Our Work

Solutions to Africa’s conservation challenges exist – but we need to make them even more effective and sustainable and we need to help them grow. We believe effective and long-lasting conservation models focus on three key pillars:

  • Rights: strengthening local rights over land and resources

  • Value: Creating economic incentives for stewardship

  • Governance: Strengthening decision-making bodies and governance institutions

We provide organizational support through a customized, multi-year process that responds to the unique needs of an individual organization, while also following a consistent and systematic service delivery approach. We believe that improving strategy, building a strong team, and developing the systems required to take ideas to action are the foundations for accelerating conservation impact. 


What we do: 


Portfolio Selection

We find high-performing African conservation and natural resource organizations with exceptional talent, a proven track record and/or great potential. 


Strengthening Organizations

We provide those organizations with customized organizational support, helping them build strong teams, develop focused strategies, communicate and market their work, and implement effective management systems.


Building a Network

We manage our portfolio as a growing network, giving them opportunities to learn from each other, collaborate, and interact with a network of funders and external supporters. 

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Value Proposition

Maliasili offers a unique combination of skills, experiences, and competencies.


We integrate technical expertise in natural resource-related subjects, such as community- based natural resource management, community land tenure, and natural resource policy, with deep experience with organizational development tools and processes. This combination of skills allows us to facilitate organizational processes revolving around strategy, collaboration, and management while also leveraging our subject-matter expertise. 


We understand the needs and contexts of local, grassroots organizations, and what will help those organizations improve in practical ways. Our team members have built organizations themselves in Africa and elsewhere, and we understand what it takes and the challenges encountered in processes of organizational growth and change. 


We take a long-term approach, customizing our support, and developing strong relationships with our partners built on trust and reciprocity. 


At a wider scale, Maliasili possess a unique ability to connect highly effective local conservation organizations with funders and international organizations that seek to support and invest in those kinds of local efforts. 



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