The Coalition of Pastoralist Civil Society Organizations (COPACSO) was formed in 2005 as a loose coalition of civil society organizations working for the advancement of pastoralists in Uganda. It currently has over 20 member organizations spread across the cattle corridor of Uganda i.e. Basongora Group for Justice and Human Rights, Bundibugyo NGO Forum, Dynamic Agro Pastoralist Development Organization (DADO), Dodoth Community Animal Health Workers Association (DOCAHWA), Greater North Parliamentary Forum (GNPF), Jie Community Animal Health Workers Association (JICAHWA), Karamoja Agro Pastoral Development Programme (KADP), Kotido Peace Initiative (KOPEIN), Matheniko Development Forum (MADEFO), Mbarara Development Agency, Minority Rights Group International (MRG), Nakasongola Pastoralist Association (NPA), Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa (PENHA), Pastoralist Women Alliance on Breaking Cultural Chains (PWABC), RiamiRiam Civil Society Network, Uganda Land Alliance and Warrior Squad Foundation(WSF).
Vision: “To contribute to the sustainable development of pastoralists in Uganda”
Mission: “Promote pastoralism through advocacy, networking, research and capacity building with stakeholders at the local, national, regional and international levels.”
Thematic focus areas: Policy lobby and advocacy, Institutional Development, Networking and Partnership
Core Values: Honesty, Unity, 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 points of view; and Giving voice to the marginalised and vulnerable pastoral communities.
Partnerships and Networks: COPACSO is now widely recognized as a credible umbrella organisation that is a representative of the voiceless pastoralist communities and its members. COPACSO has actively participated in policy influencing processes at local, national, regional and international levels like the draft Rangeland Management and Pastoralism Policy, the East Africa Livestock Policy, the draft IGAD Transhumance Protocol and the implementation framework of the African Union Policy Framework for Pastoralism in Africa. COPACSO partners with regional and international networks and institutions like the East Africa Community, the African Union, and Coalition of European Lobbies for Eastern Africa Pastoralism, the Pastoralism Knowledge Hub of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Alliance of Mobile and Indigenous Peoples.