REPORT OF A PASTORALIST AND HUNTER GATHERERS PREPARATORY WORKSHOP ON POLICIES AFFECTING THEIR WELL.pdf
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In September 2001, PINGOs Forum submitted a proposal to Oxfam Tanzania and ILO to support the Pastoralists and Hunter-gatherers workshop on different policies and issues that are seen to have been affecting them. Since then, discussions have been taking place to further investigate various alternatives to make the plan successful. During the dialogue between PINGOs delegation, ILO and Oxfam it was recognised that the process should involve two stages. The first stage would be a preparatory session in a form of workshop as a strategic approach for building up clarity and consensus among the key actors, on what the key issues are and agree on who should be invited. The second stage would then be the main workshop bringing together the main stakeholders from Government Ministries, Pastoralist and Hunter-Gatherer CBOs and Fora, development partners and donors. It is expected that pastoralists, Hunter-Gatherers to use the opportunity offered by this process as a first step to open a discussion for redressing policy issues that directly or indirectly hinder the development and livelihoods of these indigenous communities. Both OXFAM GB (Tanzania) and the ILO agreed to fund PINGOs to go ahead with this process. The preparatory workshop was planned to involve a small group of Pastoralists and Hunter-Gatherers activists. They will work on developing a shared understanding on the key issues and concerns as regards to such existing policies. Participants were also expected to determine strategies for the next workshop. From the 21s` to 22ndof November 2001 the preparatory workshop was conducted at the Golden Rose Hotel in Arusha. The workshop was attended by a total of 29 participants coming from Pastoralists, Hunters-Gatherers, CBOs and Fora. The workshop also had a strong representation from OXFAM, which had co-funded this workshop. The workshop was chaired by Mr Israel Karyongi who is the Chairperson of the Tanzania Pastoralist and Hunter-Gatherer Organisation (TPHGO). The workshop had two main facilitators namely; Saruni Ndelelya who is the Chairperson of PINGOs Forum, and Loserian Sangale who is the interim secretary of TPHGO. Resource persons for the various sessions were mainly drawn from the various CBOs of Pastoralists and HunterGatherers of Tanzania.