the community leaders network

“We are the custodians of our natural resources and the key to its sustainability.  Our voices matter" 

About the Community Leaders Network

Community Leaders Network is a collaborative grouping of rural representatives from Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Our Vision

Our Vision is socially and economically resilient rural southern African people whose livelihoods are grounded in their rights to sustainably use their natural resources supported by international respect for their existing governance systems.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to ensure that the voices of rural African people are heard and influence international, regional and national public and policy making process’s that affect our rights and abilities to sustainably manage those natural resources on which our livelihoods depend.

Guiding principles

 Intergenerational equity, engagement and commitment

 Compassion for people and nature

 Sustainable utilisation and development

 Open dialogue and cooperation

 Transparency and accountability to the people we represent and to each other

 Unity of purpose 

Our Goal

Our Goal is equitable and sustainable use rights of our wildlife and other natural resources for social and environmental justice and the economic benefit of present and future generations of rural peoples.

Towards the achievement of our goal, our overall objective is to take our rightful space in policy negotiation, development and implementation processes and amplify our voices to ensure informed decision making at national, regional and international levels that reflects the demands and rights of rural people to manage their wildlife.


Our Voices

Videos, Webinars and Podcasts

Case Studies

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