An Inter-Agency Real-Time Evaluation (IA-RTE) will be conducted in Mozambique in the last week of March, at the recommendation of the Regional Director's Team members of RIACSO, the regional IASC forum, with strong support from the IASC Humanitarian Country Team. The evaluation will be conducted over a period of three to four weeks by a team of four people, including two national consultants. The primary objective of the IA-RTE is twofold:
(1) to assess the overall appropriateness, coherence, timeliness and effectiveness of the response, in the context of humanitarian reform, and
(2) to provide real-time feedback to support senior management decision-making and to facilitate planning and implementation.
The time period to be covered by the evaluation is February - April 2007. The IA-RTE will look at pre-emergency issues such as contingency planning and preparedness and how these affected the response, as well as assessing real-time response issues with a focus on the broader humanitarian response provided by both national and international actors as well as the involvement and perspectives of the affected population.
The national Vulnerability Assessment Committee (VAC) under the Technical Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition, together with other partners, is planning a rapid food security assessment in flood, cyclone and drought affected areas. The Terms of Reference and data collection tools for the assessment are currently being finalised and the data collection is planned to commence on 10 April, with training in the use of tools being conducted from 2-9 April.
On 13 March, an earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale occurred in Barue, Manica province. The effects of the earthquake wounded six people but no other damage was reported.
1)Tropical Cyclone Favio
The Government in Vilanculos officially declared an end to the immediate humanitarian response phase in cyclone affected areas on 10 March. With the transition to the rehabilitation phase, focus is now being placed on the development of strategies and action plans for the rehabilitation of infrastructure and essential services damaged or destroyed by the cyclone.
Following the distribution of all UNICEF non-food items and in light of the transition to the rehabilitation phase, UNICEF is now focusing on the provision of technical support to the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) and the local authorities through participation in Working Groups established to support the rehabilitation phase of the response. All Working Groups have been tasked with developing strategies and costed plans of action for the rehabilitation phase.