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  • PENHA CELEBRATES ITS 30TH ANNIVERSARY (1989-2019)

    PENHA launches its year-long 30 years of the anniversary celebration last Thursday, November 28th 2019.

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  • PENHA becomes Somaliland NGO Consortium Advisory Board member

    Effective from 24th October 2019, PENHA becomes Somaliland NGO Consortium Advisory Board member.

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  • REDUCING REFUGEES BARRIERS IN KENT

    PENHA, under its UK Youth Programme, continuing its support to the asylum seekers and refugees in Kent has secured almost 10K grant for its 'Reducing Refugees Barriers in... To read more:

  • JOB ADVERT: INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME COORDINATOR (IPC)

    PENHA looks to hire an International Programme Coordinator (IPC) for its London office. Are you interested in the volunteer job, please send your letter of statement and... To apply:

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We work with local and international partners on the following thematic areas:

The UK Youth Programme We are now looking to further enhance UK youth engagement by building youth capacity through support and mentoring activities to tackle diverse challenges faced by youth; awareness gap on development issues; unemployment and migration, cohesion and integration to the UK society.

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 & Climate Change We improve the livelihoods of pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities by providing them with technical skills in making use of locally available plants, such as prosopis as an animal feed.

Prosopis Management & Utilisation We promote appropriate win-win approaches to control prosopis including through the development of innovative rural enterprises. PENHA has organized major regional conferences on prosopis, and undertaken projects for IFAD and FAO. We are currently looking for partners to help scale out recent success.

Pastoral Environmental & 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 & prevention in collaboration with local and international partners we deliver training, do research and run workshops to address resource-based conflict in the region.

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 of 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 the ground via creating and strengthening genuine partnerships and promote a gender-sensitive participatory approach

Consultancy Work – for governments, international organizations, regional organizations and universities and research centres. 

PENHA believes in strong and genuine partnership and networking and engagement with regional and global organisations where it showed its support. For instance, PENHA is one of the signatories of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) treaty. 

Effective from 24th October 2019, PENHA becomes Somaliland NGO Consortium Advisory Board member. As the recent announcement from the Consortium indicated, a total of six national and international NGOs were elected and endorsed to represent the NGO community in Somaliland. Their board membership lasts until 24 October 2020

Here are the six newly elected members and their representatives. 

International NGOs

PENHA, under its UK Youth Programme, continuing its support to the asylum seekers and refugees in Kent has secured almost 10K grant for its 'Reducing Refugees Barriers in Kent' project from the National Lottery. The project aims to provide intensive mentorship and career development for 500 young East African origin asylum seekers and refugees in Kent to widen their professional opportunities and access labour markets.

Job title: International Programme Coordinator (IPC) 

PENHA Board of Trustees

Trustee Vacancies 2019

About the book

Beni-Amer cattle owners in the western part of the Horn of Africa 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. The strong bonds between the Beni-Amer, their animals, and their environment constitute the basis of their ways of knowing, and much of their knowledge system is built on experience and embedded in their cultural practices.

In this book, the first to study Beni-Amer practices, Zeremariam Fre argues for the importance of their knowledge, challenging the preconceptions that regard it as untrustworthy when compared to scientific knowledge from more developed regions. Empirical evidence suggests that there is much one could learn from the other, since elements of pastoralist technology, such as those related to animal production and husbandry, make a direct contribution to our knowledge of livestock production. It is this potential for hybridization, as well as the resilience of the herders, at the core of the indigenous knowledge system.

Fre also argues that indigenous knowledge can be viewed as a stand-alone science, and that a community’s rights over ownership should be defended by government officials, development planners and policy makers, making the case for a celebration of the knowledge sovereignty of pastoralist communities.

About the author

Zeremariam Fre is the founding director and former head of regional NGO, the Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa (PENHA). He currently works at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit at UCL as a teaching fellow and course tutor. His research and teaching are inspired by his work experience in development planning, dry land agriculture, land use policy, food security, peri-urban agriculture, indigenous knowledge systems, the role of women in food production, NGOs and social movements.

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