Project information

Empowering Ugandan and Kenyan Pastoralists

To reduce poverty levels among the most vulnerable pastoralists in Uganda and Kenya & to ensure that these communities are at less risk from conflict. The project will seek explicit pledges from governments in both countries to domesticate the African Union (UA) Policy Framework for Pastoralists.

3 years

Charity information

Minority Rights Group International (MRG)

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  • Need


    In both Uganda and Kenya, pastoralists are among the poorest communities and are discriminated against by majority communities and political leaders. Successive government policies have curtailed the rights of pastoralists to use traditional land, which has left many marginalised and impoverished. The impact of climate change and desertification, has led to pastoralists moving cattle beyond traditional pastures. This has resulted in increased conflict over the use of resources.


    The project will push for the adoption and implementation of policies at the national level, to ensure real and substantive change for pastoralists. The initiative will sensitise stakeholders at all levels to the issues facing pastoralists in order for a genuinely pro-pastoralist poverty reduction plan to emerge. Furthermore, it will equip the community with the capacity to deal with conflictual situations.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Strengthen pastoralists' understanding of their rights and their advocacy capacity.


    » Training to 1,000 pastoralists in Kenya and Uganda on regional & national policy frameworks & advocacy techniques.
    » Conflict-resolution training to a small group of pastoralists who will be supported and encouraged to take their learning to the wider community.

    Success will be when 1,000 pastoralists in Kenya and Uganda gain a better understanding of their rights & strengthen their capacity to advocate for themselves.

    Aim 2

    Sensitise decision-makers to the issues pastoralists face.


    » 1,000 pastoralists rating the effectiveness of government poverty reduction strategies and how they impact on their own lives.
    » Media campaigns, including ten community radio debates which will involve interaction between pastoralists & decision-makers at all levels.

    Success will be when governments adopt and implement more policies to empower pastoralists politically & economically.

    Aim 3

    Embed and strengthen regional coordination of pastoralists.


    » Support the Regional Centre for Pastoralist Elders in Uganda and Kenya, including its financial & operational management & communication capacity.

    The Regional Centre for Pastoralist Elders in Uganda and Kenya strengthens its capacity to work for pastoralists as individuals and organisations.

    Aim 4

    Build the leadership capacity of women from pastoralist communities.


    » Training women in conflict resolution to enhance their capacity to negotiate & strengthen their decision making responsibilities in the household.

    Pastoralist women can fully benefit from project activities through their participation in the training and consultative meetings.

  • Impact


    This project will provide an opportunity for law makers, pastoralists and the civil society sector at large to understand the African Union Policy Framework for Pastoralists (AUPFP) and push for its domestication. 1,000 pastoralists in Uganda and Kenya will learn the most effective advocacy techniques to ensure their voices are heard. Thus the initiative will have a major impact on the recognition of marginalised groups, and the realisation of their rights and access to services.


    Risks include fieldwork and community based activities jeopardised by civil/political unrest. However, MRG has a contingency plan that would be put into place and would encompass this project.


    Reporting to donors will take place on an annual basis, in conjunction with our main donor’s reporting guidelines.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £428,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £165,000 Advocacy regional and national advocacy
      £80,000 Training knowledge-sharing seminars
      £150,000 Capacity building capacity-building for national groups so that regional network may function well
      £33,000 Training for women developing and sending materials
  • Background


    Uganda and Kenya


    The project will benefit pastoralist communities, which make up 5% and 18% of Uganda and Kenya’s respective populations. In Uganda, the project will empower 500 pastoralists to understand the National Development Plan as it affects them and enable them to hold government to account in its implementation. In Kenya, 500 pastoralists will have a better understanding of the new constitution and will be able to ensure that local administrations respond better to pastoralist priorities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    There is no other NGO with MRG’s broad mandate on minority issues, nor its high reputation among minority communities, governments and UN human rights bodies. MRG has consultative status with the UN Economic & Social Council and observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.This action builds on MRG's expertise and contacts in Africa. In Kenya and Uganda, MRG has been working with minority and indigenous peoples for more than 10 years.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Coalition Of Pastoralist And Civil Society Organisations (COPACSO)

    COPACSO will contribute with its strong experience supporting CSOs to engage with policy formulation and advocacy for pastoralists' rights.

    Uganda Land Alliance (ULA)

    ULA will assist with its expertise of the link between pastoralists’ poverty levels and poor government policies in Uganda.


    The Partner will contribute to the initiative through its expertise of the issues women and girls from pastoralist communities in Kenya experience.

    Garba Tulla Development Organisation (GTDO)

    GTDO will play an important role because if their experience working with the pastoralist community in Isiolo County.