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Women and Oil

  • Global transparency efforts will affect oil companies in Uganda

    By Annie Sturesson

    For African countries rich in natural resources, extractive industries are a potential source of funding for development and to fight poverty. But corruption and poor management of oil, gas and minerals have often prevented the poorest people from benefiting. Read More

  • Compensation should go beyond money and resettlement

    By Daphne Okama

    I have been attracted by recent reports in the media that people affected by oil activities are not being adequately compensated, but what is ‘adequate compensation?’ Read More

  • Compensation of refinery residents commences

    Esther Igonja, of Congolese origin, has spent 50 of her 80 years in Kabaale Parish—but will now have to give way for the construction of the oil refinery. (Picture: FW)

    Implementation of the first phase of the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) kicked off early this month and will end with the 7,118 residents of the thirteen Hoima villages on whose land the oil refinery will be built being compensated for their property, or relocated.

    The seventy billion shillings project (about 27 million dollars) is being implemented by Strategic Friends International, a local consultancy firm. Read More

  • Total

    Au revoir! Three more Ugandans off to France for oil training

    (L-R) Total’s General Manager, Loic Laurandel, Andrew Ochan, Laura Kahuga, Owor Dominisio and French Charge D’Affaires Laurent Favier, who hosted the send off ceremony.

    Total E&P, in partnership with the French Government, have sent an additional three Ugandans to France to undertake different courses in oil and gas starting this August.

    The training programme targets government employees so as to build the capacity of relevant government departments to handle oil and gas issues. The first batch of three trainees started their advanced studies last year. Read More

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    Hoima farmers seize the moment-with some Irish help

    The prospect of a ready market for fresh produce in the oil camps is motivating farmers in Hoima District to start up horticultural projects.

    Some of them have abandoned the previously lucrative rice growing and are now venturing into planting tomatoes, cabbages, green pepper, carrots and other vegetables. Read More

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    Women climb the technical ladder

    Historically dominated by ‘oilmen’ – tough guys in hard hats and hard-bargaining male executives – the oil industry is slowly following other business sectors in opening its doors to women.  Uganda is no exception, as is shown here by profiles of three women who are rising fast in highly technical positions. 

    For this to become a trend, however, Uganda will need to perform better in senior school science. According to the National Examinations Board, sciences were a weak area in last year’s A-level results and the number of girls taking sciences actually dropped. Read More

  • Joan Namukasa, a Tullow Uganda drilling engineer, reviews technical reports with colleagues at a rig site (Photo: Tullow Oil Uganda)

    A drilling engineer is not made in a day

    Joan Namukasa, a Tullow Oil Uganda drilling engineer, reviews technical reports with colleagues at a rig site (Photo: Tullow Oil Uganda)

    It takes years of advanced, on-the-job training to qualify as an oil well drilling engineer—but three Ugandan women are staying the course, writes Cathy Adengo. Read More

  • Florence Akumu used the money to feed her five children for about five months.

    Compensation brings temporary excitement to Buliisa locals

     OGWENDO SUB-COUNTY, BULIISA DISTRICT: Located about 16 kilometres from Buliisa town, this quiet agricultural village is dotted with small mud houses, most of them roofed with shiny aluminium sheets.

    There is a stark contrast between the greyish, peeling, aging walls of the small houses and the brand new sheets they are roofed with.

    “The compensation money excites people here,” says Onencan Paolyel, who runs a local community based organisation in Buliisa town council. “They buy motorcycles and mabati (roofing sheets).” Read More

  • Publish What You Pay Uganda Champion, Winnie Ngabiirwe

    It is time for a gender policy for the extractives industry

    Ms.Winnie Ngabiirwe

    By Winfred Ngabiirwe

    The discussions regarding oil sector management seemed to have taken a nosedive over the past four months, following the passing of the Upstream Bill by parliament.

    Since then, the discussion appears to have shifted to other issues that are targeting women’s wellbeing such as the legislation on miniskirts, and the now deceased Marriage and Divorce Bill. Now that the latter has been buried, maybe we should go back to other more salient issues such as the oil debate, but this time questioning where the women come in, or are left out. Read More

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    Oil money lures sex workers to Hoima

    Across the world, infrastructure projects that employ large numbers of men soon attract a camp following of sex workers.  It is now happening in Hoima.

    “I can’t leave with you now but I can come to your hotel in the morning and we spend the whole day together.”

    So says Sarah (not her real name) a ‘waitress’ in a down-town Hoima bar. She says she would get into big trouble if she left without the permission of her boss—an elderly lady who, according to staff and customers, is of Rwandese origin. All dealings with men have to be cleared by the boss. Read More