Welcome to the website of the Coalition of European Lobbies for Eastern African Pastoralism (CELEP), an informal advocacy group of European organisations and specialists partnering with pastoralist organisations and specialists in Eastern Africa. The members and partners of the Coalition combine forces to lobby their national governments and European and Eastern African bodies to explicitly recognise and support pastoralism and pastoralists in the drylands of Eastern Africa. We have also joined forces with an international movement to designate the year 2020 as the International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists. On this website, you can find the latest news, documents and articles related to the activities and interests of CELEP.


By: Ann

Kenya’s Community Land Act: threat & potential for pastoralists

Kenya’s 2010 Constitution classified community land alongside public and private land as having equal status and protection. However, the Ministry of Lands, National Land Commission and county governments have no coherent strategy to roll out the Community Land Act. Development actors focus only on land registration, which can cause conflict and undermine efforts to protect […]

By: Ann

Kenyan pastoralists losing out on Equalization Fund

The Equalization Fund was set up by the Government of Kenya (GoK) to address the marginalisation and low level of infrastructure in the North. It provides for annual appropriation of 0.5% of all revenue collected by the GoK to use in improving basic services such as water, roads, health facilities and electricity for communities in […]

By: Petra Dilthey

Advocating for animal health services adapted to pastoralism

How should animal health services be organised so as to provide good-quality community-based services adapted to the needs of pastoralists? Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium (VSFB) – acting CELEP focal point since 2013 – tried to answer this question by holding a series of workshops together with Réseau Billital Maroobe (RBM) in West Africa in 2015-17 […]

By: Ann

Opportunities and challenges of Kenya’s Community Land Act

In 2016, Kenya acknowledged customary tenure as producing lawful property rights, not merely rights of occupation and use on government or public lands. The 25-page article “The Community Land Act in Kenya: opportunity and challenges for communities” (2018) by Liz Alden Wily, published in the journal Land 7, 12 (doi:10.3390/land7010012), looks into this new legal […]

By: Ann

Long history of livestock marketing by African pastoralists

Development planners today often want to “link pastoralists to market” so that they will sell more of their animals. The book “Customary commerce: a historical reassessment of pastoral livestock marketing in Africa” (1992, 126pp) by Carol Kerven, published by the Overseas Development Institute (London, UK), challenges the assumptions that pastoralists were isolated from the market […]

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