|I am Bashir Twesigye, the Executive Director of Civic Response for Environment and Development (CRED) and I am honored to be the current chairperson of the CSCO Steering Committee. As chairperson, I am committed to growing the coalition and building on our past and ongoing efforts to enhance the relevancy, reach and impact of the Coalition.|
In doing our work and other engagements in the sector, the coalition uses the Evidence-based advocacy approach. This entails conducting cutting-edge research and analysis, and undertaking environmental and social monitoring exercises to inform the coalition’s advocacy and outreach. A number of studies and monitoring reports undertaken by CSCO are in the publication tab of the website. CSCO also convenes and facilitates dialogues amongst its members, other actors and members of the public to widen information sharing on developments in the Oil and Gas sector as well as build the capacity of the coalition members and other stakeholders in the sector.
As chairperson, I would like to re-echo the coalitions’ commitment towards ensuring that Uganda’s oil and gas resources are exploited sustainably, equitably and with utmost inclusivity to the benefit of every Ugandan. As the country looks at commencing commercial oil production in a few years, CSCO will continue to make use of its Comparative advantage, i.e. the convening power of civil society actors in the sector, to amplify the voice of Ugandans impacted by oil and gas developments and demand for good governance in the oil and gas sector.
In view of the evolving civic space for NGOs in the country and impact of COVID 19 pandemic, there is need for CSOs to work in a concerted manner, and CSCO offers that to NGOs working on Extractives. The transition from the exploration to production phase of the oil and gas value chain, capacity building for members and other CSOs is a key priority to CSCO. The coalition also continues to do national level coordination of civil society efforts in the sector to mitigate cases of duplication of efforts by CSOs, and/or “over engagement” in certain areas to the detriment of other affected areas.
Going forward, CSCO will continue nurturing partnerships and constructive relationships with Development Partners, government and oil companies as a critical embodiment of our work culture.
Thank you for supporting CSCO as we pursue sustainable, inclusive and equitable oil and gas developments in Uganda.
Mr. Bashir Twesigye
Chairperson – CSCO