Liana is a non-profit Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) operating in the field of development cooperation. It was established and
registered in 2005 in Finland. In 2008 it was registered as an International NGO is Tanzania.
The organisation was establishedto link local development initiatives with expertise, resources, information and knowledge. Its role is advisory and supportive,
aiming at building capacity through joint learning. It works through farmer groups, local development organisations and/or local
governments with whom it implements collaborative projects and activities.
Liana focuses its interventions on the most vulnerable
groups, starting its work from problems perceived by the people themselves as the most critical.
Liana aims to base all its activities
on best evidence and understanding that comes from:
- Lessons learned from practical development interventions
- Local knowledge
- The wide existing scientific knowledge base
- Analysing and interpreting the relevance of information to local problems
Liana is well
equipped by its strong human resources to generate more information by conducting experiments and surveys with its partners, and learning
from other fields.
Liana Regular members are development and development research professionals. When necessary Liana recruits
professionals from outside the organisation as volunteers.
Liana works as a network. We do not have an office or office costs, and
we do not pay anyone for administrative work except if it is budgeted within a project budget.
Any funds Liana receives as donations
or supporting members' membership fees are used for actual development activities that fulfill our purpose.
"You don't need to immediately eliminate world poverty, bring world peace or save the environment. You just have to do whatever you
discover works with your modest resources to make a difference in the lives of the poor." (William Easterly, The White Man's