Aerial coastlineDespite being so isolated, the future and fate of the Lake Tanganyika Basin could not be more connected to the rest of the world. Rich in natural resources, like oil and minerals, and a place of enormous environmental importance because it contains one fifth of the world’s fresh water, the lake exists at the nexus of several global struggles and is increasingly attracting the attention of outside interests ranging from multi-national energy and mining corporations to global powers. The lake region is home to millions of indigenous and displaced poor, spread across four countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Burundi and Zambia.

Recognizing the complexity of the region, the organization has mobilized itself to engage on policy, legislation and technologies that promote effective development, transparency and ensure the safety of Lake Tanganyika’s populations. We have begun to produce white papers and articles that highlight key issues, provide objective analysis, and name specific opportunities and risks that decision makers should know about. Earlier this year, we released “From Curse to Cure: A Special Report on the Impact of Energy Exploration & Production in the Lake Tanganyika Basin” to expose the vulnerability of the Lake Tanganyika watershed and ensure it is properly protected—as the ecological health of the lake is inextricably tied to the health of the people living along its shores. Download the paper here >>

We are bringing new ways of working, new thinking and new energy to one of the most neglected, yet important places on Earth. Watch footage of our efforts here >>


Latest News

  • Video Blog from the Field: Family Planning Outreach

    We have recently completed phase one of a comprehensive family planning project in Rukwa, Tanzania, funded by Hivos International. Watch our short video clip to learn more about these activities, which impacted over 90,000 people:

    The LTFHC/WAVE is committed to addressing high birthrate in the Lake Tanganyika Basin through accessible contraception, not only as a means of empowering local women, but also to save lives and prevent disease. To read more about the activities and outcomes of this project, please visit our website. We are proud of the tremendous impact we have been able to achieve using limited resources and look forward to expanding this program to other regions in Tanzania next year.

    Special thanks to DKT Tanzania and Femina HIP for their support and participation in this project.


Experiencing Lake Tanganyika

Complexity of the region

Complexity of the region

Water-based concept

Water-based concept

Using the Lake as the highway

Using the Lake as the highway