Power, equity and gender in pastoralist NRM
Power relations in pastoral societies are in constant flux. Recent changes in power relations in making decisions in natural resource management (NRM) are highlighted in a policy brief from WISP (World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism) on Power, equity, gender and decision-making in NRM (4pp, 2007). It focuses on pastoralist societies in East Africa – e.g. Barabaig, Karamojong, Maasai – and looks at changes in gender roles, elitist capture of power, influence of devolution of government on customary institutions, and relations between pastoralists, arable farmers and conservationists.