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Congo Basin

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Congo Basin Programme

Our research shows that philanthropic funding for mainland African forests is much lower than it is for forest protection in Latin America and Southeast Asia; the current funding response has been insufficient to address needs.

We have been working in the region since 2012 and have now developed a programme designed to encourage a more coordinated response to the threats. We have identified numerous strong local partners, as well as several excellent international organisations and will continue to build on this through our rigorous research, consultation with our partners and site visits.

We are sharing our research and programme with multiple donors to leverage pooled funding to enable a ‘win-win’ for both donor and grantee. For the (often overstretched) grantee, it means less time spent fundraising and completing paperwork; and done well it also means more opportunity to collaborate and learn from other grantees.  For the donor, it offers an opportunity to learn about and fund grantees in areas previously inaccessible given lack of capacity to research the region, identify good partners or conduct due diligence.

Current partners in our Congo Basin Programme

African Marine Mammal Conservation Organization (AMMCO)

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Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

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Coalition des Femmes Leaders pour l’Environnement et le Développement Durable (CFLEDD)

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Green Development Advocates

Green Development Advocates (GDA) is a Cameroonian organisation which works with forest communities and indigenous peoples to support sustainable development activities in forests in Southwe

Struggle to Economize Future Environment

Struggle to Economize Future Environment (SEFE) is a grassroots NGO which mobilises communities in Southwest Cameroon to protect forests and farmland from a proposed large-scale palm oil pla

Reseau CREF

Réseau CREF (Network for the Conservation and Restoration of Forest Ecosystems) is a coalition of around 30 local organisations based in North Kivu, Eastern DRC. Its overarching aim is to

Mbou Mon Tour

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International Rivers Africa Programme

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Genetic Resources Action International

GRAIN is an international NGO that began in the 1980s as a coalition of likeminded people doing research, advocacy and lobbying around loss of diversity on farms. Its work evolved to focus o

Association Okani

OKANI is a community-based organisation based in the Eastern region of Cameroon established and governed by Baka peoples. It works to secure the rights of and promote sustainable livelihoods

Field Advisory Legality Group

Field Legality Advisory Group (FLAG) was established by a group of three Cameroonian experts in 2012 to build the capacity of government and civil society groups (including of law enforceme

Dynamique des Groupes des Peuples Autochtones

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Well Grounded

Well Grounded works across the Congo Basin for civil society organisations (CSOs) to provide organisation and strategy development support so that organisations can have real and sustainable

Rainforest Foundation UK

Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) works with local civil society groups to challenge destructive models of development and support local communities to manage their customary forests. The fore

Forest Peoples Programme

Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) works across the tropics to ensure that forest peoples are able to secure their land rights; are involved in decision-making about land-use change; and are fre

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