Kenya Pastoralists’ Week 15–17 Feb 2017

KPW is an annual multistakeholder partnership event that brings together an array of alliances drawn from individual pastoralists, pastoralist associations, government, private sector, academia, media and mainstream civil society throughout Kenya to articulate the key challenges faced by pastoralists and to propose policies on sustainable development based on principles of shared risk and mutual benefit.

The KPW exhibitions and a 3-day national conference ran concurrently on 15–17 February in Nanyuki, Laikipia County. The thematic focus was on “Promoting Pastoralists’ Participation in County Governance”. It provided pastoralists with a platform to analyse their level of public participation in devolved governance as stipulated by the Constitution and legislation including the County Governments Act and Public Finance Management Act, with the main objective of enhancing democracy through participatory governance.

The gala night celebrations were held on 17 February to promote pastoralist culture through traditional pastoralist cuisine, dance, fashion show and artwork displays.

KPW is organised and supported by several state and non-state organisations, coordinated by CEMIRIDE (Centre for Minority Rights Development). The CELEP focal point for Eastern Afria, Ken Otieno, reports on the 2017 event here.

For further information about the annual KPW, contact Halima Suleiman, CEMIRIDE (

Posted on 26 March 2017 in News, Pastoralism, Policy & Power