Past eventResearch Event

Turkana's Transformative Development: Governance and Resources

17 March 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Chatham House, London


Governor Josephat Nanok, Governor, Turkana County, Kenya
Chair: Dr Alex Vines OBE, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House



Turkana is one of the most underdeveloped regions in Kenya, but recent discoveries of significant oil and underground water deposits have the potential to transform the county and bolster the national economy. Burgeoning attention on Turkana comes at a politically important time. With Kenya’s nascent devolution process, the region’s representatives must navigate new political relations on a national level, while maintaining a focus on securing the best economic outcome for the county. Turkana’s unique position at Kenya’s borders with South Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia means that the county also has an international outlook. 

Governor Nanok will discuss the particular challenges of governing the largest county in Kenya, and will highlight Turkana’s balance between a national and international role.