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  • Amount Funded

    199,596 EURO

    Project Duration

    01 Aug 2017 - 31 Jan 2019
  • Lead organisation

  • Organisation

    PINGO’s forum is a human rights and development umbrella NGO with a network of about 52 member organisations.  PINGO was established in 1994 and formally registered in 1996 seeking to advocate and develop competencies for sustainable livelihoods and development of pastoralists and hunter-gatherer communities in Tanzania.

    PINGO’s forum endeavours to amplify the voices and foster the interest of pastoralists and hunter-gatherers by advocating for change through advocating in the following areas:

    • Good governance and human rights (social, economic, political and cultural rights);
    • Gender justice;
    • Capacity Building of community and its member CSOs and key stakeholders;
    • Networking with stakeholders with similar objectives; and,
    • Working on Climate Change and other issues that affect the livelihood sustainability of the pastoralists and hunter gathers.

    PINGO’s vision is a just community of pastoralists and hunter-gatherers with sustainable, recognised, and respected rights, and the mission is to create a lasting solution for injustices and poverty to pastoralists and hunter-gatherer communities.

    • Organisation

      PINGO’s forum is a human rights and development umbrella NGO with a network of about 52 member organisations.  PINGO was established in 1994 and formally registered in 1996 seeking to advocate and develop competencies for sustainable livelihoods and development of pastoralists and hunter-gatherer communities in Tanzania.

      PINGO’s forum endeavours to amplify the voices and foster the interest of pastoralists and hunter-gatherers by advocating for change through advocating in the following areas:

      • Good governance and human rights (social, economic, political and cultural rights);
      • Gender justice;
      • Capacity Building of community and its member CSOs and key stakeholders;
      • Networking with stakeholders with similar objectives; and,
      • Working on Climate Change and other issues that affect the livelihood sustainability of the pastoralists and hunter gathers.

      PINGO’s vision is a just community of pastoralists and hunter-gatherers with sustainable, recognised, and respected rights, and the mission is to create a lasting solution for injustices and poverty to pastoralists and hunter-gatherer communities.

    • Project

      This project aims at enhancing recognition and self-determination of pastoralists and hunter-gatherers, capable of influencing policies and decision-making processes.  It is addressing the following problems:

      • A lack of recognition and inclusion (livelihood and traditional knowledge);
      • Poor capacity to influence decision-making processes;
      • Poor governance (such as the weak rule of law, accountability, administration of justice and  transparency); and
      • Finally, social norms and harmful cultural practices.

      The project has two specific objectives:

      The rights of pastoralists and hunter-gatherers are recognised and reflected in governance principles, administration of justice, policies, and laws with enhanced capacity to influence decision-making on issues of human rights;

      The socio-economic and political rights of women, youth and elders are promoted and protected by indigenous communities to enhance self-determination.

  • Project

    This project aims at enhancing recognition and self-determination of pastoralists and hunter-gatherers, capable of influencing policies and decision-making processes.  It is addressing the following problems:

    • A lack of recognition and inclusion (livelihood and traditional knowledge);
    • Poor capacity to influence decision-making processes;
    • Poor governance (such as the weak rule of law, accountability, administration of justice and  transparency); and
    • Finally, social norms and harmful cultural practices.

    The project has two specific objectives:

    The rights of pastoralists and hunter-gatherers are recognised and reflected in governance principles, administration of justice, policies, and laws with enhanced capacity to influence decision-making on issues of human rights;

    The socio-economic and political rights of women, youth and elders are promoted and protected by indigenous communities to enhance self-determination.

  • Results

    The major advocacy outcome of this project was a statement issued by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania on January 15, 2019, acknowledging the long-time suffering of pastoralists being evicted from their lands. He highlighted that the seven responsible ministries must work together to find solutions on land conflicts affecting pastoralists in the country. Additionally, the President agreed to meet with marginalized pastoralists that year.

    This has changed the behaviours and perception of the public and duty bearers at local government levels regarding the rights of marginalized pastoralists.

    The project created understanding and awareness of the pastoralists groups on land and human rights issues. Now each community has some leaders that whenever an issue emerges are ready to meet and talk to duty bearers and members of parliament. Communities are also aware of their rights and they can now confidently talk to the media and address the public. They know how to document and report issues - for instance in the case of Vilima vitatu when their homesteads were burnt. They recorded and uploaded the clips on social media.

    During the project implementation Pingo facilitated dialogues between community representatives and policymakers on issues affecting them which led to the following: 

    • The statement of the President that halted all plans to evict pastoralists from their lands and ordered that wildlife conservation areas laws reviewed within a month and the proposed bill to be tabled in the next Parliamentary budget session.
    • The District Commissioner of Hai stopped all acts done by KADCO that violate community rights and promised to institute a commission to investigate the matter, while the permanent secretary promised to inform the minister on the matter for further actions.
    • The parliament resolved in unison that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism must halt the arbitrary boundary beacons planting in villages with immediate effect. It also resolved against the confiscation of livestock, unlawful fines and killing livestock

    The proposed New Wildlife Conservation Bill 2017 was struck out at the Committee level disallowing a second reading of the Bill in parliament. This is a result of Pingos engagement who linked communities with policymakers who made presentations of facts and on existing gaps in the proposed bill. The outcome being policies/laws that are pro- pastoralists (marginalized group)

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