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  • Pastoralism past and present policy perspectives for the future

    London is hosting an international conference on pastoralism. The conference is organised by PENHA with ODI, UCL and other partners. 

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We work with local and international partners on the following thematic areas:

Women Empowerment & Gender Equality We work with partners to empower women and help to change attitudes to women’s participation in the economy and in public life.

Food Security and Climate Change We improve the livelihoods of the pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities by providing them with technical skills in making use of locally available plants such as Prosopis as animal feed in the region.

Pastoral Environmental and Resource Management We provide training programmes and workshops and do research on the use of resources in pastoral areas

Nomadic services We deliver projects to support basic education and health for women and Pastoralist children. 

Conflict analysis and prevention in collaboration with local and international partners we deliver training, do research and run workshops to address resource based conflict in the region.

Food We Want We take part in this EU funded campaign to inform, raise awareness and lobby in the UK and Africa to promote small-scale family farming and sustainable agri-food systems as a key solution to tackling hunger and poverty.

We collaborate closely with Pastoralist and agro-pastoralist groups in the Horn and work together towards addressing the social and economic marginalization of pastoralists.

We focus on capacity building for pastoralist communities and advocate for pastoralist livelihoods as a sustainable and productive way life.

Our main tool for influencing policy towards pastoralism and the design of development programmes is action-oriented research. We value indigenous knowledge and practices and African perspectives on African contemporary Issues.

We implement projects at ground via creating and strengthening genuine partnerships and promote gender-sensitive participatory approach

Consultancy Work – for governments, international organizations, regional organizations and universities and research centres. 

PENHA believes in strong and geniune partnership and networking  and engaged with regional and global organisastions where it showed its support. For instance, PENHA is one of the signatories of the the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) treaty. 

Eastern Sudan

Anniversary conference themes:

To mark PENHA’s 25th anniversary, we are collecting written reflections on the evolution of pastoralism over the past quarter-century. Submissions should draw on the 1989 workshop report on establishing PENHA (see attached) and the themes of the anniversary conference taking place at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London, UK on Friday October 2nd 2015:

Newsletter Number 13
Managing the challenges of Prosopis
Social Protection in Ethiopia 
Women’s Groups in Sudan 
Co-operatives in Somaliland 
PENHA Uganda: Pastoralism Locally and globally 
PENHA in the Horn of Africa 
Celebrating PENHA’s 25th. Anniversary 
Food We Want

Download whole newsletter here.

PENHA’s Silver Anniversary was commemorated with our annual 10 km fundraising walk along the beautiful banks of the Thames River in London on Saturday 27th June 2015. The fundraising event with 16 people including PENHA staff, supporters and friends participating was a great moment as it brought people from both age groups who knew and supported PENHA since inception and also recently associated.

Representing the PENHA-UCL-Adigrat University Consortium for the Social Protection for Inclusive Development in Afar (SPIDA) Dr. Zaid Negash has attended the INCLUDE and the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) organized working conference on 'Building Policy-Knowledge Communities for Inclusive Development in Africa' in Nairobi, Kenya on 11th and 12th May 2015. A brief news item was produced by the INCLUDE/AERC follows.

PENHA in partnership with the University College London (UCL) and Adigrat University of Ethiopia has secured a grant of €301,436 from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) to assess the social protection policy of the Government in the Afar Region.


conferencePastoralism past and present policy perspectives for the future

October 2nd 2015

Overseas Development Institute

203 Blackfriars Road
London, SE1 8NJ

In Partnership with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Sponsored by:Patron Joanna Lumley, OBE

Conference Purpose: To reflect on PENHA's 25 years’ experience of African Pastoralism and to draw lessons for the future we are organizing a one day event in London where its founding conference was held. PENHA hopes to use this event to create a wider global solidarity and awareness about the fate of pastoral peoples in the Horn of Africa by highlighting the challenges they are facing and the opportunities which are available to them to be masters of their own destiny.

Themes and panel discussions: The one-day conference will inclued intoduction and keynote speache, a wide range of panel discussions, and refreshement.


9:00- 9:15:  Welcome, Purpose and Objectives of the conference.

9:15-10:15:  Key Note Address: Reflections on PENHA’s 25 year journey:

Panel Discussion: The following four sessions will consist of panels of experts who will each contribute to that session’s theme - and then respond to comments and questions from the floor.

10:15 - 11.30 Panel one: Putting pastoralism on the political map: This will take a retrospective look at how pastoralism has moved away from being a political irrelevance to become more mainstream agenda.  This session could include country specific experiences and the work that PENHA was involved in and the role of regional actors such as IGAD, the AU and others. It is to be hoped that such discussions could also lead into some reflections on the contemporary opportunities and challenges in the political arena.

11.30 -11.45 Coffee /tea break

11:45- 13.00 Panel two: Evolution of the pastoral economy: Proposed sub-themes to include: Links into private sector; market linkages; urbanization; role of remittances.The panel will comprise a group of experts with quite different perspectives or knowledge about the opportunities and challenges pastoralists face in the 21st century e.g. private sector focus (possibly extractives); someone working on linking pastoral economy into the market mainstream etc.

13:00 -14.00 Lunch break

14.00-15.30 Panel three: Pastoralism and the environment: adapting to shocks: Proposed sub-themes to include: Climate; resilience; managing the rangelands and emergency.

15:30 -15.45: Tea Break

15.45-17:30: Panel Four: Pastoralism into the future:  exploring where pastoralism is headed in the next 25 years: Proposed sub-themes: Shifting paradigms in pastoralism, youth; women; changing face of pastoral civil society a future - role for PENHA and other actors.

17: 30 -19.00 Closing session reception and informal discussions:

For more information about these events please email to

To register your interest to attend in person, please contact Tesfaldet ( or Call 07932767610

PartnersOverseas Development Institute; The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (University College London);  Coalition of European Lobbies for Eastern African Pastoralism (CELEP); and Dragonfly Communications 


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