Picturing change: Oil development in rural northern Kenya

Credit: Sven Torfinn

Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9RE

09/11/2018 - 12:30 to 14:30

The Impact Initiative is excited to announce its participation in the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

We will be hosting a short series of events which draw on a range of material and speakers from a portfolio of ESRC-DFID funded research.

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 The Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton, UK 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. 

Please register on Eventbrite for your free ticket.  


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Picturing change: photo exhibition 9 Nov 2018