Liana is a non-profit Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) operating in the field of development cooperation. It was registered in 2005 in Finland.

Its purpose is to use holistic approaches that combine improving the state of the environment and human well-being. It links local development initiatives with expertise, resources, information and knowledge. Its role is advisory and supportive, aiming at building capacity through joint responsibility and joint learning

It focuses its interventions on the most vulnerable groups and works on problems perceived by the people themselves as the most critical. It works through farmer groups, local development organisations and/or local governments with whom it implements collaborative projects and activities.

Liana bases its activities on best evidence and understanding that comes from:

  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. Liana is well equipped by its strong human resources to generate more information by conducting experiments and surveys with its partners, and learning from other fields

All Liana Regular members have extensive knowledge, skills and experience to function in the organisation. When necessary Liana recruits experts from outside the organisation as volunteers or local trainers. Anyone can become a Supporting member. Read more on how to become a member here. 

Liana works as a network. We do not have an office or office costs, and we do not pay anyone for administrative work except if it is budgeted within a project budget. All donations and all supporting members' membership fees are used entirely for the actual work that fulfills our purpose. 

Liana's current activities are in Northern Tanzania where we help schools acquire water tanks for hygiene and tree planting, proper stoves to save firewood and prevent harmful indoor smoke, and hand washing kits for improved health through hand hygiene. We also assist schools in tree nursery establishment and share educational materials on hand hygiene. In addition, we help a community in Moshi to fight against serious erosion that damages their farmland. Read more here...

"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)

Liana constitution        Lianan säännöt (in Finnish)     Liana LinkedIn page

Liana Strategy and Operating Principles (2019)        Info sheet, Liana in a nutshell (pdf)

Registration number in Finland 192.207, Y-tunnus/Business Identification Number 1982505-3. 

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