Maliasili Initiatives’ Executive Director, Fred Nelson, has been selected as a Mulago Foundation 2016 Rainer Arnhold Fellow, for the first iteration of their Arnhold Conservation Fellows program. This fellowship will take place in California in early October 2016. These fellows- comprising a diverse group of eight conservationists from around the world- join an impressive group of professional “faculty” for a week-long course focused on developing and implementing scalable impact models. The program will draw on Mulago’s established grantmaking and fellowship programs, which have targeted poverty and economic development with a rigorous focus on issues of impact and scale.
In describing the rationale for Maliasili’s inclusion in this first cohort of conservation fellows, Mulago also highlights the opportunity for leveraging and adapting their experiences and knowledge through our own African portfolio of exceptional local organizations:
What Maliasili does with local organizations in Africa is much like what Mulago does with high-impact organizations throughout the world. We are eager to see how the methods that have worked well in our efforts with social entrepreneurs will translate into a next iteration of Maliasili’s work with grassroots organizations in Africa. His model is cheap and replicable and we want to help him scale throughout the region.
Fred is looking forward to spending a week with the other conservation fellows and Mulago’s team of experts, to work on refining Maliasili’s strategy and impact model as well as exploring future collaborations and synergies.