Pastoral women participation in community conservancies in Maasai Mara, Kenya

Authored by: Judy Kepher Gona , Lucy Atieno

Routledge Handbook of Tourism in Africa

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138496088
eBook ISBN: 9781351022545
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Community conservancies set up in Kenya’s pastoral landscape, are dependent on tourism income and are guided by the main goals of conservation and community empowerment through the improvement of local livelihoods. However, the impact of their progress on both aspects is not at par with targets for developmental milestones as defined by various global development goals. In this chapter, we evaluate the participation of pastoral women in Community Conservancies in Maasai Mara, Kenya. We argue that to attain impactful levels of livelihood improvement programmes, community conservancies should first do away with their simplistic view of a community and acknowledge that gendered dimensions of the pastoral frame can disenfranchise local women empowerment. Second, community conservancies should focus on strategies for reducing inequalities within diverse positions held by community members.

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