Enhancing the Capacity of Pastoralist CBOs & NGOs
To contribute to the empowerment of Pastoralist communities in Eastern Africa and the Horn, so that they can achieve economic, cultural and environmental sustainability within the broader framework of human and minority rights protection.
February 2009 - February 2012
Minority Rights Group International (MRG)
Pastoralist communities who live in the East/Horn of Africa share & experience crosscutting problems/difficulties and are extremely marginalized from the political process. There is a need to play an informed & effective role in the design & implementation of policies that impact their lives. Pastoralist communities lack the advocacy skills necessary to inform policy makers of the rationale behind their livelihood systems & are unable to defend their interests in the face of gov’t priorities.
To enhance Pastoralist civil society capacities to identify and develop inter and intra-community conflict prevention mechanisms and promote equal opportunities for political participation.
Strengthened capacities of Pastoralist NGOs to implement coordinated peace-building initiatives.
Activities» Capacity building training: training sessions on advocacy and capacity building involving an approach to advocacy based on constructive dialogue.
» Capacity & organizational support to partners-financial support to partners that will enable them to retain staff to oversee implementation of project
Success will be when there are strengthened capacities of Pastoralist NGOs and communities to implement coordinated peace-building initiatives.
Increased expertise of Pastoralist NGOs in networking on conflict prevention methodologies
Activities» Research and publication of one report on traditional role of elders to avert conflict and maintain peace.
» 8 Inter-community collaboration projects: promoting dialogue and collaboration among Pastoralist communities on common issues.
Success will be when there is an increased expertise of Pastoralist NGOs in networking on conflict prevention methodologies and mechanisms.
Improved dialogue & networking among different Pastoralist communities, CSOs & decision makers.
Activities» Round table meetings: 4 national and 2 regional round table meetings between representatives of pastoralist men and women and relevant decision makers
Success will be when there is improved dialogue and networking among different Pastoralist communities and between Pastoralist CSOs and decision-makers.
By enhancing Pastoralist communities’ participation in politics and decision-making processes, this project will contribute to redefining minority policies, address concerns, values and experiences specific to Pastoralist women, and provide new perspectives on mainstream issues such as poverty reduction. It will also create a participatory and conflict sensitive approach to development issues, especially with regard to minority communities.
Risks include fieldwork and community based activities jeopardised by civil/political unrest, outbreak of disease, or major environment disaster. 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 - Project Cost: £158,351Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £12,351 Capacity Building Capacity/ Leadership Building £40,000 Advocacy In-country/regional/international advocacy £60,000 Cultural Events Batwa Cultural days £46,000 Film Film/documenting culture projects
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount European Commission £475,054 Guaranteed
Ethiopia (Addis Abeba, Dire Dawa, Moyale, Samara and Yabello), Kenya (Isiolo, Narok, Nairobi and Moyale),Tanzania (Arusha and Dar es Salaam) and Uganda (Kampala, Mbale and Moroto)
The final beneficiaries are 15 million members of Pastoralist communities in the region: Afar, Anuak, Beja, Borana, Gabbra, Hamar, Guji, Karamojong, Maasai, Pokot, Samburu, Shuluk, Somali & Turkana communities, etc. This programme will also benefit majority communities in the region including: human rights organisations, conflict practitioners & development actors concerned w/ issues affecting Pastoralists, parliamentarians & officials & intergovernmental officials & policy institutions.
There is no other NGO with MRG’s broad mandate on minority issues, nor its high reputation among minority communities, gov’ts & UN human rights bodies. MRG has consultative status with the UN Economic & Social Council & observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Since 1998, MRG’s work has led to the creation of National & Regional Elders Councils, addressed inter-community tensions & discrimination against Pastoralist women, & created Pastoralist Women Network.
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Pastoralist Forum Ethiopia (PFE)
PFE will also play a central role in the research and documentation work as well as in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project.
Karamoja Agro Pastoralist Development Programme (KADP)
KADP will also play a central role in the research and documentation work as well as in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project.
Maasa Women Development Organization (MWEDO)
MWEDO will also play a central role in the research and documentation work as well as in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project.