Portfolio Selection: 


1. Source

Find the kinds of organizations that we want to invest in. Maliasili’s deep experience and technical understanding of the African conservation field, combined with diverse local and global networks and strong relationships, provide a strong foundation for sourcing our portfolio.


2. Screen

Carry out an initial screen of organizations that want our support, including reviewing an Expression of Interest, holding initial discussions, and tapping into our networks for references and due diligence.


3. Select

Apply a set of criteria that define the kinds of attributes we are looking for in organizations we choose to support and invest in. We also consider wider strategic factors in terms of the overall composition of our portfolio in addition to assessing the potential of any single organization.


We work with the best African conservation organizations that care about both people and places.

Our partners are developing the solutions that African societies and communities need to make conservation work in the face of rapid change and multiplying pressures. They are providing leadership, building diverse partnerships, and integrating conservation with human rights and economic opportunity. 

How we select our partners

Conserving African ecosystems is our ultimate goal. We look for leading African organizations that are doing something special and important in the African conservation and natural resources field, with the potential to grow and achieve more, and to inform and inspire others. Our specific selection criteria are as follows: 



Organizations must be passionate and committed to their mission, to achieving impact, and to improving their organizational performance so that they can become better at what they do.



Organizations must have capable and motivated leadership with a compelling vision, and the desire to work with others to achieve that vision.


Conservation Model

We look for effective conservation models that primarily work to address: 1. Strengthening local rights over land and natural resources. 2. Building stronger local management and decision-making institutions. 3. Delivering economic incentives for communities to invest in conservation.


Geographic Focus

We look for organizations that are working in landscapes, ecosystems or countries where conservation outcomes are particularly important.


Track Record

We look for tangible results and outcomes based on a track record of delivery, or a clear and compelling vision of future impact for early-stage organizations.


Growth Potential

We look for organizations that have the potential to grow and deliver impact on a significant scale, even if that is within a single landscape or country.


Expression of Interest

If you are interested in working with Maliasili you may fill out and submit this expression of interest. We review these twice-yearly. Download expression of interest.

Our Portfolio

We’re building a portfolio comprising the best African conservation organizations



Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA)

KENYA | Leading Kenya’s Conservancies Movement


Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association (MMWCA)

KENYA | Protecting the Maasai Mara


South Rift Association of Land owners (SORALO)

KENYA | Using Culture, Science, and Traditions to Protect a Landscape



TANZANIA | Proving Community Conservation Can Work in Tanzania


Ujamaa Community Resource Team (UCRT)

TANZANIA | Securing Land and Resource Rights for Indigenous and Local Communities


Pastoral Women’s Council (PWC)

TANZANIA | Empowering Women to Improve their Livelihoods, Their Communities, and Their Environment


Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative (MCDI)

TANZANIA | Pioneering Sustainable Forest Management


Mwambao Coastal Community Network

TANZANIA | Leading Local Innovation in Marine Conservation


BioCarbon Partners (BCP)

ZAMBIA | Making Forests Valuable to People in Zambia


Namibian Association of CBNRM Support Organizations (NACSO)

NAMIBIA | Leading Systemic Change through Collaboration


Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC)

NAMIBIA | Pioneering African Community Conservation


New Partners

Maliasili is always searching for new organizations that meet our criteria to add to our portfolio. During the past year (2017-2018) we have started working with the following organizations, helping them all to refine and focus their strategic plans as a first step in our work with them. 


Amboseli Ecosystem Trust (AET)

Amboseli Ecosystem Trust (AET) is a local organization working in Kenya’s Amboseli system- one of East Africa’s most important wildlife areas, home to about 1,700 elephants and many other species. AET works as a convening platform and collaborative body to bring together other organizations working in this ecosystem, and to support community-level conservancies and related local initiatives. They also provide a link from the community level to national policy processes and have helped stop a number of proposed infrastructure developments that would have had significant effects on the landscape. 


Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, based in Kenya is one of Africa’s premier conservation areas, located near Mount Kenya, on the Laikipia plateau. Lewa has helped pioneer private lands conservation, including the recovery of critically endangered species such as black rhino and Grevy’s zebra, as well as serving as a hub for wider community conservation initiatives and collaborations in northern Kenya. Lewa has best-in-class management and wildlife protection capabilities, and is working to put greater emphasis now on sharing its expertise and techniques with other conservation actors in Kenya and globally. 


Grevy’s Zebra Trust

Grevy’s Zebra Trust, also based in northern Kenya, is dedicated to the conservation of Grevy’s zebra in the community lands of northern Kenya. This species is one of East Africa’s most endangered and range-restricted species, found only in northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia, with a total global population of about 2,500 animals. 


Tanzania Land Alliance (TALA)

Tanzania Land Alliance (TALA) is a national civil society alliance that exists to enable collective action on land rights and land policy issues in Tanzania. It is the only national alliance dedicated solely to land issues.