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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 membership of PPG in the 12th Parliament stands at 108 members from 11 political parties. There is a total of 27 women parliamentarians among the PPG members at beginning of the term including the first pastoralist woman elected to the Senate from Isiolo County. The PPG members represent 15 Counties, 66 parliamentary constituencies with a total of 2,593,165 registered voters in 2017. However, the total number of people able to be recorded by the census exercise in 15 PPG counties is 9,787,730 people as follows:

County Population
Garissa 841,353
Wajir 781,263
Lamu 143,920
Turkana 926,976
Tana River 315,943
Mandera 867,457
Marsabit 459,785
Isiolo 268,002
County Population
Samburu 310,327
West Pokot 621,241
Kilifi 1,453,787
Elgeyo Marakwet 454,480
Baringo 666,763
Narok 1,157,873
Laikipia 518,560


Pastoralists occupy 89% of Kenya’s land mass and represent 36% of the population in Kenya. Pastoralists own 70% of the livestock herd and protect 90% of the wildlife areas that supports the tourism industry in Kenya.

The pastoralist areas and the misfortune of their region is partly as the result of conscious government policy choices that was taken in the past. The National Policy for the Sustainable Development of Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands set out a new radical vision that is aimed at unlocking the full potential of pastoralism to enable Kenya to realize the National 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.

The Equalization Fund is Established by the Article 204 of the constitution to allocate one half per cent of all the revenue collected by the national government each year calculated on the basis of the most recent audited accounts of revenue received, as approved by the National Assembly to enable the national government to use it only to provide basic services including water, roads, health facilities and electricity to marginalised areas to the extent necessary to bring the quality of services in those areas to the level generally enjoyed by the rest of the Country.

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.

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 ( Swiss Development Cooperation-SDC) through the FCDC, and UK AID through DLCI etc. Other PPG partners include the National Government Institutions, Independent commissions (NCIC, NGEC etc.) and Ministry of Devolution particularly- State Departments of ASAL areas and 15 County Government administrations.

The PPG Secretariat is hosted by CSO partner- Drylands Learning and Capacity Building Initiative (DLCI). The PPG Secretariat regularly receive support from key partners; NDMA and FCDC in organizing the annual Pastoralist Leadership Summit (PLS) and which also provides relevant operational, technical and logistics support.

The CEO of DLCI is the PPG Coordinator with only 50% secure funding from the Swiss Embassy through the FCDC-Livestock Sector Support Programme. Both the NDMA and FCDC have created annual budget lines to support the PPG activities, mainly members meetings and PLS conferences.

The PPG Coordinator represents the members on the steering committee of the FCDC Livestock Strengthening Sector, NDMA programme coordinating team and ASAL Stakeholders Forum. These are some of most important platforms and channels for domestication of national policies and legislation on matters related to Pastoralist sector.

Executive Committee

Provides guidance and direction to the implementation of PPG activities, accountability, and institutional growth.

Membership Policy Consultation:

Every six months to commence new policy consultations and review the progress of the PPG.


Championing one of 11 priority themes meet at least once a quarter to plan for interventions, monitor and report on progress.

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


For 12th Parliament is Majority Leader. Hon. Aden Duale, EBS, MP.

PPG Executive Committee;

-   Chairman and Deputy

-   Secretary General and Deputy

-   Treasurer and Deputy

-   Organizing Secretary and Deputy

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:

  • 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.

  • Sponsor an amendment of the Education Act to strengthen NACONEK

  • Review the Equalization Fund Regulations

  • First track the Senate Drought Response Fund Bill

  • Build strong independent formal PPG institution.

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

  • Peace and security: Ending inter-community pastoralist conflict

  • Education including for nomadic children

  • Empowerment of the Pastoralist women and youth

  • Pastoralism and livestock productivity

  • Equalization Fund and affirmative action funds

  • Protect the Devolution and strengthening the decentralized governance system

  • Support implementation of the Community land Act 2016

  • National drought management and emergency response

  • Basic public service, public appointments, placements, and physical infrastructure

  • Pastoralist Leadership Summit (PLS) conferences

  • Organizational development and sustainability of the PPG secretariat.

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