Coalition of Pastoralist Civil Society Organisations

The Coalition of Pastoralist Civil Society Organisations (COPACSO) was formed in 2005 as a loose coalition of civil society organisations 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.

It currently has over 20 member organisations spread across the cattle corridor. It is also a partner of the Coalition of European Lobbies for Eastern African Pastoralism (CELEP) and the World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous Peoples (WAMIP). Today, COPACSO is chaired by Mr. Edmond Malilo Owor, who is also the Executive Director of the Uganda Land Alliance (ULA).

The Coalition elevated the profile of pastoralists by holding the inaugural Uganda Pastoralist Week (UPW) in 2006. Since then, similar events have been held in 2008, 2009 and 2011 with support from development partners. These have increased the visibility of pastoralists.

COPACSO has been an active member of the process of developing the Uganda Rangeland Management and Pastoralism Policy. Apart from conducting technical reviews of the draft policy and the Uganda Pastoralism Code, it has funded and directly participated in conducting community consultations on the policy in Apac, Buliisa, Kaabong, Kiboga, Kotido and Moroto districts.

COPACSO has been active in other engagements like the development of Uganda's Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) paper and contributed to the development of implementation strategies for the African Union Policy Framework on Pastoralism.

Another key engagement will be to work towards building a bigger regional voice on pastoralism so that the benefits accruing out of regional cooperation like the East African Common Market improve access to better markets for pastoral products. To this extent,  the first ever Eastern African Regional Pastoralism Symposium was held in May 2013 with participants from over 10 countries in the East, Horn and West Africa participating. 

For more information, write to

COPACSO Secretariat

Coalition of Pastoralist Civil Society Organisations(COPACSO)
Plot 1521, Block 29, Mawanda Road
P.O Box 26990 Kampala Uganda
Tel: +256-414-697-137