Individual talent prospers within dynamic organisations, and we will only ever be as successful as our partners are strong, capable and strategic.

Our Organisational Development programme focuses on strengthening the autonomy and resilience of select partners critical to our mission so they can deliver effective conservation without our support.

Taking a holistic approach, we examine all aspects of how a particular organisation functions, from mission, governance and strategy to communications, membership and fundraising, and identify what kind of development is needed.

Organisational Development relies on a structured partnership approach between the partner, MAVA and an external advisor across four stages:

  • conducting an in-depth organisational health-check
  • developing a practical and fundable Organisational Development action plan
  • implementation, monitoring and adaptation
  • reporting on progress

Selected partners need to be ready for a challenging journey of reflection, mutual learning and opportunity.

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A holistic approach

We undertake Organisational Development according to a number of principles, including:

  • partners set the direction for their own development
  • partners are willing to participate and open to change
  • support packages are tailor-made for each partner
  • participation requires the involvement of the whole organisation

Find out more in our Welcome to Organisational Development brochure.

As we make progress with our chosen partners, we will share stories and learning about best practice for Organisational Development.

Focus on one of our partners

Fundação Tartaruga, the Cape Verde branch of the Turtle Foundation, is a key partner for Loggerhead turtle conservation.

Our Organisational Development supports both the Turtle Foundation and Fundação Tartaruga on their own individual and linked journeys. Seeking to strengthen their respective roles and identities, both organisations are exploring how best to ensure financial sustainability in the coming years.

Ukie Resende
(c) Turtle Foundation

Ukie Resende

Fundaçao Tartaruga
Children recognize the logo on the truck and call out, ‘Fundação!’, and lots of local people call me ‘Tartaruga’! More and more people here are learning about and supporting turtle conservation.”


Simon Mériaux

Manager, Impact & Sustainability

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