Patron -  Joanna Lumley, OBE

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    PENHA Somaliland senior staff and an associate published an article on Farming Matters - Experiences in family farming and agriecology (12/2016-32.4).  

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  • African Legacy and Pastoralists Livelihoods: A Cultural Night in London

    PENHA, in partnership with the Evelyn Oldfield Unit (EOU), held a celebratory African Legacy and Pastoralist Livelihoods cultural evening on Saturday 3rd... To read more:


    During her October 2016 visit to the UK, PENHA held a reception for Mrs. Shukri Haji Ismail, Somaliland’s Minister of Environment and Rural Development, with PENHA... To read more:


    PENHA is organising a celebrating event with guest speakers of Joanna Lumley OBE PENHA Patron and Dr. Tekeste Ghebray former Executive Secretary of IGAD. Join us in this... Want to join us:

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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

PENHA Somaliland Country Representative Sadia Musse Ahmed has contributed a chapter to the recently published book by Routledge on Traditional Institutions in Contemporary African Governance, edited by Kidane Mengisteab and Gerard Hagg. The focus of Ahmed's chapter is on the traditional institutions in Somaliland. 

About the Book

Pastoral rangelands are vital to Somalia’s livestock dominated economy. But where national government is weak to non-existent, conflict over access to land is rife. Traditional common property regimes are under pressure from enclosures, population growth and charcoal production. Yet even in these very challenging situations,hybrids of customary and ‘modern’ law enable pastoralist communities to assert their rights.

Look for the full story on page 16 by clicking here.

PENHA, in partnership with the Evelyn Oldfield Unit (EOU), held a celebratory African Legacy and Pastoralist Livelihoods cultural evening on Saturday 3rd December 2016 at Resource for London. PENHA had the privilege of welcoming two guests of honour – Joanna Lumley OBE, PENHA’s Patron, and Dr. Tekeste Ghebray, former Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The event attracted people from different backgrounds – professionals, academics, and diaspora community members – and was a great success.

During her October 2016 visit to the UK, PENHA held a reception for Mrs. Shukri Haji Ismail, Somaliland’s Minister of Environment and Rural Development, at the Massawa Restaurant in Archway, with PENHA trustees and staff members, associates, partners and friends. Among the invited guests were Dr. Tekeste Ghebray, former Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Charlie Paton and Abdi Hirsi of Seawater Greenhouse Ltd, Rhoda Ibrahim of Horn Peace Group, Dr.

PENHA is organising a cultural event and all are invited.

Guests of Honour:

Joanna Lumley OBE PENHA Patron


        Dr. Tekeste Ghebray former Executive Secretary of IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development)

Date and Time:

December 3rd 2016 from 6pm-10pm


Lecture at Mekelle, Dec 2015

Mekelle University, Ethiopia

A Public Lecture by PENHA

The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Centre of the School of Law hosted a public lecture by members of the Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa (PENHA) on December 17, 2015. The meeting was chaired by Professor Mitiku Haile. The lecture was on ‘Regional approaches to pastoral development in the Greater Horn of Africa: From the perspectives of land governance, the evolution of pastoral economy and women’s economic empowerment’. Lecture was started by Dr Zeremariam Fre, the founder of PENHA, introducing PENHA- its history and objectives. He was followed by John Livingstone, PENHA Regional Policy Officer on how PENHA approached and accomplished its mission on land governance issues. Amsale Shibeshi, PENHA Regional Program Director, presented PENHA's work on women’s economic empowerment in pastoral communities. The discussion focused both on the substance of the presentations and the possible collaboration of PENHA with Mekelle University.  

The Environment and Natural Resources Law Center is one of the centers established in the University's School of Law to work on awareness, advocacy, research, postgraduate program and outreach programs on environment and natural resources policies and laws.

For more information or expression of interest to work with the Center, please write to or Or call us on +251911018199 or +251911804234.


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