LWF Kenya/Sudan Programme Monthly Report Jan 2002

Report
from Lutheran World Federation
Published on 31 Jan 2002
General Situation
Drs. John Garang and Riek Machar signed a peace agreement between SPLM/A and SPDF on 6th January 2002 in Nairobi, apparently ending the bitter and costly division which had endured since the 1991 split. Negotiations had been ongoing for some time.

In a joint initiative with the USA, the Swiss government hosted GoS and SPLM/A for negotiations in which a limited-term, but renewable, internationally-supervised cease fire in the Nuba Mountains was agreed. Both sides agreed to cease hostilities within 72 hours (by 22nd) in the disputed Nuba mountains in south central Sudan.

Programme Activities

Sudan

Preparation of the year end report for submission to CEAS/CAFOD is underway and will be submitted in February.

The rains have subsided and it is now possible to access the other side of the river although much work has to be done to improve the road from Yirol (10kms) to the river Payei.

Work plans for the first quarter's work in Yirol county have been worked on by staff in regard to the training and extension work in peace and capacity building. This will be consolidated as and when funds are received. Since the approval of this project under the SoN (statement of needs) we are pleased to report the receipt of some funds from our related agencies/partners (including ELCA. ELCI) and discussions are ongoing with others in anticipation of their support (including EZE/EED, FCA).

The NSCC Round table (28th-30th Jan) in Nairobi was attended by Programme Coordinator and Country Director, and it provided a good opportunity to discuss consolidation of the peace process (People to People Peace Process) in south Sudan, amongst other issues (eg. NSCC programme reports, Sudan Focal Points, etc.), and to see more clearly how the various organisations complement and relate to each other, in particular within the overall umbrella of the post Wunlit Peace Agreement in 1999.

Turkana

The year end report for donors and partners has been submitted to Nairobi and is being reviewed by the Programme Office before onward submission in early February.

Due to pipeline and new year re-organization on the part of WFP, WV and GoK, food distribution for January 2002 did not take place. This will be conducted mid-end of February 2002.

A Food Aid Committee (involving major actors in food distribution) has been established in Turkana. The members held 4 meetings during the month to review EMOP 2001 operations and recommendations forwarded by WFP in December 2001, as well as to plan for the implementation of the EMOP in 2002.

The project pursued plans for implementation of Oropoi Water Project with visits and discussions with community representatives and members. The Country Director and the newly appointed Programme Coordinator participated in the visit of the proposed project sites (some 100kms south west of Kakuma camp close to the Uganda border). Interviews for the position of Water Technician for this project were conducted during the month.

The general weather and vegetative conditions deteriorated as a result of dry spells. The household food security situation remains unstable and in need of continued support. A nutrition and health survey to assess malnutrition levels is being planned for mid-end of February 2002.

Kakuma

We wish to acknowledge the support from our partners during 2001, in particular, UNHCR, LWR/BPRM, DanchurchAid, Diakonisches Werke, FinnchurchAid, ELCA and other ACT partners. Finalization of year end reports is ongoing, and we have already signed the 2002 sub agreement with UNHCR and received the first quarterly instalment. The LWR/BPRM agreement should be signed in mid February. The 2002 Act Appeal for Kakuma (AFKE-21) was issued on 8th January, 2002.

Preparation discussions with players in the camp is ongoing ahead of a 3 day Strategic Planning meeting led by UNHCR in Nairobi (13-15 Feb.).

Indications are that the food pipeline for the camp is not healthy, with certain items, including CSB in short supply, and no clear indication from WFP if the situation will improve. Already in January the distribution was only 1200 Kcal (around half of the minimum standards/requirements). UNHCR is taking this up with WFP urgently.

A planned card revalidation exercise is planned for February, during which current numbers of refugees in the camp will be established. Work will begin 1st Feb and is expected to be completed by 15th Feb.

Administration

Reviewed the organisational structure within the Nairobi office, following the appointment of the new position of Programme Coordinator (Peter Mutoredzanwa). There are now 2 main units - Programme (incorporating logistics) and Finance/Admin (encompassing personnel). A visit by the country director and programme coordinator to Kakuma and Turkana projects was made (22nd - 26th Jan). This provided an opportunity for the new position and its roles and responsibilities to be explained to all staff in both projects. Ongoing introductory work and meetings is continuing in Nairobi and a trip to Sudan in February is planned for same purpose.

The 2001 Annual Report is being drafted and should be in final draft form by mid February.

The programme has decided to produce a quarterly newsletter to share with partners, donors, others connected with our work. You will receive a copy in due course.

In addition the LWF/DWS global 'newsletter' is being revived - being edited and produced from the Nairobi office (bimonthly basis) and I will shortly be contacting the various DWS field programmes for inputs, especially a 'title' for the first edition which is due out in March/April.

Our Finance Office hosted incoming Regional Finance Manager (for southern Africa), Patrick Borge, who had a 2 week briefing in Nairobi on various finance, admin. and programme matters before flying onto Zimbabwe in early Feb.

Visitors to the Programme

A 15 person delegation from ELCA (led by Ms. Addie Butler, ELCA Vice President & Chair of the ELCA Church Council) visited the region for a 10 day period in mid January. Bobby Waddell (BW) was able to spend a full morning with the team on 18th January in Nairobi, which included a visual presentation by BW of the ongoing LWF/DWS work in Kenya and Sudan. We are very grateful to ELCA for their continued support to this programme, further emphasised by their generous donation to our current activities in Sudan in peace and capacity building.

Mr. Gunther Augustini, (EED - Church Development Service from Germany), also participating in the NSCC Round Table, visited our offices in Nairobi (31st Jan.), where we discussed opportunities of partnership for the new peace and capacity building proposal in south Sudan.

Mr. Stein Villumstad, incoming Regional Representative for NCA, visited our offices in Nairobi as an introductory visit with the outgoing Representative, Gaim Kebreab.

Personnel

Graham Davison went to Geneva from 27th January to participate in a 4 week course - the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA).

Peter Mutoredzanwa, formerly Project Coordinator in Sudan, has been appointed as Programme Coordinator, based in Nairobi, as of 1st January 2002.