Pastoralists across Eastern and Southern Africa face a long list of threats: conflicts and violence, blocked migration routes, the expansion of farming into the best grazing areas, a lack of services such as schools and health care. Now the region’s herders are getting organized to deal with these issues. A group of over twenty organizations from eight countries have agreed to work together to press for recognition for herders’ contribution to the economy and society.
The SPIDA research project produces an update on the progress made with the activities and the following brief article summarises the recent tasks carried out by the team.
Dr. Tafesse Mesfin, one of PENHA's long standing trustees from Ethiopia attended this important workshop on the provision of humanitarian aid to pastoralists in East Africa. This meeting was held in Schizuoka and was organized by the Japanese Centre for Global Studies.
El Niño is predicted to have a serious impact on the Eastern Africa region. Somalia, Kenya and the southern parts of Ethiopia are expected to see above average rainfall, while South Sudan, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti and North-Eastern Ethiopia are drier than normal conditions or even drought.
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Dr. Zeremariam Fre, the Consortium Leader and Principal investigator for the Social Protection in Inclusive Development in Afar (SPIDA-Ethiopia) had attended on the ‘Refining Impact Pathways of Research Projects’ workshop held in University of Leiden, the Netherland on October 16th 2015. The event organised by the NWO-WOTRO and INCLUDE was a continuation of the previous workshop held in Nairobi in May 2015 where the SPIDA project was represented by Dr. Zaid Negash, Project Principal Investigator and President of Adigrat University.
As part of the year-long celebrations for the Silver Jubilee Anniversary of PENHA, an exhibition of photographs documenting the changing lives of the pastoralists in the Horn of Africa, taken by photojournalist Vanessa Champion who had travelled with PENHA in Uganda, was officially opened on Monday October 5th 2015 at Calumet’s flagship store in Drummond Street, London. The event attracted many viewers from different sectors including artists, photographers, celebrities, academics, philanthropists, non-governmental organisation staff and other interested individuals.
An all-day conference on new challenges faced by pastoralists in the Horn of Africa, from the impacts of climate change to managing relationships with the private sector.
Session 1 Putting pastoralism on the political map.
This panel session will look at how pastoralism has become a mainstream issue and examine present opportunities and challenges in the political arena.
Session 2 Evolution of the pastoral economy.
Newsletter Number 13
Managing the challenges of Prosopis
Social Protection in Ethiopia
Women’s Groups in Sudan
Co-operatives in Somaliland
PENHA Uganda: Pastoralism Locally and globally
PENHA in the Horn of Africa
Celebrating PENHA’s 25th. Anniversary
Food We Want
Anniversary conference themes:
To mark PENHA’s 25th anniversary, we are collecting written reflections on the evolution of pastoralism over the past quarter-century. Submissions should draw on the 1989 workshop report on establishing PENHA (see attached) and the themes of the anniversary conference taking place at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London, UK on Friday October 2nd 2015:
PENHA’s Silver Anniversary was commemorated with our annual 10 km fundraising walk along the beautiful banks of the Thames River in London on Saturday 27th June 2015. The fundraising event with 16 people including PENHA staff, supporters and friends participating was a great moment as it brought people from both age groups who knew and supported PENHA since inception and also recently associated.