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Discussion Paper, May 2002 In Search of a Vision for the future of Pastoralism in East Africa: Developing an Alliance and Strategy in support of Pastoral Self- determination Discussion Paper

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Document begins: Discussion Paper, May 2002 In Search of a Vision for the future of Pastoralism in East Africa: Developing an Alliance and Strategy in support of Pastoral Self- determination Discussion Paper By Ced Hesse and Michael Ochieng Odhiambo1 1. Introduction The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the process of reflection and debate among pastoralists and pastoral organizations as well as other organizations and individuals working in pastoral areas of East Africa on how, collectively better to work with and support the emergence of a pastoral civil society movement capable of driving its own development agenda. This discussion has become more urgent and necessary in the light of the many reforms going on in East Africa, many of which have serious implications for the livelihoods of pastoralists. The need for pastoralists to organize an effective voice to take part in the reforms if they have to ensure that their interests are taken into account cannot be denied. IIED and RECONCILE have both jointly and individually been involved in discussions about this matter for some time now, and have developed a joint programme on reinforcement of pastoral civil society in East Africa, which is due to take off shortly. ...

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