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When PACJA initiated the program to help mitigate effects of climate change among pastoralist communities, it was not lost on us that this was beyond one nation but a problem shared by many.

East Africa provided the best opportunity to try out the program.

Pastoralism is mostly practiced in arid and semi-arid regions in Uganda. Marginalization, lack of enabling policies and direct dependence on natural resources increases their vulnerability to climate change impacts such as drought. Pastoral Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are creating awareness and capacity building to improve pastoral ecosystem resilience to climatic change.

Uganda’s economy mostly depends on the natural resources and thus it’s highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. Changes in weather patterns and increase in frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events like floods, and drought affects livelihood ecosystems.

Pastoral communities are not an exception to climate change vulnerabilities. They also have a burden of poverty and marginalization. Some of the critical issues facing the Ugandan pastoral communities include; conflict and insecurity, inadequate livestock marketing, inadequate water and health services for their livestock and poor governance.

In response to climate change, Uganda is in the process of enabling the policy environment for climate change governance with the ambition of enacting a law on climate change. The process to make this possible is on going with the country having a on climate change and the process to enact it already kick started. The climate change and range land management policy offers an opportunity to address several issues including: a framework to address to the global climate challenge in Uganda, mainstreaming of climate in different sectors, to ensure that Uganda takes effective and timely action to meet her obligation under the convention and facilitate the process of home grown contextualized solutions to the impacts of climate change

The policies enactment process offers an opportunity for pastoralist communities to have a voice on climate change issues through engagement in the process and securing their interest in the provisions of the law.

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Enhancing Policy Change on Climate Change and Natural Resource Management project

This project seeks to address the gaps in the existing climate related policies at the national and county. The project will advocate for the Ecosystem Based Approaches to be used as the overall approach in national and county level policies and plans. The key policies that will be targeted in the policy advocacy are agriculture, the National Adaptation plan, Energy and water polices. The project will target key policy makers at national and county level to achieve its policy advocacy agenda. The policy/decision makers that will be targeted are Directors, Cabinet Ministries and legislators.  Women groups, Natural Resource Management groups, and Community Management Disaster Risk Reduction groups, Charcoal Production Association groups at the national and county level will also key in the PACJA’s advocacy process.  

Project Outcomes

  1. National government authorities take action to develop, adopt or operationalize laws, policies and budgeted strategies that support the protection and sustainable management of natural resources through ecosystem-based adaptation in an equitable manner
  2. County Government authorities take action to develop, adopt or operationalize laws, policies and budgeted strategies that support the protection and sustainable management of natural resources through ecosystem-based adaptation in an equitable manner.



Funded by: Irish Aid          

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The Voice for Change Partnership Project (V4CP)

This V4CP project is designed and implemented under the premise that appropriate policies are a key component of stabilising the livelihoods of pastoral systems especially those that are geared towards adapting to a changing climate. Policies should be well formulated and adaptive to the needs of pastoral communities, incorporating indigenous knowledge and recognising the role of customary institutions. Supporting these is therefore paramount for to achieve the ambition of the project.

The long-term goal of the V4CP project under the theme of resilience is to achieve climate-resilient pastoralists’ communities with strengthened voice and participation in climate change policy-making processes in Kenya. This goal will be attained through the realization of enactment and implementation of inclusive legal frameworks and integration of pastoralists’ representatives in structures and processes of climate change decision-making. With PACJA’s vast experience and existing space as a credible CSO voice on climate change matters in Africa and particularly Kenya, and particularly in Kenya, PACJA understands and acknowledges the need for establishment of an institutionalized process for pastoralist organizations’.

The project goal is to increase pastoralist resilience to climate change by enhancing their voice in climate change policy formulation and implementation in Kenya.


  1. To enhance capacity of V4CP partners and CSOs partners on understanding of climate resilience, climate policy advocacy and climate finance to facilitate integration of climate change into Food security, Renewable energy and Resilience work
  2. To Increase collaboration between CSOs, private sector and government for climate action.
  3. To facilitate improved accountability mechanism at national and county levels in climate change processes.
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Deepening African Civil Society Engagement in International Post- Paris Climate Change Dialogues and Response Strategies

This project aims to strengthen African civil society engagement in implementation of Paris Agreement through enhancing the capacity of national platforms, and particularly the 8 priority Chapters, to engage their governments in the implementation of Paris Agreement and SDGs. It will also facilitate selected national chapters to participate and contribute to sub-regional, regional and international climate change dialogue processes with a view to holding governments to account on their commitment to NDCs and other provisions of Paris Agreement as well as strengthen the governance structure of PACJA and national chapters to effectively deliver their mandate. It also seeks to broaden citizen awareness on the Paris Agreement through robust media engagement.

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