Building Community Power through Consent: The Case of Tullow Oil in Kenya

Kieran Doherty/Oxfam

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
9:00 a.m to 10:30 a.m
Washington, DC and online

Oxfam America Office
1101 17th St NW, Suite 1300
Washington, DC 20036

Increasingly oil, gas and mining companies and international financial institutions have begun to incorporate the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for indigenous peoples within their policies and guidelines. For many communities, FPIC represents a critical tool for ensuring that they have a say in whether or how projects move forward. While the growing recognition of FPIC is promising, unless effectively implemented these commitments will have little impact on the lives of the people affected by oil, gas and mining projects in their backyards.

Oxfam invites you to attend the presentation of research from Kenya examining the question of FPIC implementation in practice for an oil project that is located on pastoralist lands. The research assesses the extent of Tullow Oil’s compliance with FPIC in Turkana County. With Tullow’s Kenya oil project obtaining FPIC is a requirement as a result of a loan from the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation for the project. This Oxfam research is one of the few case studies that documents FPIC implementation in real time. Discussants will comment on the opportunities and challenges that they have observed as Tullow Oil has worked to ensure FPIC in practice.


  • Daniel Mullins, Report Author
  • Davis Osoro, Extractive Industries Strategist, Oxfam Kenya
  • Paul Coward, Head of Safety and Sustainability, Tullow Oil
  • Rosa Orellana, Chief Environmental Specialist, International Finance Corporation
  • Representative of Friends of Lake Turkana (TBC)
  • Moderator: Emily Greenspan, Policy Manager for Extractive Industries, Oxfam America Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Google+