You don't need to immediately eliminate world poverty, bring world peace or save the environment. You just have to do whatever you discover works with your modest resources to make a difference in the lives of the poor.

(William Easterly, The White Man's Burden, 2006)

Improving human well-being and the environment

Liana is a non-profit Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) operating in development cooperation. Its role is advisory and supportive, aiming at building capacity through joint responsibility and joint learning. Liana works through local development organisations with whom it implements collaborative activities.

Liana focuses its interventions on the most vulnerable groups (e.g. communities in drylands with limited livelihood options) and works on problems perceived by the people themselves as the most critical. It strives to link local development initiatives with expertise, resources, information and knowledge.

Currently Liana has two projects in the dry lowlands of the Kilimanjaro region in Northern Tanzania.

  1. Forest Garden Farming for People and the Planet helps small-scale farmers in Mwanga district transfer their open fields of annual crops into diverse multi-layer agroforestry systems that are productive all year round and improve the natural environment
  2. The School project in Rombo, Mwanga and Moshi helps schools to build rainwater harvesting tanks and firewood-saving stoves, and use locally built handwashers near toilets for hand hygiene and recycling the waste water from the washers for growing trees in the school premises. 

Liana's two projects explained in three minutes!

Eliya tells about the benefits he already sees less than one year since he started to transform his shamba into a Forest Garden. Video from November 2023.

Liana bases its activities on best evidence and understanding:

  1. Lessons learned from practical development interventions
  2. Local knowledge
  3. Existing scientific knowledge base
  4. Analysing and interpreting the relevance of information to local problems, and generating more information by action research, surveys and experiments with its partners, and learning from other fields.

Liana is a membership organisation

It has Regular and Supporting members. Read more about becoming a member here.

Liana works as a network

The images below explain why we selected the name Liana. We do not have costly structures. Our activities are hosted and done together with existing local organisations. Our administration in Finland is done on a voluntary basis and thus all donations are used in development activities.

Lianas reach to attain new heights...

Lianas connect, link and form networks...

Lianas seem to have no beginning and no end...

Lianas can be used for climbing...

Lianas use existing structures...


Lianas are beautiful...

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