The University of Samara in Ethiopia’s Afar Region hosted its first international research conference entitled “Pastoral and Agro-Pastoral Community Development for Sustainable Livelihoods” on 19th to 21st June 2018. The event was attended by over 300 researchers, practitioners and academics from multi-disciplinary fields from academic and research institutions in Ethiopia, Bangladesh, India, the United Kingdom, Oman and Zambia.
PENHA Interim Director and PhD Researcher at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London Mr. Bereket Tsegay has presented a paper titled as ‘Financialisation of nature for rural transformation: Implications for global climate change mitigation and reducing poverty among the farmers in Ethiopia’ at the Young Researchers Meeting on Rural Transformation: Challenges and possibilities for rural communities held at Uppsala from June 7th to 8th 2018.
PENHA through its Somaliland Country Representative Sadia Ahmed had participated in an interesting panel discussion organised by the Pastoralist Knowledge Hub and the Coalition of European Lobbies for Eastern African Pastoralism (CELEP) at the EU Development Days on June 6 on the topic of ‘Women’s empowerment in pastoralist societies.’ See below the reports produced by the Pastoralist Knowledge Hub related to the event.
Across the continent, indigenous livestock species like the Ankole cattle are vanishing. This is a threat to both food security and ecological sustainability.
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Report produced by: Bereket Tsegay and PENHA Somaliland Staff
PENHA Senior Advisor and SPIDA research project consortium leader Dr. Zeremariam Fre made an interview with the INCLUDE platform team. See below to read about the new initiative 'Giving the plaform a face' and the interview content.
PENHA in collaboratoin with the SPIDA research consortium members of Development Planning Unit (DPU) of the University College London (UCL) and Adigrat University of Ethiopia publishes several research outputs. That is, since 2015, after working on the implications of the social protection among the Afar pastoral and agro-pastoral communiites the consortium members are able to publish several research outputs that include working papers, conference proceedings and policy briefs. Please see the titles of the papers below and click them to access their full contents.
Pastoralism as a concept continues to be misunderstood; with pastoralists oft en being on the receiving end of government marginalisation and harassment. In part, this has to do with the fact that governments, more so, central governments, are often populated and ran by people having a sedentary background – think of the desk-bound official raised in a farming community.
PENHA with support with the UNDEF (The United Nations Democracy Fund) has successfully conducted a workshop titled as 'Strengthening Women’s Participation in Politics: Campaign Skills Training' from 14th to 15th of March, 2018 in Ambassador Hotel, Hargeisa, Somaliland.