Call For Ideas

International Communities Organisation (ICO) invites researchers, professionals and students working in, peace & conflict, human rights, development studies or any other relevant subject to share their abstracts or concept notes regarding research and field work in Cameroon.


The impact investment arm of International Communities Organisation. We use our expertise in financial analysis and impact measuring to fund investment projects backed by research, local communities and key stakeholders, that will help achieve stability and thus reduce the likelihood of conflict.

ICO Research Centre

Our network of academic consultants, human rights practitioners, community leaders and activists produce innovative insights on achieving the right to self-determination supported by our independent research institute.

Our Norms

ICO engages states and civil society to give people access to the rights set out in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)

Our Commitment to SDGs

ICO’s activities promote peaceful and inclusive societies so that can sustainably develop, This requires justice for all and effective, accountable institutions at all levels. ICO additionally aims to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. For these reasons we pursue the achievement of SDG 11 and 16.

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ICO engages with groups, civil society and states through five key streams of activity, 1. Research & Knowledge sharing, 2. Facilitating Dialogue, 3. Policy advocacy 4. Supporting Capacity Building initiatives and 5. Enabling private sector solutions in the aim to achieve a more peace and inclusive world.

ICO works to give people who believe they do not have the opportunity to express their cultural rights, political and economic rights, a platform to express their self-determination claims peacefully.

ICO seeks to empower communities, by giving them tools so that they may autonomously develop their ideas and use peaceful channels to set out their demands. We hope this will create an environment of cross-cultural cooperation and respect.

ICO is composed of automatic members and associate members. Automatic members are countries that have signed and ratified the ICESCR and the ICCPR. Contact us and become part of the ICO as an individual member or organisation!

“ICO abides by the principle of self-determination and non-violent means to achieve social change to reduce the occur of conflict across the world”

Message from the ICO Secretary General

Intra-state conflict has seen a resurgence since the end of the Cold war, leading to the deaths of over 25 million people globally and the displacement of many more. Internal conflicts have catastrophic consequences socially, culturally, economically and environmentally. The reasons behind these conflicts are even more complex than their impact. Research in the field of Peace & Conflict demonstrate however that by offering resources and peaceful channels, negotiation, mediation, advocacy can lead to compromises that diminish the recourse to violence. ICO aims to give a platform to aggrieved parties, inspiring communities to take charge of their own futures and empowering them to do so peacefully. By representing oppressed minorities, those who feel their country has failed to represent them, we hope their voices can lead to change. Together, international organisations, national governments, civil society organisations and ordinary people alike, we reduce the devasting impact of conflict for the sake of future generations.

James Holmes, ICO Secretary General

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