2. Coalition of Pastoral Civil Society Organization (COPACSO)
CBR is a member of the Coalition of Pastoralist Civil Society Organizations (COPACSO) which was established in 2005 as coalition of civil society organizations with interest in pastoralism issues working across the cattle corridor in Uganda. COPACSO provides a platform for interested organizations to engage in policy formulation and advocacy for recognition of pastoralism as a way of life and the right of pastoralists to benefit from local and national resources. Its’ goal is to achieve national policy and local practices that enhances capabilities and improves the welfare of pastoralists and its’ mission is to enable members share experiences and capabilities in order to strengthen pastoral advocacy. Between June 2007 and April 2009, CBR coordinated research on behalf of COPACSO to document the status of pastoralism across the cattle corridor districts as part of a regional initiative supported by Oxfam GB called ‘the Report on the Status of Pastoralism (RoSP). The RoSP report presented comprehensive quality country level information and research on pastoralism in a human-Development style intended to improve knowledge and analysis of pastoral issues as a way of positively influencing changes in policy making and practice in pastoral areas.
3. Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARN)
Since its inception in 2003, CBR has been the national research institute for the Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARN) of the member countries of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The main aim of the mechanism is to prevent violent conflicts across borders in the IGAD Region. The current pilot phase covers pastoral conflicts.
4. Uganda Participatory Poverty Assessment Research Project (UPPAP)
Between 1998 and 2004, CBR collaborated with other researchers and research institutions in the country to undertake Participatory Poverty Assessment (PPA) processes in different parts of the country under the Uganda Participatory Poverty Assessment Research Project (UPPAP) in the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MFPED). CBR has helped Ugandans to think more about issues of poverty and how policy can be made more responsive to the needs of the ordinary poor Ugandans. CBR piloted the Uganda Participatory Poverty Assessment and Environment Assessment Methodologies which were implemented by MFPED with support from the Department for International Development (DFID).
5. Arid Lands and Resource Management (ALARM) network for Research in Eastern Africa
Between 1995 and 2001, CBR hosted Arid Lands and Resource Management (ALARM) network which was supported by IDRC, Nairobi. ALARM brought together researchers from Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda working on pastoral resources and environmental management issues in these countries. The research results have been published at CBR as ALARM Working papers.
6. Network for Ugandan Researchers and Research User (NURRU)
In October 1994, a Network of Ugandan Researchers and Research Users (NURRU) was formed by 24 Ugandan institutions involved in research related activities. Centre for Basic Research was elected to host the NURRU Secretariat until 1999 when it acquired its own premises in Lower Kyambogo Estates. The NURRU research programme was funded by the Government of the Netherlands.
7. Gender and Work in Eastern and Southern Africa (GWESA)
Between 1997 and 2002, CBR hosted the network on ‘Gender and Work in Eastern and Southern Africa (GWESA)’, whose primary objective was to promote research on the little researched area of gender and work processes in four countries of Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Uganda. The research results were published as CBR GWESA working papers.
8. Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAP) and Worker’s Health
Between 1999 and 2002, CBR has been hosting a continental network on “Structural Adjustment Programmes and Workers’ Health” funded by the IDRC and included participating research teams from Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Nigeria. This network brought together researchers working on issues of workers’ health in the post-SAP period.