Establishment of the Zambia National Civil Society Forum

On 9 November 2015, the Regional Civil Society Forum established the National Civil Society Forum of Zambia. In order to ensure that the Civil Society Organisations effectively contribute to the regional stability, peace and development by engaging with the national and grassroots issues, ACCORD, GPPAC and NPI-A jointly embarked on a programme to create National Civil Society Forum in each of the Member State of the ICGLR. These fora provide a structure to facilitate national and regional dialogue and learning and jointly contribute to a stronger regional framework for peace.  To this end, series of national events to build and operationalise national forums have been held and facilitated. It is on this basis that a meeting was held in Lusaka, Zambia.  

The Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region (signed by the Heads of State and Government of Member states of ICLGR November 2004), underscores the need for the creation of Civil Society Structures in Member States of the ICGLR. It is recognised that Civil Society have an important role to play in the promotion and maintenance of Peace, Stability and Development. Zambia is the 7th country where the National Civil Society Forum is created.
 
This meeting brought together Civil Society Organisations in Zambia as well as the Guest of Honor Dr. Mulenga Chileshe, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, General Solomon Mumbi, National Coordinator, Mzee Butiku, The Regional Chairperson of the ICGLR, and Dr.Patrick Kanyangara, ACCORD.  Mr. Borniface Chembe (Executive Director Southern Africa Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes)  was elected as Chairperson of the ICGLR National Civil Society Forum.