Conservation is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and to successfully address the complex and ever-changing challenges that arise, it is crucial to have innovative and interdisciplinary leaders at all levels. At Conserve, we put committed and talented leadership at the centre of our model and seek leaders who draw on diverse experiences and can bring together a range of stakeholders. We also look for inspiration from different models outside of conservation and help to facilitate collaboration between traditional and non-traditional partners.
We know that contributing to a cohort of African leaders in conservation will enrich not only Conserve but will have ripple impacts within communities and the entire sector. From our position, we can invest in the cohort of leaders working within Conserve’s portfolio – and across our extended networks – as well as those growing up in communities that have benefitted from the opportunities provided by healthier and thriving landscapes.
African skills and leadership are enhanced within the conservation sector
We want to contribute to the next generation of conservation leadership that is diverse, inclusive, and well-equipped to address complex and dynamic challenges. We envision a dynamic group of leaders drawn from across the continent.
Skill and leadership development
Conserve is developing a senior leadership programme to support emerging leaders who are assuming leadership roles within Conserve’s growing portfolio of projects. This includes:
- Targeted mentoring and coaching
- Training courses developed by an array of partners with various specialisms, all of whom share a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Cultivation of peer networks and exchange opportunities
- Mapping career paths within Conserve and promoting from within
- Conducting needs assessments to identify skills required in each project site and offering targeted training programs for staff members
And because we believe that skills and talents are nurtured throughout life and that everyone benefits from stronger educational fundamentals, we also commit to:
Providing bursaries for children of staff members and other school-age children from our partner communities
Supporting environmental education curricula and wildlife clubs in community schools to help support a new generation of passionate conservationists
Providing internship opportunities for African students and recent graduates
Developing skills: A perspective by Shakira Nsimbi
In 2022, we worked to outline plans for the above initiatives and have developed connections with a range of partners and peers who bring deep and complementary skills in various aspects of leadership development.
We are also deeply grateful to the incredible conservation professionals who have joined our Technical Advisory Board members and who serve as prominent role models for emerging conservationists across the continent.