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. Currently it partners with KIWAKKUKI (Kikundi cha Wanawake Kilimanjaro Kupambana na UKIMWI) and has activities in the dry lowlands of the Kilimanjaro region in Northern Tanzania. It 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.

Join us to visit some schools that Liana has worked with in Northern Tanzania! These films are from early March 2021.

Since 2017 Liana has assisted all these schools. 


Keräys umpeutunut. / campaign closed. 

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 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...