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.
There have been a number of initiatives to provide education to nomadic pastoralist children in the Greater Horn of Africa. The various outcomes depend on the national state policies on education. Many of such well-intended state led interventions have been small scale, ineffective and unsustainable. Moreover, there is evidence that some interventions have been successful at least in the pilot phases but deemed to fail once the piloting ended. Such projects include mobile schooling, distance education including radio broadcasting, residential/boarding schools, feeding schools.
The Ethiopian Government has issued its new national strategy on Prosopis in January 2017 after having consecutive consultation and stakeholder engagements. In bringing the regional dimension of the Prosopis agenda in the Horn of Africa, PENHA in partnership with IFAD and other national organisations both NGOs and private sector had played key role in organising a regional conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in November 2014.
Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa
Position: Digital Communication Officer
Date of Internship: 3 months
Application deadline: June 30th 2017
PENHA Somaliland Country Representative Sadia Musse Ahmed has contributed a chapter to the recently published book by Routledge on Traditional Institutions in Contemporary African Governance, edited by Kidane Mengisteab and Gerard Hagg. The focus of Ahmed's chapter is on the traditional institutions in Somaliland.
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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.