The Birth of PARAN Alliance was 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 study was conducted in Marsabit, Isiolo, Laikipia and Samburu Counties (IMPACT, 2017)’. The study was funded by the Christensen Fund (TCF) with Contribution from McGill University.
As a strategy to promote collective action to address the community land and natural resource governance challenges facing pastoralism, IMPACT took the lead to engage four other organizations(also supported by TCF) who felt the need to consolidate their efforts through a network. The organizations are based and operational in Marsabit, Isiolo, Laikipia and Samburu (MILS) where the study took place. The initial Founding partners are: IMPACT (Indigenous Movement for Peace Advancement and Conflict Transformation), Indigenous Strategies and Institution for Development (ISID), Waso TrustLand Project, Kivulini Trust and Samburu Women Trust. The other partners who have expressed keen interest are Pastoralist Governance and Development Organisation, Pastoralists Integrated Support Program (PISP) and Isiolo Peace Link and Merti Integrated Development Program (MIDP). IMPACT is currently hosting the alliance. One critical advantage among others is that the founding and potential partner organizations have managed to build small but solid social movements in their areas of operation and have won trust with target communities.
PARAN was thought out as a collective social movement made of up of pastoralists institutions and organizations (Customary /Traditional institutions, Women Groups, Youth Groups, Community Based Organizations, NGOs, Water Resource User Associations, Rangelands User Association, Livestock Marketing Associations and formal/informal networks). The role of PARAN will be to build the expertise, leadership, linkage and participation capacity, of its members to enable them engage and negotiate and enter into partnership with national governmental programs/agencies, county governments and assemblies, research agencies, academia, private sector, conservation agencies and donors to strengthen and promote.