Experience has shown us that support for organizational development is often best integrated with technical improvements in service delivery. This integration results in more effective organizational growth for our partners and more transformative external outcomes for community livelihoods and conservation. This is because we understand both what our partners are trying to achieve on the ground, as well as their organizational needs and challenges. Therefore, a unique aspect of our work is that we integrate organizational development with technical expertise in natural resource management and conservation.
To best serve our partners, we strive to be a leading source of technical expertise and knowledge on community-based and rights-based approaches to natural resource management and conservation in Africa. Therefore, we believe it is essential to continue deepening and enhancing our own technical expertise; strengthening our position as thought and action leaders on community-based natural resource management in East Africa; building networks of collaborators; and influencing the policy arena at various levels.
To do this we occasionally take on technical and analytic research activities where we see there is an opportunity to generate knowledge and influence the policy and planning of other actors. However, we only take on such assignments when there is a clear link to our priorities in building our local partners’ capacity and work that will generate knowledge, information, and opportunities to influence policy on key natural resource issues in African countries.