Experience has shown us that for change in Africa to be long-term it needs to be owned by the local people.
— Crista Cullen MBE
 

What we do

 
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Human-wildlife co-existence

Africa is a place of constant battles. As the human population grows at pace, their demand for land is constantly increasing – land for dwellings, subsistence farming and livestock grazing.

This means the wild animals who have roamed the land for generations are being forced to compete for spaces they are used to calling their own. Crops are raided. Livelihoods are destroyed. People are hurt. And animals are killed in retaliation.

At Tofauti we believe working with the local people is the only way to help humans and animals find ways to co-exist and thrive together.

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Environmental education

Africa’s natural habitats, animal species and tribal cultures are rich, breath-taking and unlike anywhere else in the world. Yet this richness and diversity is not without challenges.

We believe that African people need nature to thrive – whether farming effectively and considerately, or enabling economy-boosting responsible tourism.

At Tofauti we work with the local people to help them sustain a way of life that leverages, rather than compromises their relationship with the natural world they live in.

 
 
 

Wildlife protection

At the heart of Tofauti’s DNA is the protection of wildlife. We appreciate that every area faces its own challenges – from bush meat trade to deforestation, disease from domestic animal interaction to drought, and in the worst cases, illegal poaching.

At Tofauti we don’t believe in one-size-fits-all fixes. Instead we go deep into each situation – building the understanding and the alliances to create bespoke, long-term solutions. And we ensure local people are engaged and involved in sustaining them.

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Infrastructure and habitat

Protecting Africa’s wildlife is hugely reliant on having the structures and provisions to enable industry in the most remote locations.

The need for scout accommodation, road maintenance, water holding areas, electric fencing and crucial wildlife corridors is vast.

Tofauti works with trusted partners on the ground to ensure that these crucial underpinnings can continue to be put in place, and that they are planned, managed and measured to the highest standards.

 
 
 
 

We go further together

We think the challenges facing Africa can only be tackled through an approach that unites. So core to everything we do is our focus on building teams to create and sustain solutions.

We educate and empower

Experience has shown us that for change in Africa to be long-term it needs to be owned by the local people. So every Tofauti project is designed to bring local stakeholders along with us.

We connect the dots

We understand that everything is connected. So we are unwavering in applying both depth of knowledge and breadth of perspective to all that we do.

 

 

We go further together

We think the challenges facing Africa can only be tackled through an approach that unites. So core to everything we do is our focus on building teams to create and sustain solutions.

 
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Expert partners

We work with trusted, likeminded partners on-the-ground in Africa and in the UK –building specialist teams around specific needs to maximise project impact and project longevity

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Supporters, not just donors

We rely on donors’ generosity, but we also rely on the passion and energy of supporters who help us in a host of other ways and, crucially, who stay with us for the journey

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Share and learn

We operate a model of total transparency and a culture of shared learning – we believe it’s the only way to grow better at what we do –within Team Tofauti and within the broader world of conservation.

 

We educate and empower

Experience has shown us that for change in Africa to be long-term it needs to be owned by the local people. So every Tofauti project is designed to bring local stakeholders on a journey with us.

 
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Change through knowledge

By placing education at the centre of what we do, we are able to shift embedded attitudes that are barriers to change, helping local people appreciate their local habitat, their local wildlife and the importance of their relationship to each other.

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Local commitment

Every Tofauti project is built on side-by-side commitment. We expect locals to work just as hard as we do – sharing in the tough bits and taking pride in the results of our combined efforts.

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Long-term ownership

We give locals the tools and training that enable them to not just make change happen, but to sustain it themselves for generations to come.

 

We connect the dots

We understand that everything is connected.
So we are unwavering in applying both depth of knowledge and breadth of perspective to all that we do.

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No issue in isolation

We conduct deep project assessment that looks into the issues surrounding the issue we’re addressing. We identify the macro and micro economic, cultural and environmental factors that will need to be taken into consideration in any potential intervention.

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Future scenario planning

As well as gaining a deep understanding of today’s situation, we ensure we also appreciate the events that have led to it. And we work through the potential unintended impacts of any action by our team.

Long-term measurement

All partnerships are based on a commitment to long-term project monitoring and evaluation. We believe in sustained, deep- rooted change, not short-lived red ribbon moments.

 
 
 

Our partners

The organisations we partner with have demonstrated their expertise and rigour in implementing conservation projects in Africa. They bring infrastructure, skills, and proven on-the-ground experience in making a positive, long-term impact.

 
 
 
 

Tusk is an international charity that supports forward-thinking conservation work across Africa. We have worked together on numerous projects with a core focus on helping humans and animals to coexist.


 
 

ISAP is an NGO working to combat poaching in Namibia through a proactive intelligence-based approach. We have now worked together to complete the phase one build of the communications HQ for the intelligence-gathering scouts.

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Friends From Ireland are a group of people from all walks of life who take part in community building projects in Africa. Our partnership has spanned several years and includes school, health and sanitation projects.


 
 

Galana Wildlife Conservancy

The Galana Wildlife Conservancy, situated on the eastern boundary of Tsavo East National Park, is committed to understanding and protecting Kenya’s wildlife. We have supported their work through the provision of a tractor to enable infrastructural development to help vital scout patrols and management of the 65,000-acre conservancy.


 
 

Rhino Ark

Rhino Ark is a charitable trust working to protect Kenya’s endangered black rhino. Our work with them has helped to protect Kenyan water catchment areas that are vital for both animal and human survival.