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

They are local organizations that have the knowledge and skills, commitment, connections, political legitimacy, and potential for growth to bring about positive changes across African landscapes.

How we select our partners

Conserving African ecosystems is our ultimate goal. We look for organizations with excellent ideas, that think big, focus on results, and that are connected to their cause.

We’re selective about who we work with, maintaining a portfolio that’s strong on results and well-rounded with different models and visions. What we look for:

  1. They are making community-based conservation work by:
    • Strengthening local rights to land and resources 
    • Ensuring environmental stewardship pays
    • Making decision-making and governance institutions effective and fair
  2. They have a clear purpose and offer
  3. They’ve done great things and they can prove it
  4. Their model is replicable elsewhere
  5. They are committed, passionate, and good collaborators

We have a network of some of the best organizations and individuals working in conservation in Africa, and we depend on their references to source our portfolio.

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


At Maliasili, a key part of our work centers on finding outstanding African conservation organizations. Together, our portfolio of partner organizations are achieving impact at the scale the region needs in order to see conservation succeed. This publication provides an overview of our portfolio, describing what our partners do and the impact that they are achieving. 

Download our Portfolio Summary



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Pastoral Women’s Council

The Pastoral Women’s Council helps Tanzania’s most marginal-ized women gain income, an education, and rights to their land. In turn, more land is under community control, families are better off, and an emerging generation of activists is defending community rights. 


Mwambao Coastal Community Network

Mwambao helps coastal communities to address damaging fishing practices by assisting them to effectively manage their marine resources and connecting communities together so they can learn from each other.



Tanzania Land Alliance

Representing Tanzania's leading land rights organizations, TALA seeks to enhance equitable access to, control and ownership of land through coordination, joint advocacy and sharing of knowledge and information.


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Honeyguide is determined to make community conservation deliver in Tanzania. They bring sophisticated technical and management skills directly to local communities at key sites in northern Tanzania, designing and testing out a conservation model they hope can be replicated countrywide.  


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Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative

MCDI excels at establishing village forest reserves and helping communities to sustainably harvest and sell high value timber. They’ve successfully replicated their model across 3 districts and have the potential to scale across many more.


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Ujamaa Community Resource Team

UCRT is one of Africa’s leading grassroots organizations working to secure community land rights. They are expanding a model to help vulnerable communities own, manage, and benefit from their land, and they’ve successfully used and replicated this approach across northern Tanzania. 




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Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association

KWCA is the key national organization supporting Kenya’s grow-ing conservancy movement, which provides the best hope for recovering wildlife populations on private and communal lands across the country. KWCA is a relatively young organization, but has more than 100 members and is growing into an influential national body. 



South Rift Association of Land Owners (SORALO)

SORALO works to support and coordinate pastoralist landown-ers across Kenya’s South Rift ecosystem, in order to ensure that livestock and wildlife can continue to co-exist in these communal landscapes.  



Amboseli Ecosystem Trust (AET)

As a trust formed by and composed of community institutions, government representatives, and partner NGOs AET is a coordinating body uniquely positioned to secure the sustainable management of the Amboseli landscape.


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Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association

The Maasai Mara is Kenya’s most important wildlife and tourism area and one of Africa’s iconic landscapes. MMWCA coordinates key stakeholders across the landscape and is the voice of its conservancy members.  



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Lion Guardians

Lion Guardians has developed an effective model for lion conservation – turning lion killers into lion protectors. With a proven model in two countries, their work has great potential to scale up across lions’ wider range and could be adapted to other threatened species.  





BioCarbon Partners

A for-profit social enterprise, BCP develops and sells forest carbon offsets generated by supporting communities to manage and protect key Zambian landscapes. 



Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation

IRDNC has helped to design and shape community conservation in Namibia for decades, and it is one of the leading conservation organizations in all of Africa.  




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Namibian Association of CBNRM Support Organizations (NACSO)

Namibia is Africa’s leading example of how community-driven conservation can benefit both people and nature. And NACSO is the national coordinating body for the civil society organizations that are making community conservation work on the ground.