Programme Purpose: To strengthen Zambia Red Cross Society (ZRCS) capacity to enable scaling-up of activities and outreach through health and care, disaster preparedness, response and risk reduction, capacity development, enhanced by efficient coordination, cooperation and strategic partnerships at all levels.
Programme(s) summary: The 2007-2008 programme was developed based on recommendations and lessons learnt from an organizational audit, plus a management and programme evaluation conducted in 2007, with support of the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC). At the same time, ZRCS ensured that the components of the programme were aligned to the IFRC Global Agenda's Goals, ARCHI 2010, and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The programme is also the core operational plan of its long-term strategic plan, which is driven by the national community development strategies.
ZRCS excelled in implementing its planned activities despite the inadequate funding support to the programmes. The health and care component affected by challenges in funding and human resource capacity will consequently scale-down from eight to two operational districts in 2009. The disaster management long-term initiatives focused on concluding the disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities supported by DFID through the British Red Cross. ZRCS also concluded the partnership with the Government and UNHCR project in the Mwange refugee camp. Voluntary repatriation, which started in May 2007, continued through 2008 until December when the project was handed over to another implementing partner. At the same time, ZRCS spent considerable time and resources responding to the localised flooding by providing relief to the displaced families (1.5 million in 2007 and 496,000 people in 2008). ZRCS was wellprepared to respond to the emergencies by having contingency plans on cholera and the anticipated sociopolitical unrest during the October 2008 presidential by-elections.
In order to enhance organisational capacity particularly at branch level, the IFRC deployed an OD delegate to support policy review and development, facilitate the development of a training curriculum for branch leaders, training of ZRCS OD team, establish a monitoring system for branch activities and enhance programme integration.
Financial situation: The total budget for the year 2008 was CHF 3,106,728 (USD 2,737,205 or EUR 1,868,146), of which 66 percent covered.
Number of people we help: The cumulative number of people reached through this programme is 65,500 countrywide. ZRCS envisages reaching 115,000 people cumulatively by the end of 2009.
Our partners: Within the Movement ZRCS partnered with the British and Swedish Red Cross in disaster management, health and organisational development programmes, supported by the IFRC and ICRC. External partners included UNHCR, WFP, EU and Europe Aid, DFID, Australian Aid for International Development, the President Emergency Plan For Aids Relief (PEPFAR), United States Department of State, bureau of Population, Refugee and Movements (PRM), the Netherlands Government, Barclays Bank Zambia Ltd and Shell BP. At community/implementation level, the NS partnered with local government departments, Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU), the District Aid Task Force (DATF) teams, District Development Coordination Committees (DDCC) and District Disaster Management Committees (DDMC) and District Water and Sanitation Committees (DWashe).