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Dialogue: Strengthening Partnerships and Local Leadership in African Conservation

February 16, 2017

Effective and committed local organizations are key change agents in achieving a lasting impact in African conservation. Such organizations are driving promising and scalable conservation models, new collaborations, and policy reform efforts across Africa, often working closely with international conservation groups, funders, and government agencies. Finding ways to effectively support and invest in the growth and viability of African conservation organizations, and their individual leaders, is consequently a key long-term strategic issue for the African conservation field.

This half-day dialogue provided a discussion of current practices, challenges, and opportunities related to building robust local to global partnerships that can foster the kind of organizational leadership and capacity that African conservation efforts need in order to scale up results and address current threats. Speakers brought a variety of perspectives including international conservation groups, African civil society leaders, and groups working on leadership and organizational effectiveness. The dialogue developed ideas and recommendations for building strong global to local partnerships that can strengthen African conservation leadership and capacity.  

Click here to read the summary highlights of the dialogue