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Women in POST-HANDSHAKE Kenya

Women in Post-handshake

HIPSIR in partnership with Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative (IPTI) hosted a strategic meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to find ways in which women can contribute to an inclusive, just and sustaining peace in Kenya after the handshake. It was underscored that women in different parts of the country at all levels engage in diverse activities towards this realization. However, their activities are uncoordinated hence little collaboration and thus increased competition among themselves. It was therefore deemed that by coming together and putting their voices heard, women can have a unified agenda towards a just and peaceful society.

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Research On Social Conflict, Social Capital, And Religio-Cultural Reconciliation Practices In East Africa

Participants in Migori

HIPSIR was involved in data collection in Kenya and Nothern Uganda. Preliminary findings indicate that religious leaders have been effective actors in advancing reconciliation in Northern Uganda as well as to some extent in South Sudan. Over the years, religious leaders have been leading the process for reconciliation and have been preferred by the people because of their impartiality and fairness in addressing issues in the region. However, the impartiality and neutrality have recently been diluted by some church leaders' subscription to political ideologies. Their engagement has further been tainted by competition amongst Christian denominations and divergent doctrines. These have led to a decrease in confidence and credibility on the part of religious leaders and affected their contribution to reconciliation efforts in the region.

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POPE Francis on Good Governance and Accountability in Africa

POPE Francis

This book brings together articles from different authors who have diverse experiences in peacebuilding. The discussions draw attention to the vital role of good governance in political structures and also notes that the church has a prophetic role to play as she is invited to stewardship of herself and others in the concrete realization in history of God's will of abundant life for humans and for the entire cosmos.

Further, the articles underline the importance of engaging the youth in social transformation processes while empowering them with the necessary skills for gainfu employment. Political leadership and good governance ought to be grounded on sustainable economic structures, human rights, citizen participation, accountability, reconciliation and the love of God.

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Stakeholder Meetings on Extractive Industries

HIPSIR brought together representatives from Civil society, county government, national government, Base Titanium and the community who are actively involved on issues of extractives in Kwale county.

Participants in Migori

The aim of the workshop was to disseminate and discuss a baseline survey that was conducted in six counties ( Turkana, Kwale, Lamu, Taita Taveta, Kitui and Migori) by HIPSIR in 2017 on Knowledge and Policy Gaps in Extractive Industries in Kenya.

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EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES IN AFRICA | Addressing Conflicts and Integrating Sustainable Development

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Elias Omondi Opongo, SJ (Ed.)

Extractive industry in Africa has emerged as an important sector that continues to shape the socio-economic and political landscape of the continent. The industry includes mining, oil and gas resources. Africa holds 30% of world's mineral reserves,

10% of the world's oil and 8% of the global natural gas. A large part of these resources are yet to be fully exploited. This means that the production is not yet at its full capacity.

More and more African countries are confronted with new demands in extractive industries that call for equity, environmental safety, corporate social responsibility, social rights of the local populations, and transparency in the handling of contracts, taxation and development of well-informed policies.

The key issue of concern is whether Africa's natural resources can be translated into economic growth and sustainability.

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