MMWCA continues to focus on building support from a diversified base of sources, which are aligned with helping the organization to address its core strategic goals and objectives as clearly outlined in our high level roadmap (Strategic Plan 2017-2020).
Critical program support is provided by the following major donors:
Since 2015, USAID has been supporting MMWCA in its program: Effective Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihood Improvement by Community Conservancies in the Mara Region. The project objectives include:
– Establishing an integrated and sustainable conservancy governance model;
– Securing the Pardamat Conservation Area for improved biodiversity and wildlife conservation;
– Developing a well-established Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancy Association (MMWCA) to provide leadership and coordination for the conservancies.
USAID is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID’s work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity, demonstrates American generosity, and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is the implementing partner for the Effective Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihood Improvement by Community Conservancies in the Mara Region project.
Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has worked to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends. In Kenya, they strive to build resilient human and natural communities that are better equipped to adapt to an uncertain future that includes drought, economic shocks, and political change.
In 2017, The Band Foundation partnered with MMWCA to realize the project: Building Next Generation Impact Across the Maasai Mara’s Community Conservancies.
This includes the design and implementation of a single, consolidated management to work in a coordinated, efficient manner at the landscape level across multiple Mara Conservancies. It also develop and implements a Sustainable Livestock Initiative where livestock will be managed alongside freely roaming wildlife to facilitate effective rangeland management as well as complementing conservancy revenue and landowner household income, diversifying revenue steams to enable sustainable management of the natural resources.
The BAND Foundation is a private family foundation established in 1999 by Burks and Anthony Lapham and their children, Nicholas and David. It seeks to advance the family’s charitable interests through strategic grant making, primarily in the areas of nature conservation, epilepsy and climate change (the latter via a BAND-affiliated donor advised fund). The Foundation supports programs in the United States and abroad with a special emphasis on geographies with which the family has present or historic ties. BAND believes in a flexible, risk-tolerant approach to grant making, through which it seeks to provide timely support to critical issues, catalyze effective partnerships and unlock larger financial flows from public and private sources.
Liechtenstein Global Trust (LGT)’s Venture Philanthropy supports MMWCA and the Pardamat Conservation Area’s community members to create a sustainable mixed land use model where wildlife can roam freely – securing wildlife corridors – alongside grazing livestock. This includes interventions to ensure reduced human-wildlife conflict, reduced poaching and a sustainable model that can be replicated in areas with wildlife and human settlement. Through support from LGT, PCA has secured 5,551 acres to open critical wildlife corridors connecting to Naboisho Conservancy, while improving the livelihoods of 72 families receiving monthly lease payments totaling KSH 500,000,000.
LGT Venture Philanthropy implements the venture philanthropy engagements of the Princely Family of Liechtenstein and LGT – the world’s largest privately-owned Private Banking and Asset Management group. Thinking and acting in a responsible and long-term manner are deeply rooted in LGT’s corporate culture.
In 2018, the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (DIKU) partnered with MMWCA to implement the Mara Vocational Training Project. It is a 4-year project that brings together 7 key learning institutions in the Greater Maasai Mara region to provide 1,800 unemployed or underemployed young adults with high-quality, accredited critical skill certifications that respond to employment and entrepreneurial needs in the region. This includes tourism, agriculture, natural resource management, wildlife conservation, and ICT and business management.
The program is aligned with the Kenyan Government’s Big 4 Agenda – health, housing, manufacturing, and food security – where vocational training and skills development to empower youth play a driving role in its success. It also provides crucial development and capacity support from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (MNBU) and the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), two leading institutions for applied ecological sciences and sustainable development.
DIKU is a public Norwegian agency promoting international cooperation in education and research.
Basecamp Explorer Foundation (BCEF) is a non-profit organization working with local communities to safeguard nature. Over the last 15 years, Basecamp Explorer’s responsible tourism business supports projects like reforestation, waste management, empowering women and youth, and securing land for wildlife to flourish. Basecamp Explorer Foundation is part of the Basecamp Explorer Group, operating through sustainable tourism. BCEF played a pivotal role in establishing Naboisho Conservancy as well as MMWCA
NORAD is the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. It provides the quality-assurance of Norwegian Development Cooperation to ensure that Norwegian Development aid funds are spent in the best possible way, and to report on what works and what does not work.
Dyreparken (Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park) is Norway`s most frequently visited attraction covering an area of 150 acres of wild Nordic terrain. Unlike other European zoos, animals at Dyreparken have wide open enclosures with plenty of room to roam. Dyreparken also works with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on conservation initiatives.
The Climate Justice Resilience Fund (CJRF) is a project of the New Venture Fund (NVF), 501c3 public charity that is registered in the United States. The CJRF helps women, youth, and indigenous peoples adapt to climate change and build resilience by implementing and scaling sustainable climate solutions. The CJRF supports “bottom-up,” frontline community-led approaches in the Bay of Bengal (India, Bangladesh), East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania), and the Arctic.
Additional program, implementation, and partnership support provided by:
A cultural landscape where communities and partners secure wildlife and sustainable livelihoods for a better future.
To conserve the greater Maasai Mara ecosystem, through a network of protected areas, for the prosperity of all – biodiversity and wildlife, the local population, and recreation and tourism for the nation of Kenya.