It takes a special skill to be able to mediate between companies and communities. In 2008 we noticed a shortage of people with this ability, so we decided to train them ourselves. The Centre of Social Excellence (CSE) was born. We started out in Congo-Brazzaville, later moving to Cameroon.
Since then we have trained more than 70 graduate-level students from across Africa, who have each undertaken four months of intensive classroom study and a five-month work placement at companies giving them real-life scenarios to handle. Many ex-students are now working in such companies, helping businesses and communities find a balance between conservation and development.
We have also trained many working professionals through our shorter courses, whose employers recognise the opportunity to build knowledge in subjects ranging from anthropology to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).
Today we operate CSEs in Cameroon and Indonesia. We started in Indonesia in 2015 and we look forward to sharing content about CSE Indonesia soon. In the meantime, the video below, made in 2014, gives insight into our work at CSE Africa.