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  • PENHA Silver Jubilee Anniversary Celebration Launched

    PENHA launched its year long 25th anniversary celebration in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It did so with longstanding supporters, partners from Ethiopia, Sudan and Somaliland, trustees and staff on Saturday evening on November 29th 2014. 

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  • Conference Announcement - CON 2014: Exploring Prosopis Management and Policy Options

    PENHA in partnership with IFAD, EAPDA and other partners is organising regional conference on alternatively managing and using Prospois in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from November 26th to 28th 2014.

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  • If Not Counted Does Not Count?

    The substantial value of pastoral systems remains largely invisible to local, national and regional calculations of economic performance.

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  • PENHA's August Newsletter is available.

    It is available from this website and is preparing for PENHA's 25th. anniversary - with news about what we are doing in the Horn of Africa.

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Eastern Sudan

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.


PENHA Regional Conference

 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia November 26th to 27th 2014

 Supported by:  The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Univercity College London (UCL) and EAPDA-Ethiopia.

Conference Overview

The Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa (PENHA) launched its year long 25th anniversary celebration at Haikan Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It did so with longstanding supporters, partners from Ethiopia, Sudan and Somaliland, trustees and staff on Saturday evening on November 29th 2014. 

PENHA was founded in 1989 in London. It has been the forefront organization in ensuring that governments and other development actors see pastoralism and environmental issues as the key components in promoting growth at local, national and regional levels. 

A workshop was held to complete the work that PENHA has been doing in Somaliland to combat the advance of Prosopis, a shrub imported into the Horn of Africa in the middle of last century.

A programmatic reflection on methodology options and gaps in Total Economic Valuation studies of pastoral systems
Saverio Krätli Issue Paper June 2014
Published by IIED, Feinstein International Centre and Tufts University

It contains news of PENHA's work in the Horn of Africa as well as an important interview with our Director on the 25 years of PENHA's existence and what its vision is for the future.


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. 

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