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CBNRM Member Profiles Southern Alliance for Indigenous Resources

Southern Alliance for Indigenous Resources (SAFIRE)

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The Southern Alliance for Indigenous Resources is a non-governmental organization that was established in 1994 to assist rural communities diversify and enhance their livelihood options through sustainable management and utilization of natural resources. SAFIRE provides support and training to community based natural resources management activities and uses participatory development methodologies. In 2007, the organization completed its transformation into a regional NGO with headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe, an office in Zambia and strategic partnerships and programmes in more than 10 other countries in Africa and one country in Asia.

Guiding Principles

  • The welfare of rural communities is inextricably linked to the well– being of the environment in which they live.
  • Any attempt to address rural development and environmental problems must address the needs of the local communities.
  • To be successful, sustainable development initiatives require the full and active participation of communities.
  • The ability of rural people to manage their own resources on a sustainable basis should not be underestimated, and developing their institutional capacity to do so should be a priority.
  • The key to sustainable natural resources management lies in the establishment of ownership and user rights by community members to resources in their vicinities.


To be the regional leader and service provider of first choice in benefit – driven sustainable natural resources management by rural communities.

To facilitate the development and application of innovative approaches to diversify and improve rural livelihoods based on the utilization and sustainable management of natural resources.


  • To diversify and strengthen rural livelihoods through improved management and sustainable utilization of natural resources.
  • To support and develop he capacities of local level institutions in sustainable natural resources management.
  • To encourage collaboration between stakeholders and institutions active in natural resources management.
  • To encourage local efforts and responsibility in participatory natural resources management.
  • To promote the development of income generating enterprises based on sustainable natural resources use.
  • To assist in the alleviation of environmental degradation in refuge impacted areas.
  • To advocate for and contribute to the development of policies that achieve any of the above.


Core Values

  • Integrity – We conduct ourselves at all times with honesty, trustworthiness, and open and direct communication.
  • Participation – We involve and respect the views of stakeholders, especially rural communities, in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programmes.
  • Accountability and Transparency – We encourage openness, critique and taking responsibility for what we do.
  • Innovation – We strive for and promote creativity.
  • High Quality Service – SAFIRE provides demand – driven, efficient, timely and cost effective, competitive products and services.
  • Teamwork – We are committed to manage relationships effectively and efficiently using the team’s competencies to achieve optimal results.
  • Fairness – We give equal opportunity to all our staff, clients and stakeholders.
  • Professionalism – We conduct ourselves at all times with total commitment, and apply state – of the art knowledge and approaches in our fields of operation.


Contact Details
Southern Alliance For Indigenous
Resources (SAFIRE)
Box BE 398, Belvedere

Physical Address

10 Lawson Avenue
Milton Park
Phone: - +263 4 795461\794333\736235\736247
Cell:+263 912 233 452
Fax – +263 4 790 470
E—mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: http://www.safireweb.org/