PPG Overview

    Background

    The Pastoralist Parliamentary Group (PPG) was formed in 1998. Its purpose is to mainstream the pastoralists’ agenda within the national political and policy processes. The membership of PPG is open to all members elected or nominated from the pastoralist counties to the National Assembly (MPs/CWR) and the Senate (Senators) regardless of their ethnicity or political party affiliation.

    The PPG membership in the 12th Parliament stands at 108 members from among the 11 political parties. There are a total of 27 women members including the first pastoralist woman elected to the Senate from Isiolo County and five women elected as Members of Parliament representing Baringo South, Ijara-Garissa, Kajiado East, Laikipia North, and Samburu West constituencies.

    The PPG members represent 15 Counties, 66 constituencies with a total land area of 75% and a population of more than 7,171,887 people and with 2,593,165 registered voters in the year 2017. The Pastoralist has the lowest development indicators and the highest incidence of poverty despite their high potential for meat production and dryland products and with great natural resources endowments.

    Pastoralists are estimated to occupy 89% of the countries land mass and about 36% of the national population, 70% of the national livestock herd and 90% of the wildlife that supports the country’s tourism industry.

    The region misfortune is partly as the result of conscious public policy choices taken in the past. However, the National Policy for the Sustainable Development of Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands set out a radical vision aimed at unlocking the full potential of pastoralism to enable the realization of Kenya’s Vision 2030.

    This policy would help facilitate and fast track sustainable development in Northern Kenya and other arid pastoralists areas to address the existing developmental gaps in line with the region’s realities.

    Overall strategic objectives

    • To eliminate inter-communal conflict in the pastoralist areas.
    • To realize constitutional, statutory, institutional and policy gains for pastoralists.
    • To advance the interests of pastoralist women through the policy & legislative process.
    • To contribute towards a more positive recognition of pastoralism in Kenya and beyond.
    • To build a unified and sustainable PPG with the capacity to deliver on its mandate.

    To be a critical parliamentary force that ensures security, unity, and prosperity for the pastoralists in Kenya.

    Pastoralism: Our Pride and Life!!

    To provide political leadership in the development and implementation of policy legislation to achieve pastoralism’s full potential

    • Collaboration and joint working
    • Integrity
    • Honesty
    • Peace
    • Unity in diversity

    Organization structure

    PPG Strategic and operational partners

    PPG has developed strategic and operational partnerships including with the EU through the NDMA, Kenya Markets Trust, the Swiss Embassy through FCDC, DLCI, KAS etc. Other PPG partners include national government institutions and departments involved in ASAL areas and 15 County Government administrations.

    During the term of 12th Parliament, the hosting of the PPG Secretariat will be reviewed. The PPG Secretariat has relied on support from the NDMA, FCDC and DLCI which currently provides operational, technical and logistics support.

    Currently DLCI’s CEO is the Coordinator of the PPG Secretariat with 10 days funding from the Swiss Embassy through FCDC. Both the NDMA and FCDC have a deducted annual budget lines to support the PPG activities. The Coordinator represents the PPG on the steering committee of the FCDC Livestock Strengthening Sector, which provides one of most important platforms and channels for domestication of national policies and legislation to the Counties.

    1. Executive Committee provides guidance and direction to the implementation of PPG activities, accountability, and institutional growth.
    2. Membership Policy Consultation: every six months to commence new policy consultations and review the progress of the PPG.
    3. Sub-committees championing one of 11 priority themes meet at least once a quarter to plan for interventions, monitor and report on progress.
    4. Pastoralist Leadership Summit: the National annual event that brings together the pastoralists national and county leadership in Kenya to speak with one voice, set agendas and work plans for the realization of pastoralists’ aspirations in Kenya
    1. Patron: For 12th Parliament is Majority Leader. Hon. Aden Duale, EBS, MP.

    2. PPG Executive Committee;
      - Chairman and Deputy
      - Secretary General and Deputy
      - Treasurer and Deputy
      - Organizing Secretary and Deputy

    3. PLS Executive Committee (selected from the PPG officials and County leadership)


    Key policies and legislation: PPG workplan for year 2018-2022

    The following are issues for immediate action:

    1. Reviving Hon. Abdinoor’s Livestock Bill and fast track operationalization of the Livestock Marketing Board, including getting skilled members of the Livestock Marketing Board (LMB) and expedite their approval.
    2. Sponsor an amendment of the Education Act to strengthen NACONEK
    3. Review the Equalization Fund Regulations
    4. First track the Senate Drought Response Fund Bill
    5. Build strong independent formal PPG institution.

    Before the end of the current term of the 12th Parliament, the PPG plans to focus its collective institutional responsive to achieve results around the following policy and legislative areas:

    1. Peace and security: Ending inter-community pastoralist conflict
    2. Education including for nomadic children
    3. Pastoralist women and youth empowerment
    4. Pastoralism and livestock productivity
    5. Equalization and affirmative action funds
    6. Devolution and decentralized governance
    7. Community land
    8. National drought management and emergency response
    9. Basic public service, public appointments, placements, and physical infrastructure
    10. Pastoralist leadership summit conferences
    11. Organizational development and sustainability of the PPG secretariat.