Engaging women at a local meeting

ACTIVE™ Community Engagement


ACTIVE™ Community Engagement offers practical methods and strategies for organizations to create and sustain meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships with local people.

Developed by African People & Wildlife, ACTIVE™ is the culmination of more than 15 years of on-the-ground experience partnering with rural communities to achieve successful, long-term conservation outcomes in Tanzania. We offer the following ACTIVE™ opportunities.

1. Practitioner Workshops

General and in-depth training opportunities via webinars and select venues introduce best practices in partnering with local people and the ACTIVE™ Community Engagement methodology.

2. Onsite Shared Learning and Retreats

Strategic team building, learning, and immersive field experiences are offered at the Noloholo Environmental Center, African People & Wildlife’s headquarters in northern Tanzania. Participants can choose to interact with community-based projects through a variety of lenses.

3. Customized Consulting Services

African People & Wildlife provides tailored consultancy services to individual organizations and groups based on their specific challenges, needs, and objectives for community engagement. We work alongside organizations to design, support, and provide technical expertise as they partner with local communities.

Examples of Learning Lenses for ACTIVE™ Community Engagement

Human-Wildlife Conflict Prevention

Learn how to leverage the traditional knowledge and expertise of local people to co-create solutions that uplift livelihoods while conserving wildlife. The innovations that result from such collaborations are effective, sustainable, and culturally appropriate.

Aerial view of a Living Wall with livestock

Community Natural Resource Management

Visit projects that involve working hand in hand with rural communities to monitor, measure, and safeguard natural resources. As active participants and decision-makers in conservation programs, community members are dedicated to the success of their efforts.

Rangeland scientists measure plant health

Sustainable Enterprise Development

Experience enterprise development programs that uplift livelihoods, protect the environment, and reinforce the value of local wildlife species. Through supportive workshops that promote self-sufficiency, program beneficiaries are prepared for long-term entrepreneurial success.

Beekeeping training with protective gear

Environmental Education

Learn how to develop trainings and seminars that provide the technical resources, expertise, and support for community members who aspire to lead their own conservation projects or become valued staff and field team members. This lens also emphasizes the importance of youth environmental education.

APW Ssaff making a presentation at Noloholo