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  • El Niño in East Africa

    El Niño is predicted to have a serious impact on the Eastern Africa region. Somalia, Kenya and the southern parts of Ethiopia are expected to see above average rainfall,... To see more:

  • Refining Impact Pathways of Research Projects

    Dr. Zeremariam Fre, the Consortium Leader and Principal investigator for the Social Protection in Inclusive Development in Afar (SPIDA-Ethiopia) had attended on the ‘... Read more


    PENHA in partnership with photojournalist Vanessa Champion organised an exhibition at the Calumet House.

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  • Pastoralism past and present policy perspectives for the future

    London is hosting an international conference on pastoralism. The conference is organised by PENHA with ODI, UCL and other partners. 

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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

El Niño is predicted to have a serious impact on the Eastern Africa region. Somalia, Kenya and the southern parts of Ethiopia are expected to see above average rainfall, while South Sudan, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti and North-Eastern Ethiopia are drier than normal conditions or even drought.

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Photo credit: OCHA

Dr. Zeremariam Fre, the Consortium Leader and Principal investigator for the Social Protection in Inclusive Development in Afar (SPIDA-Ethiopia) had attended on the ‘Refining Impact Pathways of Research Projects’ workshop held in University of Leiden, the Netherland on October 16th 2015. The event organised by the NWO-WOTRO and INCLUDE was a continuation of the previous workshop held in Nairobi in May 2015 where the SPIDA project was represented by Dr. Zaid Negash, Project Principal Investigator and President of Adigrat University.

As part of the year-long celebrations for the Silver Jubilee Anniversary of PENHA, an exhibition of photographs documenting the changing lives of the pastoralists in the Horn of Africa, taken by photojournalist Vanessa Champion who had travelled with PENHA in Uganda, was officially opened on Monday October 5th 2015 at Calumet’s flagship store in Drummond Street, London. The event attracted many viewers from different sectors including artists, photographers, celebrities, academics, philanthropists, non-governmental organisation staff and other interested individuals.

An all-day conference on new challenges faced by pastoralists in the Horn of Africa, from the impacts of climate change to managing relationships with the private sector.

Session 1 Putting pastoralism on the political map.

This panel session will look at how pastoralism has become a mainstream issue and examine present opportunities and challenges in the political arena.

Session 2 Evolution of the pastoral economy.

Newsletter Number 13
Managing the challenges of Prosopis
Social Protection in Ethiopia 
Women’s Groups in Sudan 
Co-operatives in Somaliland 
PENHA Uganda: Pastoralism Locally and globally 
PENHA in the Horn of Africa 
Celebrating PENHA’s 25th. Anniversary 
Food We Want

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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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