The resource centre comprises
The centre is open :
Membership and services available :
A library and documentary centre :
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We are a member of Ritimo, a network of documentary resource centres recognised by the Ministry of Education, which comprises fifty centres in France devoted to issues concerning development and international solidarity. We also belong to the SUDOC network. This is the network of university documentary centres.
Cosi’s documentary base consists of 4000 items covering two main areas of interest :
The resource centre is computer based and managed by a trained information manager who receives students and researchers. Cosi’s resources are available via the Reseau France Afrique (the France Central Africa network)
Amongst the items of particular interest are :
An information, educational development and lobbying facility :
Cosi with its partners aims to :
Reaching the public, Cosi takes part in major events such as the Week of International Solidarity in November. Cosi prepares articles, gives interviews, takes part in radio programmes and national lobbying campaigns.
For the specialist audience, Cosi takes part in conferences and colloquia arranged, for example, by leading political institutions and the French National Library.
Cosi also organises its own conferences, working with universities, libraries and museums, the Lyon Bar Association and other NGOs
Training and expert advice :
Cosi’s training is chiefly intended for those working with immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees coming from sub Saharan Africa, including :
The overall purpose of the training is allow the trainees to understand better the situation in the countries from which the migrants are coming ; and through their improved awareness to improve their handling of these populations and to be more effective in their treatment of :
Here are some examples of training modules that Cosi offers :
Module 1 : Politics and geography of Central Africa, with special emphasis on recent developments.
Module 3 : Study of a particular country or aspect.
Module 4 : An anthropological approach to the African demand for asylum.
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