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Ethiopia publishes its national strategy on Prosopis

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.

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New Publication: Traditional Institutions in Somaliland

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. 

About the Book

Who Calls the Shots? Adapting Traditional Land Governance in Somaliland

Pastoral rangelands are vital to Somalia’s livestock dominated economy. But where national government is weak to non-existent, conflict over access to land is rife. Traditional common property regimes are under pressure from enclosures, population growth and charcoal production. Yet even in these very challenging situations,hybrids of customary and ‘modern’ law enable pastoralist communities to assert their rights.

Look for the full story on page 16 by clicking here.

African Legacy and Pastoralists Livelihoods: A Cultural Night in London

PENHA, in partnership with the Evelyn Oldfield Unit (EOU), held a celebratory African Legacy and Pastoralist Livelihoods cultural evening on Saturday 3rd December 2016 at Resource for London. PENHA had the privilege of welcoming two guests of honour – Joanna Lumley OBE, PENHA’s Patron, and Dr. Tekeste Ghebray, former Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The event attracted people from different backgrounds – professionals, academics, and diaspora community members – and was a great success.

PENHA hosts Mrs. Shukri Haji Ismail, Somaliland’s Minister of Environment and Rural Development

During her October 2016 visit to the UK, PENHA held a reception for Mrs. Shukri Haji Ismail, Somaliland’s Minister of Environment and Rural Development, at the Massawa Restaurant in Archway, with PENHA trustees and staff members, associates, partners and friends. Among the invited guests were Dr. Tekeste Ghebray, former Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Charlie Paton and Abdi Hirsi of Seawater Greenhouse Ltd, Rhoda Ibrahim of Horn Peace Group, Dr.

Invitation: An African Legacy & Pastoralist Livelihoods - A Cultural Night in London

PENHA is organising a cultural event and all are invited.

Guests of Honour:

Joanna Lumley OBE PENHA Patron


        Dr. Tekeste Ghebray former Executive Secretary of IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development)

Date and Time:

December 3rd 2016 from 6pm-10pm


Research-policy dialogue highlights the importance of partnerships and knowledge sharing for inclusive development

Partnerships and knowledge sharing are key to achieving more inclusive development in Africa.


The 2016 annual meeting of the Coalition of European Lobbies for Eastern African Pastoralism (CELEP) was held on 5–7 October in IIED headquarters in London, United Kingdom. It was hosted by IIED and organised by Vétérinaires Sans Frontières–Belgium (VSFB).