2022 Edition

2022 Southern Africa Edition

With the Biodiversity Partners program,
a group of 25 pioneers from Southern Africa
will have the opportunity to join a transformative training program for the realization of their pro-nature projects.

AFD Campus and the Sustainability Institute renew their partnership in 2022 to support actions in favor of biodiversity.

What the program
will bring you

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In this program you will have access to theoretical and practical resources, to experts and to a regional network of changemakers.

Being part of the BiPP will allow you to develop your innovative pro-nature project further, widen your knowledge and leadership on biodiversity, benefit from the support of a community of peers, increase your impact and alignment.

Why Southern Africa ?

Beyond the incredible variety of landscapes and the wild diversity of species, Southern Africa is a high-spirited region on biodiversity issues and has a long history of biodiversity protection and  community-based natural resources management.

Southern Africa gathers numerous changemakers who create solutions to global and local challenges: their projects mitigate climate change effects, rebalance the ecosystems against the invasive species, rethink the exploitation of natural ressources, promote preservation values, reinvent tourism, banking or agricultural practices.

The Biodiversity Partners Program accompany this trend so that projects combining biodiversity conservation and socio-economic development in Southern Africa are fully sustainable.

The agenda

The BiPP is composed of 3 phases, over 4 months, and is organized to be compatible with participants' professionnal activities.


This stage gives you the opportunity to gain strong knowledge on:
Module 1: Deep ecology    
Module 2: Biodiversity    
Module 3: System thinking and  complexity    
Module 4: Indigenous knowledge  systems

1 August - 2 September 2022


This one-week on-site sprint is based on human-centered design, in order for you to conceive new solutions with your peers and your mentor  and refine your project.  The week will also include an immersive session into the wild, so that you can physically feel the interconnection with nature.
It also includes Module 5 on Leadership.

26-30 September 2022


This stage brings you tools, support and network to strengthen your project:
Module  6: Packing business identity (branding) and storytelling    
Module 7: Accessing  (biodiversity) funding and finding suitable partnerships    
Module 8: Writing proposals  and pitching

10 October to 25 November 2022
The program also foresees an immersive session in nature.

Introduction to biodiversity issues


Our whole society is embedded in nature, but we seem to have lost contact with the vital advantages it provides. This module presents ecosystem services and how they can be a huge contributor to reconcile human needs and biodiversity considerations, and how to consider the value of what nature brings to us.

Indigenous knowledge


Reappropriation of indigenous knowledge that made humans « custodians of the earth » is a strong step to create a peaceful environment for sustainable futures. This module intends to explore African indigenous ecology as a resource for today’s challenges.

Systems thinking


In a world full of uncertainty, knowing how to untangle the complexity due to economic, environmental and social events helps focus on what can be essential. This module explores the human-nature interactions from a systems thinking perspective in order to fuel our capacity of adaptation and decision. 

Deep ecology


Developing a deep relationship with the living beings 

Deep ecology is a powerful tool to feel the connections between us and the rest of life on earth. Its philosophy is based on the intrinsic value of every living being and the need of meaningfulness beyond economic valuation. From the recognition to the acceptance of the magnitude of the human-nature links, deep ecology is a journey toward gratitude and action.

« We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect ».

- Aldo Leopold

Design Sprint


Empowerment to efficient action and project viability

With all the knowledge previously generated through Biodiversity Challenges, Indigenous Knowledge, Systems Thinking and Deep Ecology, the Design sprint is crucial to turn the reflection into action. The Business Sprint is a transformative step for project holders to refine, confront, and unpack their ideas, so as to increase their projects’ concrete impacts. 

Business skills


Tools, support and network to strengthen your project

Acting for biodiversity also means working in collective intelligence to increase the chances of success and a greater positive impact. The BiPP offers an access to a diversity of actors and practical help to improve the feasability and the viability of your project. 

Who can participate ?



You work in an organization (company, institution, etc.) whose core activity may NOT be biodiversity or conservation.


You develop or support (a) project(s) that will have an impact on biodiversity, is innovative, can be scaled or replicated.


The project(s) supported has/have a demonstrated positive impact on biodiversity in Southern Africa.



You have created an organization (company, NGO, etc.) with a legal structure and a minimum of 6 months of activity


Your project has impacts on biodiversity, is innovative, can be scaled or replicated


Your project is looking at economic viability to maintain impacts created.

Conditions of participation will be developed once the call for applications is launched. Get to learn more about the process with our FAQ.

The program is opened for residents of :

Namibia Angola
South Africa Malawi

Frequently asked questions

What is the BiPP ?

The Biodiversity Partners Program (BiPP) is a project-based learning &  training program.
The training blends the most recent research about biodiversity regeneration and nature based solutions, as well as innovative practices about managing a project in a complex world. This acceleration program brings advanced pratical support to implement pronature projects. The entire program is a 4 months journey that brings together change makers from diverse sectors to strengthen their project and foster a community-building around biodiversity restoration.

Who can apply ?

The 2022 BiodiversityPartners Program is aimed at Southern African business ideas and projects that are in favour of nature and biodiversity in the following countries, Namibia, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini/Swaziland.

The program brings together entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs from diverse sectors with no boundaries as long as the ambition is high for nature and people!

If you have a project within the institution you are working in or a project on your own that aims the restoration of biodiversity in Southern Africa; and you are available and willing to carry out the overall program (4 month and a face to face week in Stellenbosch-South Africa); this program might be for you !

How to join the program ?

• Have a project within the institution you are working in or an individual business idea that aims at restoration of biodiversity in Southern Africa.
• Be available and willing to commit to the overall program (4 month and a face to face week in Stellenbosch-South Africa).
• Enter your profile and project here and participate in the follow up interviews as part of the selection process should they be required.

How much does the BiPP cost?

There is a nominal entry fee of R1 000 to secure your commitment. If you are unable to meet this amount please contact us. All costs for the week in South Africa are covered, including flights, accommodation and meals.

When does the BiPP start?

The program begins the 1st of August 2022 and will last until November 2022. (See detailed dates on the page Southern Africa 2022)

What are the criteria upon which I will be selected?

Candidates will be selected based on their application, motivation, and the impact on biodiversity restoration and the potential in terms of innovation and the potential impact for society of its project. The potential of scalability and replicability of the project are also part of the criterion upon which the jury will assess each application.

What are you referring to as an innovative project or pro-nature project?

The Biodiversity Partners Program aims to support the emergence and acceleration of new regenerative practices on biodiversity in a wide spectrum of sectors. We understand innovative and pro nature projects as projects that:
- Do not simply focus on the conservation of nature, but encompass a much deeper ambition in order to bring together human development and biodiversity restoration.
- Establish a new method or practice that improve biodiversity considerations substantially in a given context.

When will the selection be announced ?

All applicants will be notified by email on 18 July as to whether they gained acceptance to the program or not.

In terms of personal time and time management, how is the program organised?

Stage 1 : 1 August - 2 September : 8 hours per week of contact time online to cover biodiversity and ecological transitions themes.
Stage 2 : 25 September - 29 September : 1 day of deep immersion in nature + 4 days for the human centered design sprint full time on site at the Sustainability Institute in Stellenbosch.
Stage 3 : 30 September - 4 November : 8 hours per week of contact time online to equip you to start, fund, and run your project.

What documents do I have to prepare for the applications?

You will be asked to upload a resume, and if you want, you will be able to download every document you find interesting for the jury to consider your application.
You can also download a video describing you, your project and what this program will bring you, it is not mandatory but will be appreciated by the jury.

Who selects the participants?

A jury will select participants based on the criterion mentioned above. The jury is composed by representatives of the institutions that are co-creating this program : the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Sustainability Institute and its associates.

Any questions ?

Contact us