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African Wildlife Foundation

The African Wildlife Foundation models its program around three objectives:

>> Empowering people: Empowering people involves establishing conservation enterprises that provide benefits and incentives to local communities, sponsoring training of African conservationists and working with government to define conservation policy.
>> Conserving wildlife: Conserving wildlife involves research into species and into how these species interact with people, the basis for defining programs from which both human and animals can benefit.
>> Protecting land. Ensuring that large open landscapes are available for wildlife. This involves supporting existing protected areas, creating private land trusts and working with local community groups on protecting special sites.

Date of Establishment:

01-Apr, 1961

Purpose of Organization:

Founded in 1961, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is a leading conservation organization focused solely on the African continent. AWF's programs and conservation strategies are based on sound science and designed to protect both the wild lands and wildlife of Africa and ensure more sustainable future for Africa's people. Since its inception, AWF has protected endangered species and land, promoted conservation enterprises that benefit local African communities, and trained hundreds of African nationals in conservation - all to ensure the survival of Africa's unparalleled wildlife heritage. AWF is a non-profit organization headquartered in Kenya and registered as a 501(c)(3) in United States.

GEF/SGP involvement:

1. The Forestry Economic Assessment Study (FEAS) project in the mid-1990s implemented for 4 years in East Africa.


1. We have worked with GEF partners especially Protected Area Authorities to develop/amend/review wildlife policies in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, DRC, Zambia, South Sudan and Ethiopia among others.
2. Actively partnered with and supported the Kenya National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) to develop and advocate for the passing of the Kenya National Wetland Management Policy.
3. Implemented various activities in partnership with carious focal point institutions across Africa that have contributed to achievement of GEF objectives in biodiversity and forest conservation.
4. Provided professional input into development of GEF funded projects in Amboseli and Kitengela (Kenya) as well as in South Sudan.
Countries in which organization is active:
  • Botswana
  • Cameroon
  • Congo
  • Congo, Dem.Rep. Of the
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe

Contact Details
Street Address:
Ngong Road, Karen
P.O.Box 310,
Zip Code:
Telephone No.:
254 (0)711-063000
Fax Phone:
Organization founded:

NGO Information
Focal Area:
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change
  • Climate Change - Agriculture/Forestry
  • Organization Type:
  • Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
  • Geographic Scope:
  • Local
  • National
  • Regional

  • Contact Person
    Mr. Jimmiel Mandima Key Contact Person
    Director Program Design and Partner Relations

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