The National Society has launched a three year Project called Strengthening Emergency Response II (SERP II) in Zambia, as part of the bigger project of Response Preparedness at a total cost of ZMK Eight Million (USD800,000) targeting disaster prone districts of Zambezi, Kabompo and Chavuma in the Zambezi River Basin North West of Zambia.
The SERP Project will introduce modern technological and innovative approaches such as the Forecast Based Financing, the Cash Transfers Technology and will build the capacity of the National Society and stakeholders to use such approaches. “The project intends to build the capacity of the National Society and stakeholders at community and district levels to utilise Forecast-Based Financing and Cash Transfers programming to effectively respond to disasters caused by climate change,” says Ambassador Godfrey Simasiku, National Society President.
During the project launch, the Guest of Honour, Hon. Sylvia Chalikosa, Minister in the Office of the Vice President of the Republic of Zambia participated in the Virtual Reality (VR) session to experience the concept of Forecast Based Financing in Togo. “The Virtual Reality emphasises the need for automatic funding systems that can be triggered for disaster preparedness and Zambia is moving towards this direction through the National Disaster Fund”, says Hon. Sylvia Chalikosa.
Government is confident that the project will contribute to Government’s real transformation agenda of increasing humanitarian and Disaster Risk Reduction efforts and in tackling effects of climate change in the country.
The project comes in the wake of insufficient capacity among local response structures and lack of modern technology that have denied communities to access up to date weather information. The results have led to ineffective responses to disasters and late planning of response actions.
The SERP Project was launched in the Zambian capital city, Lusaka on 12th July, 2017 and was attended by cooperating partners from Government, United Nations Agencies, local and international NGOs, academic institutions and the Media.