aen francaisen espanol

IFRTD logo


6th International Colloquium on Working Equids

There is a call for short papers for the '6th International Colloquium on Working Equids' and IFRTD is delighted to see Livelihoods, rural transport and the global context as one of 8 Colloquium themes. Read on for more details and to find out how you can participate.

Dates:  29th November to 3rd December, 2010
Venue: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India

The 2010 International Colloquium on Working Equids will be a unique gathering where keynote speakers from the fields of international development, social science, human health and education will interact with animal scientists, veterinarians, project managers and field workers from the world of working horses, donkeys and mules. The interdisciplinary approach is set to deliver a ground-breaking and thought-provoking conference that will use the theme of ‘Learning from Others’ to explore new
approaches to benefit working animals and their owners in the developing world.

There are 100 million working horses, donkeys and mules in the world. Ninety-five per cent of all donkeys and 60 per cent of horses are found in developing nations. The majority are owned by individuals who use them as their sole means of income. Working animals are integral to rural transport systems and food production, distribution and security.

Target Audience
This Colloquium will appeal to an international audience of veterinary and animal scientists, agricultural researchers and practitioners, development workers, policy makers, educators and trainers, project managers, technical advisers and equine welfare NGOs.

The Colloquium Venue
The Colloquium will be hosted by the Brooke and held at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India.

Conference Topics and Call for Short Papers
Short papers for both oral and poster presentation are welcome. You can submit your short paper (body of short paper to be 1500 words not including references, title, authors) through the website  The programme themes are listed below. Under each theme possible topics are suggested; however any papers submitted under the general theme area will be welcomed.

Virtual Market
The virtual market is an opportunity for delegates to share ideas, innovations, practical examples of their work, tools and equipment in an interactive environment. A hall will be set up with display tables and spaces for these items, such as photos, demonstration models, harnesses, PRA/ community engagement tools and methods . Please see the website for further information.

Colloquium Themes and Suggested Topics
1. Facilitating human behaviour change
- Changing the behaviour of owners, users and carers towards their working animals
- Understanding people’s knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP)
- Participatory learning and action (PLA) and other participatory approaches
- Community engagement, conflict resolution and institution building with regards to animal welfare
- Advocacy for working animals: improving legislation and policy

2. Effective project planning, monitoring and evaluation
- Methods of working equine welfare assessment
- Measuring impact on animal welfare and human livelihoods: what to measure and how to measure it?
- Participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation
- Problems, pitfalls and learning from practical examples of equine welfare project management

3. Livelihoods, rural transport and the global context
- The value and productivity of working animals: contribution to human livelihoods and the household economy
- Contribution of working animals to rural transport systems
- Gender perspectives in working equine welfare: how do working animals help women?
- The influence of the global economy on working equine use and welfare
- The effects of climate change on working animals

4. Balancing the needs of humans and animals - the ethics of working animal use
- Should animals work, and how much work is too much?
- Animal use ethics in context: comparisons between developed and developing countries
- Do external organizations have a right to intervene in the lives of animal owners and users? What are the positive
and negative consequences?
- Making a living from treating working animals: over-use of veterinary drugs and interventions?

5. Education to engage the next generation
- Informal education systems – working children and children who don’t go to school
- Learning through play – novel games and activities to engage children with working animal issues
-  Working equine welfare in the school curriculum
-  Working with universities and other learning institutes: who, why and how?
-  Measuring the impact of equine welfare education projects

6. Decision-making in health and disease
-  Equine vaccination programmes and preventive medicine
-  Clinical case series relevant to working horses, mules and donkeys
-  Zoonotic and infectious diseases: dealing with disease outbreaks
-  Disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness for working animals
-  Parasite control

7. Animal health and husbandry systems
-  The role of paraveterinary services in the care of working equids
-  Experiences with community animal health workers - systems, challenges and successes
-  Collaborating with local and national government on health services for working equids
-  Harnessing, hitching and loading working animals
-  Farriery, saddlery and nutrition
-  Training delivery in NGO programmes

8. Lessons from working oxen, buffalo and camels
-  Similarities and differences in work and welfare between working animal species
-  Which species for which types of work?
-  New ideas from other species – work and welfare issues, future role
-  Harnessing equids to other species
-  Experiences with working yaks, dzo and llamas welcome in this session too

General requests:
Phone: +91-11-24679192, 26872257-58-59
Fax: +91-11-26885886 / 26889764
Postal Address:
Plan it ! by Creative Travel
Creative Plaza,
Nanakpura, Moti Bagh,
New Delhi 110021.

Visit the official Colloquium website for further information

Important dates
Short Paper Submission:
Now extended until 30th April 2010

20th March – 15th August 2010 Early registration
16th August – 31st Oct 2010 Regular registration

All amounts are in Indian Rupees (INR). Full colloquium registration fees (four days) do not
include the 5th day optional field visit*.

Registration fee:
Registration fee for delegates from Developing Countries (see website for details):
Early registration fee INR 5,000
Regular registration fee INR 10,000

Registration fee for delegates from Developed Countries:
Early registration fee INR 15,000
Regular registration fee INR 20,000

The Colloquium Organising Committee is offering five fully-sponsored places for delegates from developing countries. As there is a limited budget for this purpose, the Organising Committee will select the list of eligible and funded candidates after having received the application forms. For more information please visit the website.

Delegates may book their accommodation through the conference event organisers, Plan-it! For detailed information please see the Colloquium website.
*There is an optional field visit on 3rd December 2010 to visit Brooke’s community engagement work in India. Places for this visit are limited. For more details please see the colloquium website.

The Brooke
The 2010 Colloquium will be hosted by the Brooke. The Brooke is an equine welfare charity dedicated to alleviating the suffering of working horses, donkeys and mules.
Founded in 1934 the Brooke operates in 10 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Our President is HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and we have 800 staff working directly in the field.

Download the Event Flyer with all the above information:
Acrobat pdf 178kb