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. 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.
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.
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.
PENHA Senior Advisor and SPIDA research project consortium leader Dr. Zeremariam Fre made an interview with the INCLUDE platform team. See below to read about the new initiative 'Giving the plaform a face' and the interview content.
PENHA in collaboratoin with the SPIDA research consortium members of Development Planning Unit (DPU) of the University College London (UCL) and Adigrat University of Ethiopia publishes several research outputs. That is, since 2015, after working on the implications of the social protection among the Afar pastoral and agro-pastoral communiites the consortium members are able to publish several research outputs that include working papers, conference proceedings and policy briefs. Please see the titles of the papers below and click them to access their full contents.
Pastoralism as a concept continues to be misunderstood; with pastoralists oft en being on the receiving end of government marginalisation and harassment. In part, this has to do with the fact that governments, more so, central governments, are often populated and ran by people having a sedentary background – think of the desk-bound official raised in a farming community.
PENHA with support with the UNDEF (The United Nations Democracy Fund) has successfully conducted a workshop titled as 'Strengthening Women’s Participation in Politics: Campaign Skills Training' from 14th to 15th of March, 2018 in Ambassador Hotel, Hargeisa, Somaliland.
PENHA has a long history of working in the Horn of Africa and particulary in Ethiopia. Given Ethiopia's large number of pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities, the promotion of sustainable pastoral development in the country has been PENHA’s long-term agenda since its inception in 1989 when the organisation worked hard to lay the founding stones and played a great role in setting the policy agenda. Its legacy is remembered by many national non-governmental and community-based-organisations. Genuine partnership that give mutual benefits at all levels are maintained. They include these emerging academic and research institutions.
The current SPIDA research project, with a particular focus on the pastoralists and agro-pastoralist of the Afars, is an exemplary outcome of the consortium model of working with local partners of the Adigrat University and regional organisations in Afar Region and global academic institutions of the DPU of the UCL. The project update is being shared with the INCLUDE and the NWO and were effective in communicating the progress of the research work.
Furthermore, PENHA has been working with several academic institutions with the aim of developing a joint interventions and provided expert advice and technical assistance in developing their post-graduate programmes on pastoralism and pastoral developments. As a results, collaboration has developed with Samara, Jiggiga, Mekelle and Addis Ababa Universities. Moreover, PENHA has supported the photographic documentation of the 24-hour livelihoods cycle of the highlanders in Tigray and lowlanders in Afar regions of Ethiopia. In facilitating the photojournalistic activity, both Adigrat and Mekelle Universities played key role. The documentation was carried out by two American professionals, Jeff Salzer and Mike Haley.
The Ethiopia-based Trustees and associates have continued to contribute significantly to the discussion of repositioning PENHA's work in Ethiopia. They played a key role in realising the exchange programme organised by PENHA Somaliland in collaboration of the Ministry of Environment and Rural Affairs. PENHA contributed in international policy workshop inlcuding that of ‘Reconsidering the Basic Human Needs for the East African Pastoralists: Towards the Localisation of Humanitarian Assistance’ held in Japan through its trustee Dr. Taffese Mesfin, organised by Centre for Global Studies, Graduate School of the International Relations University of Schizuoka, Japan.
Photo credit: Jeff Salzer/PENHA - Afar, Ethiopia (2016)