Good governance is the engine behind resilient community conservancies and community development. NRT member conservancies are managed by democratically elected boards and staffed by local people, often mixing ethnic groups that have historically fought with one another. Well-governed conservancies provide an institutional framework for conflict resolution, build community support and ensure effective security, grazing and other livelihood programmes. 

How do we measure good governance?

Each conservancy is scored annually on a set of governance and performance criteria, to help managers and boards identify areas of strength and weakness. Conservancies are scored on:

  • Accountability, representation, transparency and equity 

  • Financial management, donor relations and fundraising 

  • Conservancy operations
  • Representation of women and youth

Despite the 2017 drought testing the strength of conservancy institutions in many ways, the average conservancy governance score increased from 61% in 2016 to 68%. This was mainly due to strong engagement from conservancy managers and more effective support from NRT's staff on the ground. It was also down to transformational management training, facilitated by NRT for conservancy leaders.

At a more landscape level, NRT has partnered with six other organisations to support County Governors in Laikipia, Baringo, Samburu, Isiolo and Marsabit with  useful environmental data and policy options to help shape new County Integrated Development Plans (CIDP).


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7% increase

In conservancy governance scores in 2017



conservancy leaders took part in transformative leadership training in 2017