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.
ILEPA has set up two beekeeping programs in close collaboration with NAME and Favor Land women’s group of Enlangata Enterit and Enkiu. ILEPA provided the bee hives, equipment to harvest and training on how to harvest. Only the processor to separate the honey once harvested is being shared between the two communities as it is not used often. The costs of the second processor was put into buying additional bee hives. The beekeeping initiatives also represent both mitigation and options in times of droughts.
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.
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.
ILEPA has trained local data collectors, completed data gathering on six pilot communities and developed concrete proposals proposals with three of these communities based on the priorities identified through the questionnaire. It further published a Kenya baseline factsheet (URL to doc library to download) on the status of indigenous peoples’ rights in the country to be used as a basis in monitoring future developments efforts. Moreover, the Indigenous Navigator has overall increased awareness of the existence of the UNDRIP and SDGs in indigenous communities and ILEPA continuously aims to enhance cooperation between indigenous peoples and local government-agencies to make sure communities interests and issues get incorporated into future development plans.
“The indigenous Navigator appears to be one of the greatest efforts to establish a framework and tool to translate textual gains in Indigenous peoples rights into practical recognition, respect and protection of human rights.” - Stanley Ole Kimaren Riamit, Executive Director of ILEPA.