From Joseph Mazige, for Munno Voice of Uganda, an investigation of newly developed oil fields, which have failed to meet expectations for reducing joblessness and poverty. Instead, the oil companies provide good jobs for skilled foreign citizens but offer local residents positions as guards and laborers. Local business owners also complain they are denied service contracts; the foreign oil firms do not believe they meet their standards. A scholarship fund has been established by one firm to begin to address the skills gap. Local residents also report that violent evictions and land-grabs have cleared the way for the international oil companies.
[Reporting sponsored by The Reva and David Logan Foundation.]
Photo credit: Joseph Mazige