Maliasili Initiatives began operations in 2011, working with a select group of partners that the organization’s founder, Fred Nelson, had a long history of working with in East Africa. These partners were already established leaders and innovators in the natural resource management field, and engagement with them was intended to add value to their efforts by building their capacity, amplifying their strengths and mending their organizational weaknesses.
This is one of the core roles in the sustainable development and natural resource field that we saw Maliasili Initiatives’ could fill: to use our skills and networks to build the capacity of talented, high-impact African organizations to make them more effective and able to take their work to scale. After testing out this approach over a couple of years we found that our initial theory of adding value, capacity and support to organizations was highly welcomed and valued by our partners.
Maliasili Initiatives’ mission, values, strategy and business plan have all stemmed from hands-on experience working in the natural resource, development and conservation fields in Africa. Today, Maliasili Initiatives’ main goal remains the same as when we first started – to support the growth, development and performance of leading civil society organizations working to advance sustainable natural resource management practices in Africa. However, since our founding, we’ve worked to strengthen and refine our value propositions by learning from our partners about their needs and conducting market research to better understand the gaps that exist in our field today.
Our value propositions:
- Providing long-term and holistic organizational development support to our partners through integrating our organizational development service offerings with our established technical expertise in the natural resource field.
- Contributing to the advancement of policy analysis, program design and innovation in African natural resource management through select technical assignments, initiatives and research.