NGO facilitates stakeholder dialogue, builds capacity and trust

Published: 20 January 2017
Last edited: 01 April 2019
The long-term presence and commitment of the Wildlife Conservation Society in the Mbe Mountains has been crucial for conservation success. CAMM lacks capacity and funding so WCS facilitated regular CAMM meetings and promoted necessary dialogue required between the nine communities. The presence of an independent NGO helped broker trust between the communities and to develop a common vision. A draft management plan has been produced and CAMM received support to work with the Boki Local Government to develop community bylaws for the Mbe Mountains. WCS has also helped to build the capacity of CAMM, mentoring them to develop their own funding proposals and with report writing and financial management. WCS is also assisting CAMM with the construction of a new headquarters.

Classifications

Category
Education, training and other capacity development activities
Co-management building
Communication, outreach and awareness building
Legal and policy frameworks, policy advocacy
Alliance and partnership development
Management planning
Scale of implementation
Local
Phase of solution
Implementation

Enabling factors

Long term presence and commitment of an NGO. Long term funding required. Transparency and mutual respect develops trust between the NGO and local communities. Patience and long-term approach required for capacity building of CAMM.

Lessons learned

Initially there was a great deal of mistrust by the nine communities towards WCS that took many years to overcome and still requires constant effort. Support from external elites and politicians was useful in solving local community issues or disputes between communities. Local government is more effective on the ground than state government institutions. Social media is an effective tool for dialogue and awareness raising.