About us

Oikos East Africa (OEA) is a Tanzanian NGO based in Arusha that works since 1999 to promote the protection of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources as tools to fight against poverty and boost socio-economic development.

The principle behind OEA’s work is that sound environmental conservation strategies can guarantee health and wellness to current and future generations, increase the economic independence of vulnerable communities and tackle climate change.

To reach its objectives OEA applies a systemic and interdisciplinary approach that foresees the implementation development projects in four different sectors of intervention: natural resources conservation and management; natural resource accessibility; climate change adaptation and rural communities’ economic empowerment.

OEA vision is a future where local communities and authorities work together to promote a fair socio-economic development based on the sustainable use of natural resources.

OEA mission is to work with high ethical and scientific standards to promote to support rural communities and local governance in improving the quality of life of the population and in protecting their ecosystems through culturally sensitive and environmentally highly sustainable interventions.

OEA is an independent organization registered in 2009, working in partnership with Istituto Oikos. Since its foundation OEA has worked in partnership with many local and international NGOs, with statal and parastatal Tanzanian institutions and with Italian research institutes and universities.

Oikos East Africa staff

Our team is made of specialists in biodiversity conservation and rangeland monitoring, climate change adaptation, awareness raising initiatives and edu-conservation, sustainable food production systems, renewable energy services and support to the creation of community-based green enterprises through skills development. Data management and monitoring and evaluation are a strong component of our work.