Zambia is a host country to 41 407 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Almost 21 thousand refugees arrived since January 2017, marked as the starting point the latest influx of refugees to Zambia, with monthly new arrivals peaking in October and December 2017 (UNHCR, Operational Portal, June 2018). Majority of the new arrivals from January 2017 entered Zambia through Luapula and Northern provinces, being hosted in Luapula province, where new Mantapala refugee settlement was established to accommodate the new influx of the refugees being on spotlight of the emergency response to DRC refugees in Zambia.
UNHCR with GRZ and its partners launched Zambian Chapter of Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) in May 2018 pledging for 74,2 million USD to jointly respond to the humanitarian crises of the Congolese refugees and their host communities in Zambia. Currently there is only 12,3 million USD funded leaving a gap of 61,9 million USD.
People in Need (PIN) has been monitoring the refugee situation since its country office opened in September 2017 and decided to conduct an assessment in Mantapala refugee settlement focusing on agriculture, natural resource management and alternative energy sources, to raise funding as appealed in the Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP).
This report summarizes findings and recommendations based on PIN´s field visit to Mantapala refugee settlement and key informant interviews conducted with the stakeholders in Nchelenge district in July 2018.
The purpose of the assessment was to familiarize with the Mantapala refugee settlement and Nchelenge context and identify gaps for possible PIN´s intervention and support to the DRC refugee response, building on the information already available through the assessments conducted in Mantapala by UNHCR and various partners. Based on this assessment, PIN will further develop the key areas of the intervention and plan for further fundraising efforts.