The Conservation and Communities Fellowship (CCF) is a 10 month tailored learning and development programme for Global South leaders. It seeks to bring greater equity in the conservation funding flows from the Global North by supporting grassroots Global South civil society organisations to directly access funds for their projects and programmes.
The goal of the Fellowship is to enhance the skills, leadership and networks of 30 changemakers within Global South organisations who work at the intersection of biodiversity and livelihoods. The CCF will help participants to fundraise for their projects and programmes, successfully implement and measure the impact of their projects and programmes, and grow a supportive peer-learning and mentoring community.
Why to take Part?
Taking part in the Conservation and Communities Fellowship will allow participants to:
- Grow new networks and collaborations.
- Acquire mentoring and coaching skills to support colleagues, partners and collaborators.
- Build robust technical and strategic skills in all areas, from building relationships with donors, through project implementation and impact measurement, to scaling up programmes.
- Gain leadership capabilities and learn how to ‘Lead Beyond Authority’ – i.e. to lead and collaborate across sectors, geographies, cultures and social boundaries.
- Support their organisations to successfully fundraise for their projects and programmes.
- Participate in the International Society for Ethnobiology’s 18th biennial Congress in Marrakech, Morocco in May 2024.
- Join the Global Environments Network.
How will it Work?
Fellows will receive integrated training and facilitated peer group support in three streams:
- Mentoring, led by Mowgli Mentoring: participants will develop, practise and apply key mentoring skills, competencies and tools to grow, and to support their colleagues and partners to grow. Trained and matched in two-way peer to peer mentoring relationships, participants will enhance their leadership potential and tackle key challenges together.
- Leadership, led by Common Purpose: participants will enhance their ability to ‘Lead Beyond Authority’, enabling them to engage more effectively with donors and stakeholders. They will also learn the coaching approach to leadership and share personal challenges through peer group coaching.
- Skills-building, led by Global Diversity Foundation in partnership with WildTeam: practical workshops and tailored technical assistance on proposal writing and project management. Fellows will receive ongoing support and mentorship from the GDF team throughout the Fellowship.
Who is it for?
- The Fellowship is open to applicants from the Global South who are leaders or project managers in local civil society or grassroots organisations whose work focuses on the intersection of biodiversity conservation and community livelihoods. Specifically, and are seeking candidates from Least Developed Countries, Low Income Countries and Lower Middle Income Countries.
- Successful candidates will be highly motivated individuals who show commitment to bring about positive change, and who can demonstrate their leadership potential and capability. They are able to critically assess their personal and organisational challenges, and are capable of clearly articulating their learning requirements and needs.
For more information, visit Global Diversity Foundation.