Our Support to Sustainable ResettlementOct 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.