Media Release from the Global Reconciliation: Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship
5 September 2018
PENHA founding director, Dr. Zeremariam Fre has published a book titled as Knowledge Sovereignty Among African Cattle Herders. The book published by the UCL Press focuses on the Beni-Amer cattle owners in the western part of the Horn of Africa. As the book explores these herders are not only masters in cattle breeding, they are also knowledge sovereign, in terms of owning productive genes of cattle and the cognitive knowledge base crucial to sustainable development.
Recently the Horn of Africa was hit by the Tropical Cyclone Sagar disaster which adversely affected the livelihoods of thousands.
Upon the receipt of the grant from the Rotary Club of Berkhamsted, PENHA has been working with the communities and consulting on the priorities they have in using the donated fund. Based on their discussion they agreed to invest the money on the support of the school infrastructure which can bring a long-term contribution to the children around the Kanyaryeru communities.
PENHA with the support of the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) has successfully conducted a three-day training of trainers workshop for 30 rural women leaders who are active in campaigns to strengthen women’s participation in politics and are advocates for The Quota from 17th to 19th of July, 2018 in Ambassador Hotel, Hargeisa Somaliland.
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.
To watch the video produced by ECO-AT-AFRICA DW please click here.
Photo credit: ECO-AT-AFRICA DW
Report produced by: Bereket Tsegay and PENHA Somaliland Staff