COPACSO was formed in 2005 as a coalition of pastoralist civil society organizations working across the cattle corridor, right from the South- Western part of Uganda, through the Central, to the North Eastern tip of the country.

It was formed 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 and the right of pastoralists to benefit from national and local resources.

COPACSO is constituted by over 20 NGOs/CSOs (both local and international) working on pastoralism and agro-pastoralism in Uganda. Its action priorities include; policy analysis and research, information sharing and communication, advocacy and networking, and organisational development.

COPACSO Goal: To achieve national policy and local practices that enhance capabilities and improve the welfare of pastoralists in Uganda.

Mission: To enable members share experiences and capabilities in order to strengthen pastoral advocacy

Strategic Values and Principles:

  • Honesty
  • Democratic Governance
  • Accountability and Transparency
  • Gender Equality
  • Supporting participation of pastoralists to represent themselves
  • Non-discrimination based on gender, ethnicity and cultural practices
  • Nurturing the spirit of voluntarism
  • Recognition and upholding of Pastoralism as a way of life
  • Recognition of the rights of pastoralists
  • Nurturing respect for different view points
  • Giving voice to the marginalized and vulnerable pastoral communities

Current programmes

  1. Engaging pastoralists and agro-pastoralist communities to influence the formulation of the Rangelands Management Policy for Uganda.
  2. Creating a vibrant and informed policy process on pastoralist and pastoralist issues in which representatives from pastoralist and agro-pastoralist areas play a central role
  3. Developing COPACSO into a strong and sustainable coalition able to champion pastoralist and agro-pastoralist concerns

For further information, please feel encouraged to contact:

Banjamin Mutambukah

Coordinator, COPACSO

+256701617019, benjamuta@gmail.com, copacso@ulaug.org