Pastoralism and Conflict: Tools for Prevention and Response in the Sudano-Sahel

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August 3, 2021

This Toolkit was produced in collaboration with the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO), as part of the project Partnership for Stability and Security in the Sudano-Sahel (P4SS), implemented from September 2019 to September 2021. The goal of this project is to inform stabilization and development efforts in communities across the Sudano-Sahel affected by cross-border farmer-herder conflict by identifying proven, data-informed methods of conflict transformation.

The purpose of this Toolkit is to provide funding agencies, diplomatic staff, and aid practitioners with strategic guidance on how to design interventions to prevent or resolve conflict associated with crossborder pastoralism. Drawing on a wealth of research and programmatic experience across the Sudano-Sahel, from Mali to Sudan, the Toolkit serves three objectives:

  1. Provide a framework for interveners to assess the sources of pastoralism-related conflict in their own context and identify opportunities for engagement;
  2. Highlight lessons learned from the Sudano-Sahel on “what works;”
  3. Promote multi-sectoral collaboration by illustrating how development, conservation, and trade all play an essential role in addressing this crisis.

This Toolkit helps users design interventions to fit the needs of their context. It is structured into eight sections, including an introduction and seven Modules. Each Module is tailored to a different sector and presents 3-5 tools and strategies that can be used to address one slice of pastoralism-related conflict. Modules include: Rural Development, Environment and Conservation, Governance and Rule of Law, Regional Integration, Gender and Women’s Empowerment, Conflict Management, Law Enforcement and Counterterrorism.

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