Pastoralism and conflict prevention
From 6-8 December in Cotonou, Benin, CILSS organised a conference on “Operational approaches to conflict sensitivity and prevention in pastoral areas,” which was chaired by the Beninese minister of agriculture, livestock and fisheries. The purpose of the event was to present the achievements of the Pastoralism and stability in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa (PASSHA) project. This project was designed in 2016 to address the “conflict prevention” dimension in the two regions, where existing programmes to support pastoralism - PRAPS in West Africa, and the RPLRP in the Horn of Africa - ignored the risks of conflict associated with pastoral mobility. PASSHA complements these programmes by implementing tools that take into account the “Conflict Sensitivity and Prevention” (CSP) methodology. Using a risk analysis that integrates social, environmental and economic factors, this operational approach makes it possible to develop partnerships and solutions to facilitate the cross-border mobility of pastoralists and their reception in the countries they cross.