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Humanitarian Humanitarian Policy Policy Group Group

Humanitarian Policy Group

Pastoralism demographics, settlement and service provision in the Horn and East Africa Transformation and opportunities May 2010

This report was commissioned by Helen Bushell, a Regional Advisor with Oxfam GB in Kenya.

About REGLAP This report was commissioned by Oxfam GB as part of an ECHO-funded project entitled ‘Reducing the vulnerability of pastoral communities through policy and practice change in the Horn and East Africa’. The project is also known as REGLAP (The Regional Livelihoods Advocacy Project). The project was coordinated by Oxfam GB. Other consortium members include CARE, Save the Children (UK), Cordaid, VSF-B, the Overseas Development Institute and Reconcile. The views and opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily state or reflect those of the REGLAP consortium members.

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Contents Acknowledgements




Executive summary


1 Introduction Definition of ‘pastoralist’ Definitions of demography, settlement and service provision patterns The future of pastoralism: a synthesis Demographic analysis framework Scope and limitations of the study: a dearth of data The context of pastoralist livelihoods: poverty, policies and political trends

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2 Data on Demographic Indicators, Settlement Patterns and Access to Basic Services for Pastoralists Demographic indicators Pastoralist settlement patterns

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3 Discussion Summary The Way Forward

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List of tables, figures and boxes

Table 1 Table 2 Table 3 Table 4 Table 5 Table 6 Table 7 Table 8 Table 9

Human Development Indices (HDI) and Human Poverty Indices (HPI) for Kenya pastoralist districts Human Development Indices (HDI) for the worst-performing districts in Uganda, highlighting the concentration of poverty in those districts with significant pastoralist populations Total fertility rate in pastoralist districts in Ethiopia and Kenya Infant mortality rates of pastoralist districts in Ethiopia and Kenya Life expectancy in Kenyan pastoralist districts Male/female ratios among pastoralist populations in Ethiopia and Kenya Dependency ratios in pastoralist-dominated districts in Kenya Ethiopia: urban and rural population in pastoralist regions, 2006–08 Social services in North Eastern Province vs. national average, Kenya, 2003


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Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 Figure 4

Pastoralist cluster groups in the Greater Horn of Africa Population growth rates in Kenya pastoralist districts Age pyramid of Afar region population Age pyramid of Somali region population

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Box 1 Box 2 Box 3

The need for improved policy dialogue Whose model of development? Changing land use in Kiruhura district, Uganda

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Acknowledgements The REGLAP Consortium would like to extend their gratitude to the people who have contributed to this work and provided comments and feedback, including Mr. Abbas, Kenya; Izzy Birch, Kenya; Francis Chabari at USAID, Nairobi; Jonathan Davies, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Nairobi; Lammert Zwaagstra, European Commission Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), Nairobi; Mesfin A. Belayneh at the Ministry of Federal Affairs, Ethiopia; Wudalat Gedamu at the Central Statistical Agency, Ethiopi