Rangers & Crew Deployed
Reduction in Poaching
Increase in Wildlife
IAPF works hand in hand with communities that live alongside the wilderness we protect.
We provide paid employment to locals and ensure that every Akashinga ranger we educate, train and deploy, lives in the community where she works. 62% of all operational costs of the Akashinga model go directly back to the local community, with 80% flowing through to the household level.
In conservation, women are outnumbered by men in front-line roles by as much as 100:1.
By empowering rural women, the Akashinga program motivates improved healthcare, skills development, children staying in school, rape & sexual assault prevention, increased life expectancy, disease and poverty reduction and structured family planning.
We instil a culture of competence, learning and leadership in rangers by equipping them with the vital physical and mental tools they need to succeed.
Continuous learning is vital to our success and as we grow, our focus will remain on getting and keeping the basics right – transparent communication, capacity building, developing partnerships and ongoing learning.
We empower local communities to protect their own land, instead of doing it for them. Being a ranger in rural Africa is one of the most prestigious, dangerous and respected uniformed jobs.
Akashinga is not only an investment into women but their families, the development of rural communities and the protection of nature.
Akashinga is a community-driven conservation model, empowering disadvantaged women to restore and manage large networks of wilderness alongside their local communities, as an alternative economic model to trophy hunting.
Our goal is to employ 1,000 female rangers by 2025 protecting a network of 20 nature preserves under IAPF management.
The LEAD Ranger program delivers tailored training, long-term support and mentoring to develop wildlife crime-enforcement leaders and instructors who remain based in the ecosystems they are protecting.
This program is a collaborative initiative by the IAPF, the Thin Green Line Foundation, and Ranger Campus. Our goal is to train rangers that collectively protect 50 million acres.