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Publication Date

Fall 2014

Program Name

Uganda: Development Studies


In this study the researcher aims to explore the emerging oil and natural gas processes in the Republic of Uganda and the potential impacts that such exploration will generate upon Uganda’s biodiversity and local livelihoods. The researcher will approach this topic through extensive research on emerging and current legal frameworks pertaining to Uganda’s natural environment, and through practicum-based research via leading non-profit organizations in Uganda.

During the research process the researcher worked as a Student Research Intern with International Alert. International Alert is an international Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that works to promote peace building and conflict resolution in over thirty countries worldwide. The researcher worked directly under International Alert’s lead oil and natural Gas researcher in their Kampala, Uganda office.

The researcher also worked with Victoria University of Kampala: Oil and Natural Gas Department, the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), World Wildlife Fund Uganda, and Hoima district officials and civil service organizations in order to gather adequate data for the presented research topic.

The researcher spent ten days of the allotted research time in Hoima District, located in the Albertine Graben in Western Uganda. This region is the principal location of Uganda’s oil and natural gas reserves, found primarily in Lake Albert and it’s adjacent shorelines. Here, the researcher studied closely with local community members, non-government organizations, and district environment officials to gather field data for the topic at hand.


Natural Resource Economics | Natural Resources Management and Policy | Oil, Gas, and Energy | Sustainability


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