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Achiba A. Gargule

Senior Adviser

I am a human geographer focusing on natural resources governance, specialising in development policy, land-rights inequities, and frontier transformations. I joined U4 to work on natural resource corruption with the Targeting Natural Resource Corruption (TNRC) Project.

Before joining U4, I worked for various organisations in the East African region, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Oxfam GB, ACDIVOCA, and the Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC) – a regional economic bloc established by ten northern Kenya counties.

I hold a Ph.D. in Geography and Sustainable Development from the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) at the University of Bern in Switzerland. My dissertation discusses representations of pastoral societies in northern Kenya and the different dynamics in how the state and its network of powerful actors adopt, promote, and recast disruptions in the pastoralism system through ‘new visions’ and reforms expected to deliver growth and advancements. I have published on community land reform and the threats of large-scale land acquisitions for communal land rights and advised governments and international organisations on these subjects. You can see all my publications on my ResearchGate page.

I hold a Masters degree in International Political Economy from Newcastle University in the UK and a BA (Hons) in Land Economics from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.