Representing the PENHA-UCL-Adigrat University Consortium for the Social Protection for Inclusive Development in Afar (SPIDA) Dr. Zaid Negash has attended the INCLUDE and the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) organized working conference on 'Building Policy-Knowledge Communities for Inclusive Development in Africa' in Nairobi, Kenya on 11th and 12th May 2015. A brief news item was produced by the INCLUDE/AERC follows.
PENHA in partnership with the University College London (UCL) and Adigrat University of Ethiopia has secured a grant of €301,436 from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) to assess the social protection policy of the Government in the Afar Region.
The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) of the Coventry University is offering a studentship in its 'Agroecology as an Innovation in Pastoralism, Riverine Agro-pastoralism and Peri-urban Farming Systems in South-Central Somalia' research project. See below the research project call background.
is the first comprehensive initiative bringing pastoralists and international actors together to integrate pastoralist concerns into international policy dialogue.
Who and why?
Several 100 million pastoralists produce food and provide essential ecosystem services, but are often misunderstood, marginalized and excluded from dialogue.
The Hub is an initiative coordinated by FAO enabling pastoralists to voice their concerns to the international community.
John Plastow of CARE International, PENHA Chair of Board of Trustees, visited the PENHA-Somaliland office in Hargeisa. John met staff, talked about programmes and exchanged ideas. Over several intensive days during mid March 2015, John also conducted meetings and field visits with CARE’s Somaliland staff. Their work includes support for girls’ education and strengthening livelihoods.
This handbook has been produced for journalists and other media practitioners as a quick reference guide on pastoralism. It provides summarised yet critical information intended to enable quicker understanding of the subject, especially for those involved in disseminating information through the mass media. Its purpose is to provide information that the media may use to influence perceptions, policies and practices on pastoralism among policy makers and the general public. The handbook has been compiled through a review of literature on pastoralism at national, regional and global levels.
The proceeding for the PENHA Prosopis Regional Conference held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during the end of November 2014 is published. To access the document, please click the link:
Sadia Ahmed, PENHA's Representative in Somaliland, is attending the Somali Investment Forum: Returning Capital for Growth (SIF). Shuraako and the US Embassy, Nairobi are co-hosting this two and a half day event which will convene entrepreneurs, investors, sector experts, business development experts and other and other stakeholders – all of whom are focused on Somalia – to discuss investing in Somalia and to make investment deals.
PENHA with the support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and in partnership Ethiopians Agro-Pastoralist Development Association (EAPDA) created an opportunity for the Sudanese, Somalis, Ethiopians and others to visit the animal feed manufacturer - Ethio-Feed which is located in Adama (Nazareth), Oromia Region of Ethiopia.
A long-time member of the Prolinnova network, Fetien Abay, received the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award 2014 for the Eastern African Region in the Earth and Life Sciences category. The award ceremony was on 19 December 2014 at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Fetienwas given recognition for her outstanding achievements in science and technology. She is the Director of the Institute of Environment, Gender and Development Studies at Mekelle University in northern Ethiopia and is the scientific coordinator of various community-based projects.