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 founding director, Dr. Zeremariam Fre has published a book titled as Knowledge Sovereignty Among African Cattle Herders. The book published by the UCL Press focuses on the Beni-Amer cattle owners in the western part of the Horn of Africa. As the book explores these herders are not only masters in cattle breeding, they are also knowledge sovereign, in terms of owning productive genes of cattle and the cognitive knowledge base crucial to sustainable development.
Recently the Horn of Africa was hit by the Tropical Cyclone Sagar disaster which adversely affected the livelihoods of thousands.
Upon the receipt of the grant from the Rotary Club of Berkhamsted, PENHA has been working with the communities and consulting on the priorities they have in using the donated fund. Based on their discussion they agreed to invest the money on the support of the school infrastructure which can bring a long-term contribution to the children around the Kanyaryeru communities.
PENHA with the support of the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) has successfully conducted a three-day training of trainers workshop for 30 rural women leaders who are active in campaigns to strengthen women’s participation in politics and are advocates for The Quota from 17th to 19th of July, 2018 in Ambassador Hotel, Hargeisa Somaliland.
About the book
Beni-Amer cattle owners in the western part of the Horn of Africa are not only masters in cattle breeding, they are also knowledge sovereign, in terms of owning productive genes of cattle and the cognitive knowledge base crucial to sustainable development. The strong bonds between the Beni-Amer, their animals, and their environment constitute the basis of their ways of knowing, and much of their knowledge system is built on experience and embedded in their cultural practices.
In this book, the first to study Beni-Amer practices, Zeremariam Fre argues for the importance of their knowledge, challenging the preconceptions that regard it as untrustworthy when compared to scientific knowledge from more developed regions. Empirical evidence suggests that there is much one could learn from the other, since elements of pastoralist technology, such as those related to animal production and husbandry, make a direct contribution to our knowledge of livestock production. It is this potential for hybridization, as well as the resilience of the herders, at the core of the indigenous knowledge system.
Fre also argues that indigenous knowledge can be viewed as a stand-alone science, and that a community’s rights over ownership should be defended by government officials, development planners and policy makers, making the case for a celebration of the knowledge sovereignty of pastoralist communities.
About the author
Zeremariam Fre is the founding director and former head of regional NGO, the Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa (PENHA). He currently works at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit at UCL as a teaching fellow and course tutor. His research and teaching are inspired by his work experience in development planning, dry land agriculture, land use policy, food security, peri-urban agriculture, indigenous knowledge systems, the role of women in food production, NGOs and social movements.
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