

In March 2017, ICES was re-launched as the Extractives Baraza (EB) hosted by the Strathmore University and supported through the Kenya Extractives Program (K-EXPRO). This re-launch was on the basis of a national information needs assessment exercise, conducted by the Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre (SEIC), which revealed that the sector operates in an environment that is complex, mired in secrecy and suspicion and is little understood by most stakeholders including citizens.

Extractives online

E.B. Online

The revamped platform has increased information sharing as well as inclusive dialogue to build knowledge, understanding and trust among the different stakeholders in the extractives industry especially the communities, civil society, companies/investors and government.

The E.B. is Kenya’s leading multi-sector neutral online platform largely based on evidence-based research and hosts a resource centre containing a large and diverse selection of information relating to:

  • the latest extractives news and events in real time;
  • editorials from experts and commentators;
  • our very own publications and knowledge products including hosting Africa’s first African journal on energy, natural resources and environmental law; and
  • events within and relating to the extractives sector.

E.B. Dialogue

The E.B. offers a neutral dialogue space to better facilitate stakeholder engagement in the extractives sector in Kenya and the broader African region. We do this through our:

We believe that the success of current and future extractives initiatives in Kenya will rely heavily on the actions of, and relationships between, the government, industry players and society at large. Therefore, availability of a neutral dialogue space that lies on evidence based research is a crucial step in developing these relationships and building meaningful and purposive stakeholder engagement in the extractives sector.

Extractives dialogue

OUR APPROACH

revamped platform has increased information sharing as well as inclusive dialogue to build knowledge, understanding and trust among the different stakeholders in the extractives industry especially the communities, civil so

We host an information hub that prioritizes in providing access to credible and relevant information to our audience through:

  • Extractives Baraza Weekly Newsletter reaching over 2,000 local, regional and global stakeholders with updated news and events in the extractives industries in real time;
  • Disseminating reports, infographics (graphic visual representations of information), laws, regulations and guidelines as well as other EB knowledge and information products;
  • Documenting stakeholder concerns, perceptions of knowledge about extractives projects and crafting our very own tailored interventions such as the Listening Project which embraces the art of listening, documenting stakeholder concerns and then appropriately relaying such information for access by relevant entities as well as the general public.

We facilitate dialogue and engagement in the extractives sector. Our strength lies in our neutrality and impact-centered approach:

  • We have managed to pull together a vast and diverse selection of stakeholders and other interested parties in the extractives sector. Our stakeholder base is adequately representative and made up of policy makers, influencers, practitioners and end-users.
  • To reach our esteemed and valued stakeholders, we have managed to successfully craft and make use of tools geared towards open dialogue such as online forums, expert-led forums, think tanks, consultative meetings as well as on-site ‘barazas’. Our experience has seen the generation of open, inclusive and robust discussions and has contributed to consensus building on key issues within the extractives sector.

We believe in knowledge transfer and skills building through supporting innovation and capacity building. We do this through:

  • Partnering with key stakeholders in the industry to provide a space whereby young Africans can showcase industry related innovations to industry experts and stakeholders, providing a platform for potential investment in and development of home grown African industry intellectual property;
  • Strategic collaboration by providing much needed access to information about the extractives industry, opportunities that lie therein as well as the rare chance to get feedback from industry heads and professionals from all over the globe on different projects as well as the state of affairs in the extractives industry;
  • Collaborating and working with different stakeholders in the extractives industry to influence the development and validation of policies in the extractives sector, enable stakeholder engagement and enable the dissemination of information from such endeavors.

OUR TRACK RECORD AND MARKETPLACE POSITION

The EB takes pride in carrying the banner as East Africa’s first ever online platform that enables access to information, facilitates dialogue, builds capacity and develops new approaches of engagement with companies, government, civil society organizations and international institutions to enable them to have meaningful stakeholder engagement that advances good governance of Kenya’s extractives sector.

Since our revamp and relaunch in March 2017, we have managed to influence inform, facilitate impact and influence in the extractives sector in the following ways:

Meet the team

From ideation to development, the Extractives Baraza team keep the wheels turning towards creating and maintain the most informative extractives platform in East Africa.

Dr. Melba K. Wasunna <small>Director</small>

Dr. Melba K. Wasunna Director

Melba is the current Director of the Extractives Baraza, formerly known as the Information Centre for Extractives Sector (ICES), based at Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya. The Extractives Baraza is an advocacy-neutral public platform that promotes knowledge, transparency and evidence-based stakeholder dialogue on the extractives sector in Kenya. Its ultimate goal is to enhance citizen participation in the governance of Kenya's extractives sector. The platform is currently funded through the Kenya Extractives Program ("KEXPRO") managed by Oxford Policy Management.


Previously, Melba was the (Founding) Director of the Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre (SEIC). She also worked as a Special Project Advisor on Extractives and Human Rights at the Katiba Institute and legal adviser and senior researcher in the Office of the Deputy Chief Justice of Kenya. She was a legal associate at one of New York's premier law firms, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Melba has substantive experience working with various governmental and non-governmental institutions locally and internationally in the areas of legal research, public participation, community engagement strategies, and access to justice for women. She has carried out a variety of research initiatives on transparency, good governance & sustainability of the extractives sector. Melba holds a Doctor of Juridical Science (Law) from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and is admitted to practice as an attorney at the New York State Bar.

Geoffrey Kerecha <small>Project Officer</small>

Geoffrey Kerecha Project Officer

Geoffrey has over 3 years working experience in implementing human rights and health intervention programmes and projects in the context of HIV/Aids within informal settlements, human rights promotion and protection in the context of national human rights institutions and civil society organisations in the oil, gas and mining sector in Kenya.

He has previously implemented work around responsible business conduct in the mining, oil and gas sector (Extractives sector) in Kenya through the Nairobi process: a pact for responsible business. Also worked at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights where he supported work around promotion and protection of economic, social and cultural rights including business and human rights.

John Mucheke <small>Asst Project Officer</small>

John Mucheke Asst Project Officer

John, is an information technology specialist and consultant in web development, information security, e-marketing and information system auditing.

Having studied management information systems and marketing, coupled with his seven years' experience in various I.T fields local and international, he has built a strong I.T, research, business, design and communication skills. He strives to add, build and spread knowledge on information technology in order to present the I.T solutions to any business problem. He is a firm believer that there's always a better and simpler solution to any challenges.

Edwin Kimani <small>Researcher</small>

Edwin Kimani Researcher

Edwin is an Advocate of the High Court. He has extensive knowledge and working experience in the international, regional and local legal sector. He focuses on Extractives, Commercial law practice, Tax and other public law fields.

He has previously been engaged in busy Commercial Law firms where he focused on Commercial practice, areas of public law such as Constitutional and Human Rights and in the High Court as a Commercial Law Legal Researcher. He is also a published advocate, specifically in matters extractives.

Kate W. Mavuti <small>Research Associate </small>

Kate W. Mavuti Research Associate

Kate is a Research Associate with the Extractives Baraza and Assistant Administrator at SEIC. She is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a member of the Law Society of Kenya. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Nairobi, a Postgraduate Diploma in law from the Kenya School of Law and a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Oil & Gas Law from the University of Aberdeen. Kate has had experience in different areas in law including energy, oil and gas, environmental, property law, corporate and commercial law. She is passionate about the extractives sector and is involved in work around local content, capacity building and transparency.

Laura Muniafu

Laura Muniafu

Laura Muniafu is a multidisciplinary professional . She has extensive knowledge on the oil and gas sector.

Previously Laura was the founder and content Manager of Kenyan Barrel, an oil and gas blog.

Her educational credentials include an MSc. In oil and gas engineering from Aberdeen University and a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Sheffield University.

Her interests’ span,  separation processes, drilling, desulfurisation, removal of asphaltenes and  flow assurance..

She is passionate about the oil and gas industry  given her interest in oil and gas industry began since 2004 and she has worked to pursue a career within the oil and gas industry.

Her future endeavours include shaping the future oil and gas engineers in Kenya and East Africa especially through encouraging women to join the sector. 

Our database is continuously updated

if you are aware of publicly available information that is not included, we would be grateful to be notified at info@extractives-baraza.com

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