In 2006 Katherine Scholfield and I embarked on a survey of conservation NGOs working in sub-Saharan Africa and compiled a list of over 280 organisations, obtaining financial information on nearly 90 including all the largest. We sent our list and figures out to all the organisations on it, together with a write-up of our findings, in an extensive consultation exercise. I was delighted by the enthusiastic response that our first report generated with about forty people replying with useful comments and observations.

The result of all that work has been one unpublished report which we produced to make this work freely accessible. The report is available as this PDF.

In a later project that derives from this I began mapping the development NGO sector in the UK. That work is described here. This research has lead to a rather wonderful offshoot which is a website called “ngoexplorer” which allows you to search intensive, and download data from, the Charity Commission. It is described in this blog (or in pdf form).

The research also produced a number of published publications: one paper for Africanist, and more social science, audiences; two for more conservation science audiences and a third addressing more radical scholarship. PDFs follow:

Holmes, G., Scholfield, K. and Brockington, D. 2012. ‘A Comparison of Global Conservation Prioritization Models with Spatial Spending Patterns of Conservation Nongovernmental Organizations’ Conservation Biology 26 (4): 602-609. PDF

Brockington, D. and Scholfield, K. 2010. ‘Expenditure by Conservation Non-Governmental Organisations in Sub-Saharan Africa.’ Conservation Letters 3(2): 106-113. PDF

Brockington, D. and Scholfield, K. 2010. ‘The work of conservation organisations in sub-Saharan Africa.’ Journal of Modern African Studies 48 (1): 1-33. PDF

Brockington, D. and Scholfield, K. 2010. ‘Conservation NGOs and the Conservationist Mode of Production in sub-Saharan Africa.’ Antipode 42 (3): 551-575. PDF

Finally, with Billie Larsen’s leadership I have produced an edited collection which explores the Anthropology of Conservation NGOs.

Larsen, P.B. & Brockington, D. (eds) 2017. The Anthropology of Conservation NGOs. Palgrave, London.

A PDF of the book is available here and this blog provides a summary.