The Centre of Social Excellence (CSE)

is an initiative by TFT which builds the capacity to manage natural and social resources more responsibly. It provides training to companies, government, NGOs, graduates and community leaders, This makes them far better equipped to engage with stakeholders. These skills can be used to tackle the causes of potential conflict that land development can cause in local communities.

When any land is developed for a concession it is vital that all stakeholders are taken into consideration. Countries rich in natural resources often have those resources extracted at the expense of local communities living in these areas. These communities are not always warned, consulted, or compensated about the development of this land.

The skills CSE teaches can be used to promote and improve relations between local communities and companies working with all aspects of social management, including conflict resolution, Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and the rights of workers. The aim of CSE isn’t simply to prevent conflict, but to create better relationships to help prevent it. Doing so requires specific skills – being able to listen and communicate effectively with all stakeholders is vital.

The aim of CSE isn’t simply to prevent conflict, but to create better relationships to help
prevent it

CSE Africa

CSE Africa was first launched in 2009 in Congo-Brazzaville, then later moved to Cameroon.

CSE Indonesia

CSE Indonesia was launched in 2015, and aims to replicate the success of CSE Africa.