Pastoralist Welfare Organization (PWO) is a non-partisan, non-for-profit, non-political, non-religious and non-governmental organization established in October 2003 by pastoralist elders and intellectuals in Dollo Ado woreda of Somali Region. The PWO is registered with Charities and Societies Agency (CSA) with registration # 0327.
The purpose of PWO is to improve the livelihoods of marginalized and disadvantaged pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in Somali Regional State. Even though there are few NGOs that are operating in the pastoral areas, there are knowledge gaps on local cultures, values and norms, thus there was a need to establish local NGO that fills the gap. Based on this, PWO came into existence.