Africa Programs

JGI’s work is distinguished by its participatory, systems-based approach.

We successfully mobilise people to adopt new behaviors and practices to serve both themselves and the broader environment they rely on to survive. We apply this approach across multiple sectors, from agriculture and health, to education and micro-credits.

Since the early 1990s, The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) has recognised that protecting chimpanzees and their habitat can no longer remain separate from the task of improving the human condition. Rapidly increasing destruction of forests and the pressures of growing populations mean that reaching individual farmers and villagers is key to conservation success. That’s why, in African chimpanzee range countries, JGI’s around the world work to build the capacity of rural communities to be self-sustaining in ways that enable them to prosper economically and culturally, while protecting the natural resources on which their long-term prosperity depends. JGI’s work is distinguished by its participatory, systems-based approach, successfully mobilising people to adopt new behaviors and practices to serve themselves and the broader landscape they rely on to survive. We apply this approach across multiple sectors, from agriculture and health to education and micro-credit.

The Jane Goodall Institute Australia's focus in Africa is on the following programs:

Protecting endangered chimps: sanctuaries and conservation

As their forest habitats are destroyed, chimps are disappearing too. Already threatened by deforestation, illegal poaching, hunting and trafficking, the pandemic has seen these pressures rapidly rise. Tourism has plummeted, slashing vital income to our reserves too.

With over thirty years of community-centred conservation experience, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) has the knowledge, tools and passion to effectively protect chimps - and the communities who live alongside them. Chip in for chimps today and keep Jane's dream alive!

Be a Chimp Guardian: Join our Tchimpounga Rehabilitation Centre

Poachers in the Congo kill thousands of chimpanzees each year for the illegal bushmeat trade. Sometimes they spare the lives of the smallest, selling them as pets or for entertainment. JGIA works to end the illegal wildlife trade through education, changing policy and community-centred conservation including development of new sources of income.

To help the youngest victims – the orphaned babies – JGI operates Tchimpounga, a safe haven in the Republic of Congo, where chimps rescued from the black market get care and attention. Founded in 1992, Tchimpounga now hosts more than 150 chimps and three islands where chimps live in near-wild conditions.

Educate Girls, Change the World: Peer-to-Peer Education

Uganda has one of the highest school dropout rates in East Africa. Often when girls reach puberty, they leave school to marry or contribute to the household by assisting with tasks such as farming and water collection. This problem is compounded by a lack of access to reproductive health information and materials.

When women are educated they are more likely to find employment, have a higher income and invest in their family’s future.

Micro Financing Women’s Groups

At JGIA we also raise money to fund women’s projects to create income. Not only does this stop women from practices such as unsustainable farming or firewood collection and sale (deforestation), it also gives them a higher income which they can spend on educating their children. This is critical in breaking the cycle of poverty.

When women are educated and have an income source, they also tend to have less children, which means women are better able to provide for their families and the environmental impacts are lower.