Association for Law and Advocacy for Pastoralists

Our Team

Linked inStaff members of ALAPA are: Executive Director: Dr. Elifuraha Isaya Laltaika.  Elifuraha has over ten years experience working on rights of traditional cattle herders and hunter-gatherers.  A Fulbright alumnus and Former Harvard Law School visiting Researcher, he holds a Doctorate in Law from the University of Arizona.  Following nominations from African organisations, the President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations appointed Elifuraha in 2016, to serve as an expert member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues. Elifuraha has written book chapters and law review/journal articles focusing primarily on international environmental and human rights laws and standards in relation to the plight of indigenous communities in Africa. A member of the Bar Association of Tanzania mainland, Elifuraha has co-facilitated sensitisation seminars for  Tanzania high court judges, staff of the national human rights institution, members of parliament and local government authorities on international law and indigenous peoples rights, and has guest-lectured on the subject in the US, Denmark, Italy and in the Philippines. Email:

Acting Director and Programme Officer, Environment and Climate Change: Saitoti Laurent Parmello

Saitoti 1Saitoti  represents pastoralists and hunter-gatherers in the legal, governance and safeguards unit of the REDD+ technical working group. This is a stakeholders’ platform working closely with the ministry of natural resources and tourism of the government of Tanzania by providing technical opinions on REDD+ and Climate Change issues. He is also a participating scholar in the sustainable timber harvesting research coordination network, an international network for the promotion of scientific and community based control of illegal logging. Saitoti holds Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from Tumaini University Makumira and has represented ALAPA in numerous national and international meetings. Most recently, Saitoti attended an intensive Fellowship offered by the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) in Oregon, USA. The Fellowship involved one-on-one work with ELAW staff; attending ELAW Annual Meeting and Public Interest Environmental Law Conference; Collaborating with organizations in the US Pacific Northwest; Meeting with government agencies, and attending court and public hearings as well as attending Environmental law and other classes at the University of Oregon. Saitoti is keenly interested in human-wildlife conflicts and effective  implementation of forest laws in Tanzania. Email:

Steve Martin Saning’o

Information and Communication


Steve Martin Saning’o is ALAPA’s information and communication officer. After growing up in northern Tanzania’s Maasailand, he graduated from Arusha Journalism Training College and from Kilimanjaro Film Institute. He worked extensively with community radio in the Maasai village Terrat, where he had rare access to often camera-shy villagers. He also broke new ground with the use of mobile cinema, showing his informational documentaries in villages and even in individual bomas (Maasai homes).

Steve has worked as a research journalist at Made in Africa TV, Dar es Salaam, and at the Kilimanjaro Film Institute. He has served as an information consultant to several non-governmental organizations and several media project including Pulitzer center on crisis reporting. Steve sees documentaries as tools that can help inform people who have had little access to media.

Jonas Majuka 

Head of Finance Department


Jonas is a graduate of the Institute of Accountancy Arusha with a Diploma in Accountacy and currently studying a bachelor degree in Accountancy at the same institute.A former research assistant from farm Africa in Siha District ,  he underwent a number of training on finance management, including a course on MDGs. He has served at the accounts department at the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center. He is working with ALAPA as head of finance department. He played key role in ALAPA’s projects including one funded by UNESCO called Knowing Our Climate in Africa, which ALAPA implemented recently.


Bahati Singo

Head of Gender and Women


Nasila is a head of Women and Gender department at ALAPA.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Marketing from Saint Augustin University of Tanzania. She has attended training on women empowerment on Agriculture in Tanzania. She has attended numerous conferences on women and children rights on behalf of ALAPA. Her keen interest is on gender roles among pastoralists and hunter-gatherers in the context of drought copping mechanism.