Alliances are purposely created by organisations, individuals or networks as pathways to solving difficult, complex and challenging problems and deliver lasting positive impact
The geographical focus of PARAN is Marsabit, Isiolo, Laikipia and Samburu (MILS). In future, we plan to expand to other pastoralists Counties in northern Kenya. In some strategic activities, indigenous organizations and influencers from other counties can be brought in to share their experiences. The learnings, advocacy and communication tools developed will be shared beyond the current areas of influence.
With the potential members who have expressed interest in joining Paran Alliance the geographic scope is widen further to cover Laikipia, Samburu, Isiolo, Baringo, Turkana, Marsabit, Kajiado, West Pokot counties and by extension northern Tanzania and Southern Ethiopia because of cross border engagement with Southern Ethiopia Oromia Pastoralists and northern Tanzania Maasai and parts of Northern Uganda Karamoja
Building an architecture that facilitates and unlocks community potential- Strategies for Movement building. PARAN will facilitate a number of inter linked strategies:
Organised Gathering: of communities/practitioners in person to discuss, learn, foster space, share experiences and relationship building.
Learning circles: In person meeting between like-minded practitioners to develop harmonised strategies and visioning based on lessons learned
Capacity strengthening: The Alliance will mentor, support and assist member organisation to develop or strengthen their international systems, planning and capacity to deeply engage with the issues being faced by the organisation internally and externally. Organisational and institutional development are important if the organisation have to be effective in delivering their commitments with the communities. The skillsets that the founding organisations have are unmatched if combined.
Community Inter-Generational Leadership camps: PARAN will organise leadership development camps elders (custodians of the customary institutions) and the youth for member organisations, communities, grassroots community and traditional institutions so that communities are able to adapt and mediate between the modern and traditional world.
Cultural concerts: cultural events are spaces being used by indigenous communities to advance their identities and heritage. This will be jointly organised to build relations but also promote a living culture uniquely intertwined with landscapes.
Community Based Natural Resource Governance: Strengthening and supporting recognition of ITK in natural resource governance and traditional institutions that have used to govern these resources for years. This experience can be used to support the work of Water Resource User Associations, Community Forest Associations, Rangelands Associations and Women and Youth Associations.
Campaign and advocacy: The organisation will plan joint campaign and advocate common issues as a way of building a strong voice and elevate the profiles of issues of concern to the national and international levels. Developing culturally sensitive and appropriate advocacy tools that can assist in articulating the voices of the communities.
Building a Gender Responsive Culture: It is appreciated that most pastoralists communities are patriarchal. It is also recognised that the roles of women, youth and men are defined but does are not adequate to respond to present day challenges and emergence of new governance and leadership processes that require full participation of each and every member of the community. PARAN will support its members in training and developing internal gender capacities.
Resources: PARAN will mobilise resources to support its members and expand its sub granting facility. The sub granting facility now stands at USD 170,000 and this will be expanded to USD 500,000 in 2020.