The project was linked to the ‘Ateker’ people who are the Itung’a speaking group of
Nilotes (formerly referred to as Nilo-Hamites) whose cradle is historically traced in
the Egyptian Nile valley and to a land between the two rivers of the Blue Nile and
White Nile of present-day Sudan. They currently inhabit the borderland areas (the
most conflict-prone zone-3) straddling across four countries of Kenya, Uganda,
Sudan and Ethiopia) in the Eastern and Horn of Africa region. On the whole, the
region experiences recurrent widespread cattle rustling, lawlessness, criminality,
banditry and generalized insecurity.
AFLI succeeded in promoting a common understanding of the historical roots and
identity of Ateker people in the four countries in order to reduce violence and attain
peace, security and development.
The Ateker people (armed pastoralists) with their local governments and grazing
community networks were able to establish a collaboration framework called
“tobongu lore”- “Come back home”. Long after the end of AFLI’s project, the Ateker
people and their leaders from all the four countries, have continued to meet annually
in Lodwar in Turkana – Kenya to discuss the promotion of their culture, peace and
joint efforts to facilitate, cross border development.
This collaboration has further resulted into President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda
and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, signing a Joint cross-border Development
Framework for Karamoja and Turkana in 2019 facilitated by UNDP and witnessed by
several Development Partners.