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.
PENHA research and networking activities in Ethiopia have increased over the last six months. The following activities and achievements related to the Social Protection for Inclusive Development in Afar of Ethiopia (SPIDA) and related activities can be highlighted:
Over the last five years, PENHA has been engaging in a strategic repositioning process. See the note below from the Chair of the Trustees:
I am delighted to inform you on behalf of the PENHA Board that Bereket Tsegay has been appointed as the organisation’s new Interim Director.
Requested by the PENHA Board of Trustees in London; the outgoing director of PENHA Dr. Zeremariam Fre has visited PENHA Uganda during November–December 2016.The main purpose of the mission was to assess the current situation of PENHA in Uganda in terms of challenges and opportunities, meet with PENHA associates, volunteers, Local Advisory Board members, selected NGOs (namely EASSI, ACORD, Makerere University and SIHA) and the NGO Bureau in Kampala.
PENHA and the Pastoral Environmentalist Association in Kassala State (PEAKS) jointly implemented a women’s empowerment training activities focusing on enhancing the handicrafts and improving small animals breeding in rural Kassala of the Eastern Sudan. The project activity was intended to provide a unique opportunity for pastoralist communities to improve the use of technology, design, innovation and develop market linkages.
PENHA works with pastoral, agro-pastoral and farming communities across Somaliland. In 2016, PENHA began working with the communities of Batalaale and Biyo Guure, near the port of Berbera, in the Sahil Region.
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.