Extractives and Infrastructure

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Economic developments intended to bring about socio-economic change in Africa have been based largely on infrastructure expansion, mining, large-scale agriculture and industrialisation. Whilst there is a clear need for economic advancement in the region, such projects do come with significant environmental and social impacts.

With the number of infrastructure, extractives and other industrial projects on the rise, it is critical that laws and regulations are in place to shield communities from the significant impacts that such projects bring. Furthermore, in countries where such laws exist, it is pertinent that they are satisfactorily implemented.

We Aim To

  • Support communities to improve the implementation of laws that prevent or minimise the impacts of extractives and infrastructure projects.
  • Provide input to project decision-making processes, such as environmental impact assessments, and actively support affected communities to monitor project legal compliance and voice complaints through the relevant decision-making structures.

We Do This By

  • Researching the various strategies being employed by affected communities to prevent or minimise the impacts of extractives and infrastructure projects.
  • Directly supporting local communities in Kenya, Zimbabwe and Guinea negatively affected by development projects by helping them to articulate their complaints and realise their rights.
  • Engaging a specialised team of lawyers and community environmental legal officers to assist communities with respect to extractive or infrastructure projects that impact their lives.



Gino Cocchiaro

Director: Nairobi Hub & Programme Director: Extractives and Infrastructure


The programme operates in the following countries:

Programme Funders

Heinrich Böll Foundation for East and Horn of Africa
Heinrich Böll Foundation for Southern Africa
American Jewish World Service
SwedBio – Stockholm Resilience Centre
The Christensen Fund
11th Hour Project

Projects in this Programme


Understanding Strategies Used to Mitigate the Impacts of Extractives and Infrastructure Projects in Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Guinea


Legal Empowerment Support in Response to Infrastructure Projects in Northern Kenya


Ensuring Legal Compliance of a Deep Water Port and a Coal Power Plant on the Kenyan Coast


Community Protocols on Diamond and Gold Mining in Zimbabwe


Community-led Environmental Audits of Extractive and Industry Projects on the Kenyan Coast

Programme News

Programme Publications

Comments on Isiolo County Bills

Submission: Basic Environmental Assessments for various West…

Submission on the review of the Wildlife Conservation and Ma…

Submission: Land Tenure Act Upgrading Amendment Bill (South …

Submission: Land Tenure Act Upgrading Amendment Bill (South …

Submission on Expropriation Bill (South Africa)

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