The African Wildlife Economy Institute at Stellenbosch University

Aiming to be the leading academic thinktank in Africa for research, teaching, outreach, and engagement on wildlife economies

Impactful research to conserve nature and enhance livelihoods across Africa

  • Deepening knowledge of African wildlife economies

  • Disseminating knowledge to influence stakeholders across the continent

  • Utilising knowledge to strengthen wildlife economy policy, governance, and practice


Africa's wildlife is under threat from persistent rural poverty and rising urban prosperity in the face of systemic shortcomings in governance and management. If Africa's wildlife is to be conserved it must be recognised and governed as the unique and valuable asset that it is, and it must be managed for the benefit of Africa's people.

Stellenbosch University

AWEIAWEI is an academic unit of the Faculty of AgriSciences at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. The Institute collaborates with faculties and departments across the University and with universities and research institutions across the continent and beyond.

Oppenheimer Generations Research & Conservation

OppenheimerAWEI is partnering with Oppenheimer Generations  Research & Conservation to scale up impactful  research on wildlife economies across Africa.

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