This Operations Update presents the progress on the implementation of the operation to date. This Operations Update is requesting a cost and time frame extension for two additional months (New end date: 31 May 2017) and an additional CHF175,000 from BRCS to enable the National society to finalised its planned cash transfer programming (CTP) for 1100+ households in Opuwo and Epupa constituencies. Appeal coverage at the time of writing is 44%, donors are encouraged to support the appeal to enable Namibia Red Cross Society provide assistance to the targeted beneficiaries through the planned activities as detailed in the Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA). CHF 100,137 was initially allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society to begin immediate operations.
This Emergency Appeal was launched on 30 September 2015 for CHF 950,205 to support the Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) to reach 3,200 households (11,500 individuals) through short and medium-term humanitarian interventions. Programmes were designed to be implemented over a seven-month period and sought to address immediate food security and water requirements through emergency assistance provision; long-term livelihoods support through community gardens development; sustainable water access through spring and borehole cleaning/creation; and hygiene promotion.
In July, the Government of Namibia declared drought an emergency. In an effort to complement government efforts, the National Society decided to extend the emergency Appeal to April 30, 2016. This allowed NRCS to continue lobbying for more resources to sustain the beneficiaries currently receiving support or more until end of lean season. The first appeal revision was done in September 2016 to cater for needed implementation time by the National Society. At the time of writing, the Appeal has an overall operational budget of CHF 1,351,937 and is 44% covered. As such, the operation has been able to only cater for 1,200 beneficiaries with emergency food assistance provision and 4,000 beneficiaries for the water points rehabilitation.
Since government declaration of drought emergency and a number of interventions implemented, the situation on the ground has not improved necessitating government to further prolong the intervention periods for another four (4) months from September-December 2016. This allowed NRCS to revisit its Appeal to lobby more resources. As a result, NRCS with the technical support of the IFRC revised the Appeal and relaunched in September 2016.
In December 2016, a request for a time and cost-extension was made to the BRCS for an extension of the pledge for CHF 175 000 to allow NRCS to complete planned activities and accepted. As such, this Operations Update extends the current operation by 2 months and notes a new budget of CHF 1,303,195. The rationale for the extension is as follows:
• Poor rainfall is likely to postpone harvesting until May 2017 impacting on domestic crop and pasture production
• A delayed and uneven pattern of rainfall forecast to be compounded by lower than average precipitation, reducing the replenishment of soil moisture content
• The cash transfer component is carried out in two remote rural constituencies with poor road and telecommunication infrastructure as well as mobile pastoralist populations
• Revision of the cash transfer value from NAD 450 to NAD 700 based on the minimum expenditure basket calculation for food and non-food items (and national inflation) conducted in November 2016
• Unforeseen commission costs for financial services provider to deliver cash on monthly basis
• Project support (vehicle fleet and driver; post-distribution monitoring and analysis)
• The onset of the rainy season brings with it an increased risk of water-borne diseases notably cholera. Exposure to behaviour change messages via posters, a short radio campaign and volunteer sensitization during cash transfer pay-outs will encourage good hygiene practices (5 key messages).
• The National M&E coordinator is expected to contribute 50% of their work time to the 1) baseline survey and beneficiary targeting process; 2) post-distribution, beneficiary satisfaction and market price monitoring; and 3) overall programmatic support to the national DRR coordinator.
• The logistical challenge of significant distances between regional office and targeted villages requires additional rental cars of 14 days per month to carry out cash supervision, beneficiary monitoring, stakeholder meetings and post distribution surveys.
• With 2 vehicles being routinely used, there also is a clear staffing gap. An experienced and locally recruited driver / logistician would provide much needed mobility and procurement support on the field.
• The planned recruitment of CTP officer would require a laptop to enable day-to-day work responsibilities and communication with NHQ, partners and other stakeholders.
• The IFRC Cash Transfer delegate is expected to extend for 15 working days to backstop the first cash transfer and financial reconciliation.
The IFRC, on behalf of NRCS, would like to thank the British Red Cross Society, Canadian Red Cross, Japanese Red Cross Society, Red Cross of Monaco, Spanish Red Cross Society and the Netherlands Red Cross for supporting the Appeal thus far. However, the Federation is appealing to all distinguished donors to support this EA in order to enable the NRCS to provide the much-needed support required by drought-affected communities. This is particularly important given the shifting realities on the ground and increasing needs of the affected population.