Uganda has approximately 6.5 billion barrels of oil reserves and other mineral resources like gold among others which has a potential to transform the country to middle income status. Oil and gas and mineral resources indeed have the potential to take an economy from a peasant to a prosperous one. As well as the same resources also have the potential to plunge a country into unrest. When not used in a transparent and accountable manner, natural resources such as oil and gas have the potential to aggravate existing inequalities and exacerbate vulnerabilities among the host communities in form of loss of livelihoods, conflicts, displacements, and loss of biodiversity.
The main objective of this programme is to influence extractives policies so that they work for citizens and promote national and regional development.
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In the photos, are some of CICOA staff members during the review and submission of CSO’s comments on the ESIA reports for oil projects to NEMA in Uganda