Pastoralism in Sudan: mapping the stakeholders
A mapping and survey of stakeholders in pastoralist development in Sudan was recently carried out as a joint effort of Feinstein International Centre (Tufts University), SOS Sahel and the United National Environment Programme (UNEP). Broad categories of stakeholders were identified and characterised. A questionnaire survey was designed to capture the profile of the different stakeholders and their institutions, including an analysis of their engagement with pastoralists and their awareness and opinions on challenges and policies affecting pastoralist livelihood systems. A desk-based review of the 2011 UN project database allowed a profiling of the agencies and projects that target pastoralists or pastoralist livestock production. The results were compiled in a “Pastoralists Stakeholder Mapping Report”, the highlights of which are summarised in a short report. Over half of the challenges identified by survey respondents related to environment and natural resources. A review of the UN workplan for 2011 indicated that pastoralists are generally under-represented or poorly considered in the UN humanitarian and recovery programmes, which also reflects the gaps within the national and state-level government.