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As an East African woman in the field of Conservation Technology, what resources have been the most useful for you?

Hello Wildlabbers!

Are you an East African woman starting or advancing your career in the field of Conservation Technology? What resources have been the most helpful along your journey that you would love to share with other upcoming young women in this field? Or perhaps you undertake work to advance the role of women across East Africa within Conservation Technology? What resources do you offer and how do they prove useful for these women? 

We'd love for you to share along this thread all the great resources (academic, training, funding, mentoring, upskilling, etc.) that you think can help support the East African women in Conservation Technology within our community and guide them in unlocking the opportunities available to them towards realising their full potential in this field. 

To get you started, here are a few notable mentions:


  1. The Women in Conservation Technology Programme a months-long program that seeks to equip early career women with foundational knowledge in conservation technology through exploring technological solutions to overcome conservation challenges in order to advance their careers in conservation. 
  2. WE Africa Leadership Program - WE lead is a Women for the Environment Africa program that is a year long leadership experience for a cohort of 20 women environmental leaders in Africa each year. It includes tailored trainings, facilitated dialogues, one-on-one coaching and mentoring, community building, peer support, and increased visibility focused around the 5 pillars of personal leadership, wellbeing, relationship and collaboration, visibility for impact and radical imagination. 
  3. Women in the Field (WIF) Program - a Grumeti Fund’s RISE (Research and Innovation for the Serengeti Ecosystem) three-week skills-based intensive for talented Tanzanian women in the conservation sector, hosted out of the newly constructed RISE center, in which they focus on both the theory and practice of social and ecological data collection. 
  4. Microsoft Africa Development Centre (ADC) Women Empowerment Program - The ADC is Microsoft's first-ever engineering offices in Africa with locations in Nairobi, Kenya running a 12-week program aimed at developing and preparing women and girls with career readiness tips, tech skills on specific tech tracks per cohort, mentorship and encouraging women to take up leadership positions and go for opportunities in their careers and education as part of their growth and contribution to society.
  5. The Standard Chartered Women in Technology Incubator Kenya - Africa’s leading incubator programme for female founded businesses, aligning with calls for more diversity in technology, entrepreneurship and for more opportunities for women to develop entrepreneurial and leadership excellence. The program is an initiative of Standard Chartered in partnership with @iBizAfrica Centre, Strathmore University.

Communities & Platforms:

  1. Women in Conservation Tech Programme (WiCT) WILDLABS Group - a space for the women and mentors involved in the WiCT programme to keep in touch, share updates and resources, and problem solve together. 
  2. African Women in GIS - a community made up of African women around the world who study, work, or are interested in the Geospatial industry. 
  3. Women in Machine Learning & Data Science: Kenya Chapter and Uganda Chapter - supports and promotes women and gender minorities who are practicing, studying or are interested in the fields of machine learning and data science.
  4. Women in Data Science Kenya (WiDS) - an initiative aimed to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field.
  5. Zindi Africa - hosts the largest community of African data scientists, working to solve the world’s most pressing challenges using machine learning and AI. They connect data scientists with organisations, and provide a place to learn, hone your skills and find a job.
  6. ConTech Africa - a female-led, Tanzania-based and owned consultancy firm specialising in conservation technology services. 
  7. Rwanda Biodiversity Information System - an open web-based portal to overcome the constraint of Biodiversity data inaccessibility. 

Share along this thread the resources you think would be useful for our East African female community! 


1. Everywhere She Maps is an activity supported by the Gender Equity and Equality Action Fund conducted by and for YouthMappers which is sponsored by the GeoCenter of USAID. They expand three core activities that are proving successful in the current YouthMappers program:

2. Earth Data Science: Earth Lab provides free online courses, tutorials, tools and course materials covering topics including data integration, GIS and data intensive science.


WiGIS Uganda - Empowers Women in the Geo-spatial industry in Uganda to connect, learn and make an impact through Geospatial technologies.

@EstherGithinji These are some of the coolest programs!  Thanks for sharing these. You are addressing 3 critical topics at once: (1) Wildlife Conservation; (2) Economic Opportunity at the Local Level in a sustainable manner that benefits from Wildlife Conservation; and (3) helping to create economic opportunities for women in Africa. 

Many of the problems in Africa are the direct result of the economic/power imbalance between men and women.  Many women in East Africa (I don't believe in Kenya or Tanzania, but for sure in Uganda where I witnessed it with my own eyes), are going off into "modern slavery" with "labor companies" who subcontract them out as domestic help or factory workers, but then take their passports once they land overseas and then don't pay the wages the women are due.  The young women do this because they don't enough opportunities at home.  

These programs that you are promoting make a huge difference!

Conservation Training Programs:

Tropical Biology Association

Training conservation leaders and giving them the skills and support they need to be effective on the ground. TBA programmes work on the ground in Africa and Asia, empowering students to make a positive, physical impact on the natural environment.

1. Field Courses: TBA month-long courses in tropical ecology and conservation. These courses are for students at advanced undergraduate or early postgraduate level who have a keen interest, but little experience, in tropical biology.

2. Specialist Courses: These courses provide tailor-made training for individuals, teams and organisations and target specific areas for professional growth.

3. Online Courses: TBA has made training more accessible with online courses.