Our Support to Sustainable Resettlement

Oct 14, 2017

October 13 , 2017 saw Meheba resettlement scheme in Kalumbila District, North-Western province erupt in a hive of activity as it received high profile visitors. They came to witness several development interventions being implemented by UN agencies in Zambia through Government line ministries, international partners and civil society organisations.

Meheba and Mayukwayukwa, located in North Western and Western provinces respectively, have been designated as resettlement schemes for former Angolan and Rwandese Refugees and Zambians.  The joint efforts of all stakeholders are culminating into an ambitious programme led by UNDP aimed at ensuring that the communities living in these schemes are cohesive, productive, sustainable and fully integrated into development initiatives at all levels. The importance of this high-level mission was the opportunity it accorded the Minister in the Office of the Vice President (OVP) Ms. Silvia Chalikosa and her delegation to appreciate the realities on the ground and to interact with local stakeholders including His Royal Highness Chief Mumena.

The mission further facilitated higher-level Government buy-in for subsequent positive consideration towards increased funding for the programme from local and central governments. During the visit, the Government and its development partners committed to work together to bring sustainable development to the settlements. The Minister in the OVP, Hon. Silvia Chalikosa committed Government’s support to ensuring the programme’s success.

. The initial investments to support this 5-year Programme have been made by the Japanese Government, the US Government and UNDP in the amounts of $2,087,000, $600,000 and $60,000, respectively. 

Ms. Rogan commended the Government for remaining steadfast in dealing with the needs of refugees and offering durable solutions by leaving no one behind, including recent arrivals from the Democratic Republic of Congo.  

His Excellency Ambassador Sobashima of Japan reiterated his government’s commitment to ensuring human security and sustainable resettlement. His Royal Highness Chief Mumena encouraged all stakeholders to work with the traditional leadership if development work was to address the real needs of the people on the ground. His remarks were supported by settlers who insisted that they should be partners and not recipients of development initiatives. The settlers thanked the Government, the UN and the Government of Japan for the support rendered in 2017.  

Under this programme, UNDP has supported the Department of Resettlement under the office of the OVP to take the lead role in managing and implementing development work. Through this support, two United Nations Volunteers were recruited to work as scheme coordinators in the field. A fully equipped office and transport provisions have been set up for local governance strides. Additional facilities including water points and access roads have since been provided to support the new permanent residents and Zambians. The initial investments to support this 5-year Programme have been made by the Japanese Government, the US Government and UNDP in the amounts of $2,087,000, $600,000 and $60,000, respectively.  

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Assistant Resident Representative

Poverty Reduction and SDGs

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