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Capacity Building

Tackling Somaliland Pastoralists Poverty and Environmental Degradation


Baring Foundations has funded capacity building programme in three regions of Somaliland (Sool, Erigavo and Sanaag) during the period of 2001 to 2004.

The basic aims of the project were:

  • Establish local pastoralist non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) in Somaliland;
  • Build up the capacities of these organisations at the grass roots level so that pastoralists can have the possibility of controlling their own development;
  • Promote debate within the country about the role of the pastoralist economy – with the purpose of encouraging policy makers, development agencies and others to recognise the importance of pastoralists as stakeholders in both the national and the local economies.

In the evaluation report at the end of the project, the researcher said:

“(t)here is a general feeling that PENHA is meeting the needs of the Pastoralist communities, and this mutual trust and acknowledgement is an important and necessary precursor for the development of collaborative and sustainable programmes.”

The end of project report can be downloaded here as a pdf (115kb).