The Central Africa Conflict Prevention Association (CACOPA) was started by five of Congolese students while completing their Master Degree in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban in 2006. The creation of this association was a way for them to contribute to the search for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in the Great Lakes Region in general. The Democratic Republic of Congo has experienced and is still experiencing violent conflict, particularly in the eastern part. In 2008 CACOPA organized the first Conflict Transformation and Alternative to Violent Project workshop for civil society members in Katanga Province and after that they moved into eastern part of the country where violent conflict is seen by many as daily activities. There is a big need to promote the culture of peace and this is what CACOPA is doing through gathering, conferences and trainings.
Mr Nixon Kasimu Yuma
14, Avenue Ndalaga
Goma North Kivu
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the