The Coalition of Pastoralist Civil Society Organisations (COPACSO) was formed in 2005 as a loose coalition of civil society organizations working for the advancement of pastoralists in Uganda. It provides a platform for member organizations to engage in policy formulation and advocacy for recognition of pastoralism and the right of pastoralists to benefit from national and local resources. The goal of the coalition is to achieve national policy and local practices that enhance capabilities and improve the welfare of pastoralists.
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COPACSO is constituted by over 20 NGOs/CSOs (Both local and International) working on pastoralism and agro-pastoralism in Uganda. Her action priorities include; Policy analysis and Research, Information sharing and Communication, Advocacy and Networking, and Organisational Development.
On 11th March 2015 at the Grand Imperial Hotel, Kampala. COPACSO launched a handbook produced with the funding support of CordAid for journalists and other media practitioners as a quick reference guide on pastoralism.
It provides summarized yet critical information intended to enable quicker understanding about pastoralism, especially for those involved in dissemination information through the mass media. It provides information that the media may use to influence perceptions, policies and practices on pastoralism among policy makers and the general public.
From the 27th to the 30th January 2015, COPACSO trained its members from across the cattle corridor on pastoralism, policy and advocacy strategies.
It is hoped that the participating member organizations will use the knowledge and skills gained to inform and influence local, national and regional policies to improve pastoral livelihoods focusing on issues of access to and control of natural resources, livestock health, trade and regional integration.
Coalition of Pastoralist Civil Society Organizations
(COPACSO) is a membership organization that seeks to provide a platform for
civil society organizations to engage with policy formulation and advocacy for
the recognition of pastoralism as a way of life.
With the funding support of CordAid, COPACSO held it's Annual General Meeting for 2013 on the 20th November 2014.