On December 15, 2006 in Nairobi, eleven Heads of States signed the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region. The pact was based on ten other regional protocols including the fight against illegal exploitation of natural resources.

On December 15, 2010 in Lusaka, at the Special Summit on the Fight against Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources, the heads of states of the Great Lakes Region signed a statement in which they committed to make the protocol operational. They approved six tools developed by ICGLR namely: the regional certification mechanism, the harmonization of national legislations, the regional data base on minerals flow, the formalization of artisanal mining sector, the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) and a Whistle-Blowing Mechanism.

The process to implement the Regional Initiative against Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources (RINR) invites ICGLR member states and civil society organisations (CSO) to participate as stakeholders in implementing these tools. An open question was how CSOs can participate at this process.

On 18 August 2011, CSOs from Burundi, Uganda, the DRC and Rwanda have decided to address this lack and gathered in Bujumbura committed to fight against the illegal exploitation of natural resources. They committed to take ownership of the six tools developed by ICGLR, to ensure outreach and dissemination in their respective countries and to fight against all forms of illegal exploitation and illicit trade of natural resources as illegal practices including fraud, smuggling, the criminal networks and corruption.

This commitment signed by representatives from these four countries led to the creation of the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations in the African Great Lakes Region against the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources, COSOC-GL.

Presentation »

The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations in the Great Lakes Region (COSOC-GL) is a regional, independent, non-profit, non-political and non-religious organization. OBJECTIVES A transparent and responsible management ..more info »

Structure »

  COSOC/GL components are: The Plenary Assembly The Steering Committee The Oversight committee The National Platforms ..more info »

Steering committee »

The steering committee is chaired by the head of the coalition and includes the focal points from the repective countries. The President and Rwanda focal ..more info »

Audit commitee »

The Audit Committee is the component that is tasked with monitoring over and auditing the administrative, financial and management of the coalition. The Chairman: Magara SIGARA, ..more info »

Executive Secretariat »

The Regional Permanent Secretariat is the implementing organ of COSOC-GL and the technical tool of the Steering Committee ..more info »

Member organisations »

Membership »

COSOC-GL is composed of civil society organizations working together against the illegal exploitation of natural resources in the African Great Lakes Region. COSOC-GL remains open to ..more info »

Our Donors »

COSO-GL acknowledges the various Partners for their financial and technical supports, from its creation up to date

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