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Youth participation in capturing pastoralist knowledge for policy processes (PLA 64)

Charles Kesa

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This article describes a unique, innovative and youth-led participatory ‘camel caravan’ process. The camel caravan is a pastoral community survey, and part of Horn Relief’s Pastoral Youth Leadership (PYL) project in Sanaag Region, a territory disputed between Somaliland and Puntland governments. This semi-arid area is mainly inhabited by pastoralists whose livelihoods are on the decline. This article shows how determined youth involved in the PYL project, as part of their learning process, went back to their pastoral roots amid challenges of insecurity and a hostile environment. The evidence generated through the survey brought to the fore the situation of pastoralists in this region. Through the camel caravan process, indigenous pastoralist knowledge was transformed into policy knowledge that could be taken up and used by government policy makers and development partners such as aid agencies and NGOs.

Participatory Learning and Action (PLA, formerly PLA Notes) is the world's leading series on participatory approaches and methods. PLA publishes articles on participation aimed at practitioners, researchers, academics and activists. All articles are peer-reviewed by an international editorial board. See: www.planotes.org

Keywords: Children, youth, young people, child rights, participatory governance.

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