PDNK Initiatives

Since it was formed, PDNK has undertaken several initiatives including the launch of district forums, organized and sponsored pastoralists in issue based workshops and open declaration making forums, trainings on rights based approaches, policy and legal advocacy, including undertaking Civic Education exercises. It has also engaged several media organizations including BBC, Bloomberg TV, CNN, Voice of America, Associated Press and several Kenya media houses on issues that are central to pastoralists. PDNK also works very closely with other local partners. For example, it is the current chair of Kenya Rangelands Coalition, a member of the steering committee of the Kenya Pastoralist Week, a member of the national steering committee on Climate Change and the Redd+ process, a founder member of the East Africa Working Group on Pastoralism, a member of the Global Multi Stakeholder Platform for Livestock and a co-convener of the Minorities and Indigenous Peoples Thematic group under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the Vice Chair of the IGAD Civil Society Forum membres and a focal point in Kenya for the African Commissions’ Working Group on Indigenous Populations/ in Africa (WGIP) among others.

PDNK has been working with and received a lot of support from various donors and development support organisations both local and international. It has partnered variously with CORDAID, Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), Oxfam GB, UNIFEM, UNDP, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Arid Lands Resource Management Programme, Committee of Experts on Constitutional Review (COE), UNESCO, International Work Group on Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), American Jewish World Service, First Peoples Worldwide, UNESCO, Ministry of Internal Security, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Ministry for the Development of Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands, various committees of parliament amongst others. Amongst its main local partners are; Regional Pastoral Livelihoods Advocacy Project (REGLAP), Centre for Minority Rights Development (CEMIRIDE), Pastoralist Parliamentary Group (PPG), South Rift Association of Land Owners (SORALO), African Conservation Centre (ACC), Mainyoito Pastoralist Integrated Development Organisation (MPIDO), Endorois Welfare Council (ECW), League of Pastoralist Women of Kenya (LPWK), Ogiek Peoples Development Programme (OPDP), World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism (WISP), Livestock Policy Initiative of IGAD, IUCN, RECONCILE, KNCHR, KHRC, Kenya Land Alliance (KLA), Dignity International(Malaysia), Uganda Land Alliance, PINGOs (Tanzania) amongst others.

ABOUT PDNK

Pastoralist Development Network - of Kenya

We are an advocacy NGO established under a Trust deed number 791 DI 4453128 in 2003. The network is a conglomeration of 60 pastoralists’ individuals, NGOs and CBOs and non-pastoralist institutions and individuals supporting pastoralists’ development process in Kenya. It draws its membership from North Rift, South Rift, North Eastern and Upper Eastern regions of Kenya representing 14 pastoralist Counties. Its mission is to lobby for the inclusion of the pastoralist agenda in mainstream development with the vision of a prosperous pastoralist society.

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