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Narasha Community Development Group

Olkaria, Kenya
Joined May 2017

We are located and operate in Naivasha around the geothermal belt region. We work to protect community land through nonjudicial mechanisms, judicial process, use of press and encourage consultations.

Presence in: Kenya
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Livelihoods, Right to Information

Narasha Communities Development Group is a community based organization that was first started in 1999 by local community in Narasha Village in Olkaria. Its inception role was to bring development projects to the local area such as schools, medical facilities, water projects and economic projects such as bee keeping, crossing breeding of the local cattle and sheep. This was done through partnering with the companies and business enterprise in the area. It was to train the community leaders and local people on how to solve their economic problems.

The CBO was re-registere in 2014 with an new role of advocating band protection of the community land and economic rights. This was prompted by the new challenges of land defending need after the Kengen co. Ltld hired goons to torch on the village destroying 247 homes and properties worth millions of shillings. Another group of community members were resettled by the same company after they were displaced by Olkaria iv project. The organization invited the World Bank and European Investment Bank to investigate human rights violations by this project.

People Associated With This Organization

Jackson Shaa

Narasha Community Development Group
Joined May 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Livelihoods, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
I am Jackson Shaa, the Secretary to Narasha Community Development Group. I am a graduate teacher with Masters of Education (educational administration) from the university of Nairobi in 2016. I have been pushing on protect of Community land and economic activities.

I also had a one week training on rights of indigenous people rights in University of Pretoria in South Africa. I have attended several meetings at the national level on review on land legislations and community rights advocacy.

I also participated in the World bank review process in Kenya and Washington DC. I participated in sign in documents to multinational financiers who have funded projects which are affecting local communities both in Kenya and outside Kenya.
Jackson Shaa is the network champion (main point of contact) for Narasha Community Development Group.

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