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KOSA – Koordination Suedliches Afrika e.V.

Co-ordination Southern Africa

August-Bebel-Str. 62
33602 Bielefeld
Germany

Phone No.: +49 (0)521-9864851
Fax No.: +49 (0)521-63789
E-mail adress:kosa@kosa.org
Internet:http://www.kosa.org
Contact person: Dieter Simon

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The registered association KOSA (co-ordination for Southern Africa) is a nation-wide affiliation of presently 13 organizations and groups as well as 160 individuals involved in development policy, working locally but also across the country on Southern Africa. Since the end of August 2001, KOSA has also been the successor to the association "Afrika-Süd Aktionsbündnis" (AAB) [alliance for action on Southern Africa], the for-mer anti-apartheid movement. Since 1995, KOSA is based at the registered association Welthaus Bielefeld where it carries out its coordination and office work.

Aims and Objectives:
The aim of KOSA is to critically follow the multiple political relations between the Federal Republic of Germany and the EU respectively and the countries of Southern Africa and, if possible, to exercise an influence on their future development in the interest of the disadvantaged people in Southern Africa. To this end, KOSA has set itself the following tasks:

- Encouragement of an intensive exchange of information between member groups by means of regular meetings and a circular letter
- Interchange with solidarity groups and organizations on a national and European level as well as co-ordination and planning of joint actions; interchange with partner organizations in Southern Africa
- Management of a pool of resources
- Educational work and public relations through: joint seminars and campaigns, visitor programs, publication of specialized literature and materials
- advocacy work and lobbying

Over the last years, KOSA has focused on the economic relations between the region of Southern Africa and the European Union. For two years now, KOSA has been actively involved in the "International Apartheid Debt and Reparations Campaign in Southern Africa" as well as topics like "water and privatisation" and HIV/AIDS are given priority. The present focus is on the planned "Economic Partnership Agreements" between the EU and ACP-Countries with special attention on implications on Southern African.

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