We established as a British NGO in 2002 and have been working in the same area of Madagascar for 15 years. During this time, we have established long-standing harmony and effective partnerships with local communities. Our work covers 11 of the 17 UNDP Sustainable Development Goals. We have experienced rapid growth and success over the last few years, firmly establishing ourselves as a key conservation and social development body in south Madagascar. So now is the ideal time to become part of our movement in creating sustainable futures in Madagascar!
So often we feel powerless to create positive change, but we needn’t be. At Reef Doctor, we are committed to conserving habitats and creating sustainable futures. We support and train communities, which have for many generations relied on fishing, in the transition to alternative, more sustainable livelihoods. In some cases, our initiatives have increased household income by up to 400%.
Madagascar is a location that everyone has heard of but few have visited. Reefs are to Malagasy fisherfolk what crops are to farmers. Without them rural coastal communities cannot survive. But over-fishing and the decline of fish stocks have meant that there is a strong need to alleviate pressure on the reef whilst offering alternative livelihoods and escape from the cycle of poverty.
We have found a way to make a difference, we are a great team who genuinely have fun and achieve amazing results on a daily basis. And we want you to be part of this. So where do you fit in and what do you get in return?
Reasons to partner with us
You are looking for one organisation that runs a holistic set of projects, which cover 11 of the 17 UNDP Sustainable Development Goals.
You want a partner who will provide excellent value for your input. We’re a British-run well-established, ethical growing NGO that produces big results. Check out our achievements.
If you are seeking a truly unique, sustainable, and economical (any investment goes a long way here) partner, we provide an excellent opportunity.
You are looking at number of topics to satisfy your ethical and diverse corporate social responsibility requirements such as poverty alleviation, threatened indigenous cultures, alternative livelihoods, sustainable development, gender equality, reef and turtle conservation, reforestation, climate change, and education. Check out our diverse mix of projects.
You are looking for organisations with an excellent, reputable presence, where there is nothing to set up, no unseen pitfalls, very low reputational risk, and is “low maintenance”. We have been established in the same region of Madagascar for 15 years, with successful active projects, a unique trust, rapport and harmony with all local fishing communities, local & national government, and other organisations.
You are looking for a highly skilled, focused, happy, diverse equal opportunities team. We have a highly skilled team of scientists, senior projects managers, social media and content experts, and an excellent mix of local support staff all with excellent communication skills ready to plan with you. Meet our team.
You are looking to secure the livelihoods of the subsistence fishing communities. Our sustainable livelihood programmes have increased the income of some households by as much as 400%. The reduced economic incentive to hunt marine turtles has saved over 1,000 animals in two and a half years.
You are looking for an education provider. We future-proof the community by providing a supplementary education (state education standards are low and last year there was a 0% pass rate in schools in our region). We provide free, impartial science-based and non-political classes with no religious affiliations.
You are looking for a partner with integrity, we have remained true to our original values of meaningful science-based conservation and social development rather than pursue an easier, but more diluted leisure eco-tourism revenue stream.
You are looking to preserve nature and unique indigenous communities.
Why we are seeking partnerships now?
We’d like to increase our profile and simultaneously provide an ethical, supporting organisation with an exciting marketing opportunity.
We now find ourselves poised to increase our capacity and improve infrastructure so that we can expand our work with minimal risk.
We’d like to focus on our work rather than create a top-heavy administration/fundraising department.
We’d like more freedom and funding to take on new projects that fit our profile and newly emerging threats to communities and ecosystems; such climate change and natural disaster risk reduction.
We may benefit from knowledge exchange within your organisation.
What we offer
We offer a variety of unique corporate social responsibility aware partnership opportunities, in line with the UN sustainability goals, with all the PR trimmings of an idyllic location supporting one of the world’s truly vulnerable indigenous communities.
We offer opportunities for your employees and audience to immerse themselves in conservation and social development in one of the most unique and high-profile, yet vulnerable countries in the world.
With our projects, you can enhance your social media presence and strengthen your corporate social responsibility. Our communications team are excellent writers who are equipped to work with your marketing and PR teams to fulfil your corporate social responsibility objectives, both motivating and engaging your team and audience.
We can offer employee incentive visits to our field base in the stunning Bay of Ranobe, Southwest Madagascar.
Sponsor and assist in the build of your own community-improvement project (e.g., new wells, medical centre, school facilities).
Our causes and solutions are so diverse that your employees and audience will be keen to get involved. Together we help to conserve biodiversity, protect habitats, and transform the lives of the impoverished communities of Madagascar.
Current project portfolio
Marine research & climate change monitoring (UNDP Goal 13 & 14)
Coral reefs & seagrass habitat protection (UNDP Goal 14)
Coral reef habitat restoration (UNDP Goal 14)
Turtle conservation (UNDP Goal 14)
Fisheries monitoring & management (UNDP Goal 4 & 14)
Sustainable charcoal initiative to reduce deforestation (UNDP Goal 13 & 15)
Community-led aquaculture projects (UNDP Goal 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 11, 14 & 17)
Mangrove replanting (UNDP Goal 5, 13, 14 & 15)
Improve the education of local adults (UNDP Goal 4 & 5)
Professional development for young adults (UNDP Goal 4, 5 & 8)
Community infrastructure and facilities improvement (UNDP Goal 5, 9 & 11)
Health & hygiene education (UNDP Goal 3)
Women’s groups, social and sporting events in local communities to improve quality of life (UNDP Goal 3 & 5)
Future projects seeking sponsorship
Disaster relief and management (UNDP Goal 13)
Clean water and sanitation (UNDP Goal 6)
Please get in touch with our UK-based director Roderick Stein-Rostaing if you’d like to find out more about our CSR opportunities including audience reach, corporate benefits, and costs. We would be more than happy to tailor a corporate sponsorship package to your target audience.