Uganda has earmarked oil and gas and other mineral resources as some of the opportunities available to transform the country to middle income status by 2019. Oil and gas and mineral resources indeed have the potential to take an economy from a peasant to a prosperous one. Paradoxically, 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.
AFIEGO seeks to contribute to efforts to realise a transparent, inclusive, prosperous and just Uganda “whose development is people-driven” especially by the poor and vulnerable as envisioned by Uganda’s the National Development Plan II, Vision 2040, the Africa Mining Vision and African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and under this programme, AFIEGO empowers citizens to influence extractive policies to work for them and promote national development .
AFIEGO also works for access to information, public participation, access to justice, gender equality and environmental conservation in addition to undertaking research and advocacy to realize the objective of this programme.
Focus is on youth and oil governance, gender and extractives, oil and biodiversity, land governance, public interest litigation and transboundary natural resource governance among others.