The Pastoralist Community Initiative and Development Assistance (PACIDA) is an indigenous, non-sectarian, non-profit, Non-Governmental Organization committed to sustainable pastoralist development. PACIDA works with pastoralist communities in Kenya and Ethiopia to end poverty, hunger and disease while addressing the most pressing challenges affecting the communities.
PACIDA was founded in 2008 by local scholars and development practitioners who were concerned with the huge and widening humanitarian needs, deepening vulnerabilities and huge development gap in the region.
PACIDA pursues long-term and sustainable development in collaboration with the beneficiary communities, government, development actors and other stakeholders. Since inception, PACIDA has grown phenomenally over the years working cordially with local communities, partners, government agencies and other stakeholders to bring positive and much needed change in the lives of the local communities.
PACIDA has grown and expanded in its programmes and areas of operation, making a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in the local communities. The founder members and the management of PACIDA are people with vast experiences in development and have good development records and reputation locally, regionally and internationally.
The principal Objectives of the organization therefore are;
(i) To contribute towards improved health and quality of life and reduce poverty levels through provision of water and sanitation services on a sustainable basis (Water, sanitation and hygiene programme)
(ii) To contribute to increased access, equity and quality of education for children in ASAL regions- (Education programme)
(iii) To enhance livelihoods of target community through increased agriculture and livestock development and marketing, as well as micro-enterprise development (Sustainable Livelihoods programme)
(iv) To strengthen peaceful co-existence and cohesion of ASAL communities and enhance citizen participation in local governance (Governance and Conflict management programme)
(v) To build disaster resilience of the ASAL community through climate change adaptations and responding to emergencies (Disaster Risk Reduction programme)
(vi) To develop the institutional capacity of PACIDA to ensure organizational sustainability (Operations)
Since November 2016, Marsabit County has experienced biting drought. The suffering has led to many loss of livelihoods, decreased water levels in water sources, drying of boreholes/earth pans, severe malnutrition, depletion of pasture and browse, schools close down, possible disease outbreak and in some cases human death. Through the able support of our donors, we have alleviated suffering from the pastoralist communities within the county.