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  • PENHA to be represented at the CFS44 Side-event

    PENHA will be represented by Sadia Ahmed, PENHA Somaliland Country Representative at the Committee on World Food Security which promotes for 'Making a Difference in food... To read more on the event:

  • Sustainable Intensification of Food Production in the Horn of Africa

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  • PENHA Joins BOND

    As part of expanding its network, knowledge sharing and getting higher visibility among the charitable and development actors in the UK and globally, PENHA has joined the... To see more:


    Rwendama Women’s Group recognises the commendable work done by PENHA and its staff Elizabeth Katushabe. 

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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. 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. 

Eastern Sudan

PENHA will be represented by Sadia Ahmed, PENHA Somaliland Country Representative at the Committee on World Food Security which promotes 'Making a Difference in food Security and Nurtrition' - CFS44 Side Event of 'Women's Empowerment for Better Resiliance in Pastoral Communities' in Rome, Italy. The following note is extracted from the document produced by the side-event orgnisers:

By 2050 global agricultural output will need to increase by 60% on current levels to meet demand for food. Agricultural output on such a scale will put an increased strain on resources such as water. Lack of fresh water supply for agriculture is becoming an acute problem. Arid regions such as the Persian Gulf, Mediterranean, and the Horn of Africa have long faced problems with water scarcity in agriculture.

As part of expanding its network, knowledge sharing and getting higher visibility among the charitable and development actors in the UK and globally, PENHA has joined the BOND Network.

As members of BOND, we can benefit from the network of over 450 UK's International development and humanitarian organisations in terms of knowledge sharing, getting up to date development related news, building up partnership and more.

On the 8th of July 2017, Rwendama Women’s group held a celebration to thank Elizabeth and two other people, Isaac Kabandize (the former Kanyaryeru Sub County Local Council 3 chairman (2004 – 2011) and Bright Nuwamanya the sub county chief. We were served a very delicious meal and thereafter there were introductions and speeches from the members and then invited guests.

PENHA as part of its strategic principle of expanding its partnerships and developing a mutual collaborations has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) and with a German NGO up4change e.

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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