ILEPA is thoroughly engaged in making Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) work for indigenous people. As such, it is a local partner to EU supported Indigenous Navigator project, a framework and set of tools for and by indigenous peoples to systematically monitor the level of recognition and implementation of their rights. Indeed, documenting the human rights and development situation of indigenous peoples is a critical step towards discussing it with duty-bearers and other external stakeholders.
The rights armed in the UNDRIP and a number of SDGs that are relevant to indigenous peoples are used as a basis for measurement and indicators. Each question monitors a specific domain of interest to indigenous people: education, health, employment/occupation, self-determination(?), cultural integrity, land and territories, and participation.
The overall objective of our livelihood support programs is to contribute to the creation of sustainable livelihoods and diminish the possible stresses created by climate change in the project area. In light of the particularly adverse effects that droughts may have on pastoralist communities, ILEPA initiated a hay planting program to minimize the effects of climate change on pastoral livelihoods. By planting, harvesting and drying grass to turn it into hay, communities can store it to feed cattle in times of droughts.
Provision of improved goats is a project that targets the most vulnerable women-led Indigenous households. These households were also some of the most economically affected during the COVID 19 pandemic in our project areas.
Goats present a more viable and sustainable option in the context of Climate change (especially increasing aridity), more fragmented landscape, and diminishing open grazing land for larger herbivores, as they are the hardiest of all livestock traditionally kept by pastoralists in Narok South. Goat stocking also enhances the food security situation among the Indigenous women-led households as the goats will supply milk to improve the nutrition status of children in recipient households.