2016 was a year of growth for Maliasili Initiatives. We took on new partners, built new relationships, and pursued new initiatives, all of which allowed us to do more to meet the needs and challenges of our portfolio of African partners. Together, we achieved a lot:
- 5 new partners in Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia
- 4 Strategic plans facilitated to guide partners’ work and priorities
- 3 Communications strategies to help partners reach key audiences and refine their messages
- 2 Performance management systems to evaluate staff
- 2 Board strengthening training and restructuring processes
- 1 New Leadership Program to enable the leaders of African organizations to learn from each other, improve their individual leadership skills, and forge a nascent network of leading regional organizations.
“We are much more focused on targets than we used to be. Our new strategy has helped me think and do things differently, now I do things in 3 or 4 months that before would have taken over a year.
-Maxi Louis, Executive Director of Namibian Association of CBNRM Organizations
- Global recognition: Goldman Environment Prize for Africa (Ujamaa Community Resource Team); Whitley Award for Nature (Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative); National Geographic Buffett Award (Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative).
- Land, Forests, Coasts Conserved:
- 112,000 hectares of forest in southern Tanzania brought under community protection;
- 400 hectares of marine habitat set aside for sustainable fisheries management by local communities;
- 160,000 hectares of communal rangelands were brought under community control and ownership in northern Tanzania.
- In Zambia, “there has been a noticeable difference in wildlife numbers since the REDD+ program started,” with more lion sightings being one of the main indicators noted in a recent field report.
- Buffalo and hippos were spotted for the first time in more than a decade in the Yaeda Valley, where the Hadzabe hunter-gatherers now own and manage their land, and benefit from it through a carbon offset project.
- In Kenya, a new study concluded that the formation of community conservancies positively impacts the survival of lions when community conservancy members benefit from protecting wildlife.
- Incentives: At least $6 million were generated for local communities through community-based conservation work.
“When we first explored the idea of working with Maliasili I thought, ‘What do they know that we don’t about our organization?’ But it’s been incredibly eye-opening and helpful. Now I’m starting to look at the strengths and capacity of our other partner organizations, seeing how we can push them too and make them stronger so we can really move conservation to the next level.”
-John Kamanga, Executive Director, SORALO (South Rift Association of Land Owners)