The Civil Society Coalition on Oil and Gas (CSCO) is a loose network of 60-member organizations working towards sustainable governance of Uganda’s oil and gas resources so as to maximize the benefits to the people of Uganda. The Coalition was founded in 2008 to nurture and harness a shared civil society platform for promoting and strengthening civil society coordination, networking and advocacy in the Oil and Gas sub-sector. The coalition’s operations are overseen by a Steering Committee which is elected from its membership. Presently, CSCO is hosted by the Advocates Coalition on Development and Environment (ACODE).
Over the years, CSCO has contributed greatly to developments in the Oil and Gas sub-sector in Uganda. The Coalition has significantly contributed to government’s effort in creating conducive policy, legal and institutional framework necessary for good governance of Uganda’s Oil and Gas resources. CSCO also works with other stakeholders including international Oil and Gas companies operating in Uganda (JVPs) to improve governance of the sector. Through monitoring compliance of operations, CSCO partnership with Oil companies continues to ensure that exploration and development of Oil and Gas resources are undertaken in A sustainable and environment-friendly manner. CSCO has also advocates for transparency and accountability in generation and utilization of oil revenues. It also works with communities, government and the private sector to mitigate socio-economic issues arising from Oil and Gas exploration and development.