Strengthening African civil society organisations for improved natural resource governance and conservation

This report, co-authored by Well Grounded and Maliasili Initiatives, explores the major organisational challenges and issues facing African civil society organisations (CSOs) working in the natural resource and conservation fields, as well as current practices and trends in funding and external capacity support.

It outlines how African organisations working to improve natural resource management have made great gains, but face serious challenges that limit their efforts to grow and sustain their impact. These challenges are mainly related to issues of leadership, human resources, funding, strategy and accountability.

Relationships between African CSOs and external actors, such as donors and international NGOs, can provide a critical source of long-term support to local organisations, but if poorly designed can also exacerbate common problems. But, as the report shows, simple changes to these relationships could address these challenges and improve the performance and sustainability of African organisations.

The report recommends five ways international donors and NGOs can change the way they support African CSOs to ensure they can continue to catalyse positive changes in natural resource governance, management, and conservation. An overarching message is a need for greater reflection, dialogue, and analysis within the natural resource governance field around organisational capacity issues at the local and national scale.

The full report can be downloaded by clicking on the icon to the right.

A short video outlining the key findings and recommendations of the research report can be viewed here: