Creating Vibrant Grassroots Movements

Pastoralists Alliance for Resilience and Adaptation in Northern Rangelands (PARAN) 

is a collective social movement made of up of pastoralists institutions and organizations, including: customary/traditional institutions, women’s groups, youth groups, community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, water resource user associations, rangelands user association, livestock marketing associations and other formal/informal networks. The role of PARAN is to strengthen and promote sustainable pastoralism by building the expertise, leadership, and capacity of its members to engage, negotiate and partner with relevant stakeholders, including: national governmental programs/agencies, county governments and assemblies, research agencies, academia, the private sector, conservation agencies and donors.

Our Mission

The overarching goal of PARAN is to secure pastoralist land rights and strengthen climate change resilience and adaptation among pastoralists by improving and advocating for community based natural resource management and building social movements and coalitions in Marsabit, Isiolo, Laikipia and Samburu

    1. To build the membership’s capacity to form and mobilise alliances and networks across diverse constituencies, sectors, communities and geographies as a foundation for strong intra- and inter-community grassroots movements;
    2. To directly support and strengthen the capacity of pastoralist peoples and their organizations to undertake concrete work and advocacy activities at the county and national level on the implementation of the Community Land Act;
    3. To directly support pastoralist peoples and their organizations in the development of community based natural resource management arrangements as a strategy and tool of enhancing climate change resilience and adaptation;
    4. To strengthen and promote structured intra- and inter-community dialogue across four targeted counties as a strategy of minimizing conflicts that have continued to weaken community capacity for resilience, especially among women;
    5. To advocate for cultural heritage and Indigenous Traditional Knowledge to be recognized as a resource and asset to pastoralists and to promote the use of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge instrengthening climate change resilience and adaptation among pastoralists;
    6. To undertake research to generate new or support existing evidence on sustainable pastoralism, as well as on the impacts of external pressures, including large-scale land investments, on pastoralism, climate change resilience and adaptation.


"The formation of PARAN is inspired by a study entitled ‘The Socio-Economic Impacts of the Current Model of Community-Based Conservation under the Communal Land Tenure System in Northern Kenya. A Survey of Marsabit, Isiolo, Laikipia and Samburu Counties’ (IMPACT, 2017). This study was funded by the Christensen Fund (TCF) with contributions from McGill University. The findings of this study suggest that there is a need for collective action to address the community land and natural resource governance challenges facing pastoralists in northern Kenya. Based on these findings, IMPACT has taken the lead to engage and consolidate the efforts of four other organizations (also supported by TCF) by forming a network. The organizations are based and operational in each of the counties where the study took place, including Marsabit, Isiolo, Laikipia and Samburu (MILS) – PARAN’s four target counties. "