EOSOCC is actively engaged in facilitating CSO participation in efforts to promote peace, security and stability in Africa, allowing African CSOs to leverage the provided platform to lead impactful initiatives within their communities to supplement national, regional, and continental endeavors.
From 1-3 November 2022, ECOSOCC, in collaboration with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), convened a forum for Civil Society Organisations (CSO) dialogue, knowledge sharing, and capacity building with experts on peace, security, and stability, with a focus on cross-cutting issues such as gender, youth, and the protection of children, indigenous, migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and other vulnerable groups in conflict situations.
The 3-day Forum, brought together African CSOs active in the field of peace and security as the primary participant group. Also attending the forum were members of ECOSOCC’s General Assembly.
ECOSOCC's initiative to strengthen CSOs’ capacity in this thematic area was guided by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) Protocol, as well as the Livingstone Formula and the Maseru Conclusions, all of which are important components of the African Union.
The Livingstone Formula and Maseru Frameworks, emphasize the importance of strengthening CSOs' ability to contribute to peace, security, and stability through conflict prevention, management, resolution, mediation, peacekeeping, and post-conflict reconstruction and development effectively encouraging CSOs to actively participate in the operationalization of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA).