Monday, 22 April 2019 14:49

Summary: This project sought to strengthen the assessment and inventory capacities of Zimbabwe’s ministry in charge of lands, in order to support the effective implementation of the national land-reform programme initiated in 2000.

Problem: The fast-track land-reform programme of 2000 has transformed the land-ownership structure in Zimbabwe, by transferring agricultural land from 6,400 former large-scale commercial farmers to about 163,775 newly resettled farmers. This new structure requires that the land-administration system, as well as the related policy and regulatory frameworks, be strengthened in order to effectively respond to the emerging needs; otherwise, the expected gains of the land reform risk not being achieved. Indeed, the challenges already being felt include land insecurity, conflicts among farmers, illegal resettlements, environmental degradation and the decline of agricultural productivity and output. Consequently, the country has been experiencing problems such as food insecurity, inadequate supply of raw materials for the industry, job losses, shortage of foreign currency and overall economic decline. Yet, lack of resources and capacities has been hampering governmental efforts to address these challenges.

Solution: 

The main objective of this project was to support and strengthen Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement (MLAWCRR) and other implementing partners to carry out their activities in line with their mandates and in a more effective, efficient and sustainable way. The ultimate aim was to accelerate the rehabilitation of the land sector and to improve the regulatory and land-management frameworks as prerequisites for the recovery and development of agriculture and other land-based economic activities.

A project management unit was established and housed at the MLAWCRR, while a working group was established with the former commercial farmers to resolve the outstanding compensation issues. This has thawed the relationships between the Government and the former farmers. Other key components of the project included:

– The update of the farm inventories;

– The development of a consensus-based mechanism for the compensation of former commercial farmers;

– The establishment of an adequate survey-control network;

– The survey of medium-scale farm units (above 100 ha each) and the update of the land-information database;

– The establishment and strengthening of the coordination of the Land Information Management System (LIMS) within the MLAWCRR;

– The development of a dispute-resolution framework; and

– The evaluation of land-tenure systems and policy recommendations.

The project’s specific achievements include the following:

– 2,881 farm inventories were carried out, providing information for the purposes of determining the compensations to the former large-scale commercial farmers;

– 30 MLAWCRR staff were trained in database management, and a land database is being implemented (80% completed);

– Five continuously operating reference stations (GPS base stations) were built and are operational, thus cutting the costs and time involved in mapping and surveys;

– 24 staff of the Department of the Surveyor General (DSG) were trained in image-analysis software for using satellite data for mapping;

– 557 medium-scale farms were surveyed and a draft strategy for surveying the remaining medium-scale farm units was produced;

– Area networks (LANs/WANs) were established at the head offices of the MLAWCRR and DSG, as well as at DSG’s Southerton and Bulawayo offices; 114 officers were trained in LIMS and updated the existing database;

– The MLAWCRR drafted guidelines for a functional and legally supported dispute-resolution framework, based on international good practices;

– A study of land-tenure systems and policies was produced, to contribute to the development of the National Land Policy Framework;

– The Zimbabwe Land Commission (ZLC) was established as a specialized body for dealing with land-related issues, and its strategic plan was formulated to underlie its activities, including securing resources for land audits.

Study tours to Brazil and Malaysia in 2017 exposed ZLC’s commissioners to international experiences and best practices on land reform and tenure issues, including guidelines on how to conduct land audits, which have since then been developed and are being implemented in Zimbabwe. Study tours to African countries (Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania) in 2018 also provided ZLC’s commissioners with knowledge about different local land-governance provisions and regulations.

Provider countries: Brazil, Kenya, Malaysia, Rwanda, Tanzania

Beneficiary country: Zimbabwe

Supported by: UNDP and European Union

Implementing agencies: Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement (MLAWCRR)

Project period: January 2014 – February 2019

Contact details:
Ambrose Made 
Project Coordinator
UNDP Zimbabwe
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Monday, 22 April 2019 14:27

Summary: This project seeks to deepen the foundations for peace and social cohesion in Zimbabwe, by enhancing national and community dispute-resolution capacities, providing dialogue platforms for consensus and confidence building around shared values, fostering tolerance, and encouraging inclusiveness and collaboration in the equitable delivery of development dividends.

Problem: Social polarization has been recognized as a historical issue in Zimbabwe. Despite the efforts that have been made to address it, there are unresolved grievances that ought to be tackled for the nation to collectively forge forward. The establishment of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) in the new Constitution (2013) provides an avenue to guide Zimbabwe in dealing with these enduring issues in a peaceful and structured manner. Moreover, through a consultative process convened in October 2015, stakeholders indicated that there remain important local disagreements in several domains, such as: intra- and inter-political party tensions; quarrels related to natural resources (including land, water and environmental degradation); violence against women and girls; and growing intolerance (especially at the political level). These disputes, if not well managed, could undermine the country’s ability to achieve its set socioeconomic goals.

Solution: 

The overall objective of the project “Deepening the foundations for peace, dialogue and social cohesion” was to reduce potential threats to peace and social cohesion in Zimbabwe, while improving mechanisms for structured response to conflicts and disputes before they escalate to violence. The project targeted both national and community levels and focused on four key areas:

1) Strengthening governmental capacities to coordinate peacebuilding and social-cohesion issues;

2) Strengthening the capacities of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) to design a strategic framework for reconciliation;

3) Enhancing dialogue and consensus-building processes towards nationally shared values; and

4) Enabling community peacebuilding mechanisms to provide alternative mediation and dispute-resolution services.

With the leadership of the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) and the active involvement of key ministries, church and faith-based organizations, NGOs working in the peacebuilding field, and entities from the culture and arts sector, the project’s main achievements included:

– The NPRC bill, drafted with multi-stakeholder inputs, was approved by the Parliament in October 2017;

– The following high-level dialogue platforms were supported: a multi-sectorial dialogue space entitled “The Champions Dialogue Group” (or “Dialogue Reference Group”), the Creative Arts and Culture Leaders Forum, the Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations (ZHOCD), and the civil-society organizations’ platform on conflict early warning and early response;

– The mediation and dialogue capacities of key stakeholders were enhanced: 324 Local Peace Committees (LPCs) were strengthened, and 225 peace mediators and facilitators were trained (109 male and 116 female, including 70 young people) in four districts; in the first year of the project, close to 180 disputes were resolved;

– District visits provided stakeholders the opportunity to receive first-hand community testimonials in an effort to better understand the role played by local structures in supporting peacebuilding;

– Three capacity-enhancement retreats were held, each focusing on a key topic: people affected by violent conflicts; truth-seeking and truth-telling mechanisms; and post-conflict justice, healing and reconciliation initiatives;

– A framework for multi-stakeholder processes for consensus building on shared values was designed and piloted through the churches nationally in 2017; critical conversations on peace and social cohesion were initiated through a working session that drew on regional experiences of religious leaders promoting pre-electoral peace and reconciliation (from Kenya, Lesotho and Zambia);

– In 2017, the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust led a two-month Peace Campaign targeting the youth to pledge a commitment to peace, including through the utilization of a Peace Mascot;

– A report on the scope of academic programmes on peace and governance in Zimbabwe was produced, culminating with the design of a fellowship programme to invest in the future generation of peacebuilders, to be carried out in collaboration with six national universities;

– A Peace Pledge was convened at the national level as a confidence-building measure before the 2018 elections; leaders of 23 political parties fielding presidential candidates made a public commitment to non-violence before, during and after the elections;

– A national Peace Caravan was convened as an innovative approach to localizing the pledge and mobilizing citizens’ participation in peace promotion; having traveled through all the ten Zimbabwean provinces, the caravan provided a platform for sustained multi-stakeholder dialogue with state entities, political parties, civil society organizations and faith institutions;

– South-South exchanges further supported the strengthening of the NPRC, which gained experiential learning from homologous entities in other African countries, such as Kenya’s National Integration and Cohesion Commission, Ghana’s National Peace Council and South Africa’s Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.

Provider countries: Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia

Beneficiary country: Zimbabwe

Supported by: Government of Switzerland and UNDP

Implementing Agency: Zimbabwe’s Office of President and Cabinet (OPC)

Project period: February 2016 – December 2018

Contact Details:
William Tsuma
Programme Specialist (Peace and Governance)
UNDP Zimbabwe
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Monday, 22 April 2019 02:30

Problem: In much of the developing world, post-harvest losses are as high as 80% and the cold‐storage chain is virtually non‐existent due to the high cost of equipment and spotty electricity.

Solution: Solar Freeze is a company pioneering mobile cold storage units that are powered by renewable energy and used by rural smallholder farmers.

Goals and Objectives: The solution is designed to help rural smallholder farmers reduce the huge challenge of post-harvest loss.

Implementation: SolarFreeze, a startup in Keny, designed this innovative solution that provides solar-powered cold storage units for smallholder farmers and traders in Sub-Saharan Africa with no need for grid connection.

Solar Freeze provides farmers with portable solar-powered cold-storage units that they can access through mobile phones via simple SMS and USSD messages to book and store perishable produce using the sharing economy and pay with mobile money.

Solar Freeze was recognized as the best energy access startup in the continent upon the successful conclusion of the RES-EXPO conference “Renewable Energy in East-Africa: New Frontiers” organized by RES4Africa in Nairobi and was awarded the Africa Energy Prize.

Achievements: Reduced Food Loss and Waste in the fresh produce agricultural sector by 90 percent. Increased incomes for rural smallholder women and youth farmers by 70 percent. A complete supply chain system powered by renewable energy consisting of Solar Powered Mobile Cold Rooms and Milk dispensing ATM’s running on renewable energy. Cheaper fresh food produce by 40 percent and reduced malnutrition for the bottom of the pyramid consumers in towns and cities since customers work within their budget while purchasing milk at the solar-powered ATM vending machine.

Contact details:
Dysmus Kisilu, CEO-Solar Freeze 
Phone: +254727159347
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Monday, 22 April 2019 02:26

Problem: Soil has the potential to help mitigate the effects of climate change by sequestering carbon. Hugely under-recognized and under-utilized as a storehouse for carbon, the soil has long been excluded from climate change discussions simply because it has historically been very difficult to know how much carbon is held in the soil.

Solution: Until recently, measuring soil carbon levels efficiently and reliably was only possible in a laboratory and with the use of sophisticated equipment. But now a new tool has made it possible to measure, monitor and verify soil carbon levels in the field.

Goals and Objectives: Effectively monitoring soil carbon content and quality in agricultural systems can help decision-makers develop soil protection strategies to mitigate the greenhouse gas effect caused by the release of carbon into the atmosphere.

Implementation: The solution is developed by researchers from the International Potato Center and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA).  The portable device uses laser-induced optical techniques: Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) and Laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy (LIFS), to measure soil carbon levels and can be used to improve planning and governance of different agro-ecosystems.

LIFS system was developed and patented by EMBRAPA-Agricultural Instrumentation. EMBRAPA and CIP have tested the devices in numerous agro-ecosystems of Brazil and southern Peru to confirm their accuracy, reliability, and ease of use.

Partners: The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA)

Contact details:
The International Potato Center
Tel. +511 3496017
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Address: Avenida La Molina 1895, La Molina
Apartado Postal 1558, Lima, Peru

   

 

 

Monday, 22 April 2019 02:22

Problem: Agriculture in Africa faces challenges such as overreliance on rain-fed agriculture, outdated farming technologies and minimal youth inclusion in the sector.

Solution: The Greenhouses sensor is a simple solar powered gadget integrated into modern greenhouses that automate irrigation by allowing to monitor temperature, humidity, soil moisture and most importantly regulate the water supply which is channeled through drip lines and link them up to the farmer’s mobile phone.

Goals and Objectives: The new technology dubbed Smart Mobile Farming to ensure low costs for managing the greenhouse is aimed at conserving water and provision of virtual greenhouse maintenance. The aim of the solution is to help farmers juggle between farming and other chores and at the same time help to keep the water bills low, especially for urban smart farmers.

Implementation: The solution is developed and implemented by Illuminum Greenhouses, Kenya, an Agri-Tech greenhouse and drip installation company in Kenya working with smallholder farmers to improve productivity and increase efficiency through the use of new modern technologies.

Greenhouse farmers can now monitor temperature and soil conditions while far away thanks to an automated sensor gadget that communicates about the greenhouse conditions to the farmer through their mobile phones. They can be able to open and close their irrigation system as well as query and get alerts on their current greenhouse status i.e Temperature, Humidity and Soil Moisture content via SMS. This can be done from anywhere and any time of day just by sending a simple SMS to their greenhouse. This means that a farmer doesn’t require to be available to monitor their greenhouse and execute the action as the sensor gadgets identify the problem and fix it.

The greenhouse automation system works by measuring and monitoring specific conditions needed for optimum growth of plants. This is done by electronic sensors that continuously monitor these set parameters and if exceeded rectifies the situation and notifies the farmer via an SMS alert. This data collected by the sensors is also dynamically updated to an online server for analyses to provide information such as graphs e.g temperature against time. These graphs are stored for up to a year so as to assist the farmer to plan for the next season as he/she will be able to know which months have the appropriate optimum conditions for growth.

This system is powered by solar panels thus green and can work in rural areas where electricity is a challenge. It has an 18Watt Solar panel and a battery which is charged by the panel during the day and then provides the system with the required power during the night. The battery can go for 5 days without any charge making it a very durable system.

Achievements:  So far, Illuminum Greenhouses has built about 1,200 greenhouses across East Africa, with 5,500 Smallholder farmers using their technology (€7500).

Budget: The automated system currently goes for Ksh. 35,600 due to the high costs of electronic components and assembly here in Kenya. It is expected that these devices will be fabricated soon in bulk and retail as low as Ksh. 15,000 (USD150) to make it affordable to all smallholder farmers. Installation charges are only Ksh. 2,300(USD23). However, the system is designed to be very easy to install from the box to enable anyone to install. This shall be the cost of a complete system comprising of the Main Unit, Watergate valve, temperature sensor, humidity sensor, and soil moisture sensor.

Also, the system shall be based on the number of sensors a farmer acquires with the very basic system consisting of the Main Unit, a water gate valve and a soil moisture sensor costing only Ksh.8,900.(USD 89).

Contact details:
Address:  Bishop Magua Centre, Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
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Phone: +254732613501, +254732613531 

Monday, 22 April 2019 02:16

Problem: Droughts had pushed the Ngwate Ngutuike Self Help Group in Masii, Machakos County to extreme poverty, forcing them to find alternative ways to survive as relief from the government and other relief agencies couldn’t sustain them.

Solution: Sand dams (some times called more general groundwater dams) store water under the ground. A sand dam is a small dam built above ground and into the riverbed of a seasonal sand river.

Objectives and goals: Sand accumulates upstream of the dam, resulting in additional groundwater storage capacity. Similar to sand dam a subsurface dam obstructs the groundwater flow of an aquifer and stores water below ground level. Sand and subsurface dams are suitable for rural areas with the semi-arid climate in order to store only seasonal available water to be used in dry periods for livestock, minor irrigation as well as for domestic use. The solution also contributes to the reduction of contamination by livestock and other animals since water is under sand and filtration of water flowing through the riverbed sand improves water quality

Implementation: The solution is implemented by the Utooni Development Organization (UDO), a non-governmental organization, based on the early works of Utooni Development Project, a community-based self-help group formed by Joshua Mukusya in 1978. Its vision is to build peaceful, healthy and happy interlinked self-sufficient communities through justified sustainable development. The solution has been tested and implemented in three Kenyan counties, benefitting 4,795 households.

Practical implementation steps include:

  • Site selection and community involvement;
  • Engineering and design;
  • Water use assessment;
  • Excavation and construction;
  • Operation and maintenance (establishment of a water management process, including a water committee, caretakers and a provision for trainings)
  • Monitoring and evaluation

Achievements:

  • Decreased distance to get water (one way) from an average of 10 km to 1 km;
  • Decreased time to get water from an average of 12 hours to 1 hour
  • In 3 years we have increased the number of farmers practicing conservation agriculture from 5%  to 50%, reaching 5,000 farmers.
  • Increased the variety, crop yield while reducing the cost of farm inputs among farmers, leading to 30%increased income.

Contact details:
Mr. Kevin Kamuya, Program Manager
Machakos, Eastern Province, Kenya 
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Monday, 22 April 2019 02:09

Problem: Kenya has 5.4 million hectares of arable land, but only 17% of this land is suitable for rainfed agriculture; leaving the remainder in need of irrigation and pumping technology. Petrol, electric, and manual treadle pumps are presently available in the market, but the effectiveness of these technologies is constrained by high input costs and labor inefficiencies.                 

Solution: RainMaker2 is an affordable, practical and smart solar-powered irrigation solution.

Goals and Objectives:  With just the power of the sun, smallholder farmers can increase their agricultural productivity and incomes, while mitigating the effects of climate change.

Implementation: The solution is developed by the SunCulture, aspired to tackle the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to transform the world with the RainMaker2. The revolutionary ClimateSmart™ technology enables this by using Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies to analyze data from a variety of sensors and give farmers simple and accurate advice via SMS on how they can improve their practices without aggravating the environment, through excessive water usage, for example. The RainMaker2 with ClimateSmart™ meets and exceeds the SDG of availability and sustainable management of water for all. It analyses the weather and soil on the IoT platform to give guidance on how much to irrigate and monitor pump power consumption to see if the farmer could benefit from more efficient methods (e.g., drip irrigation), thus reducing the impact agriculture has on the earth’s freshwater resources while simultaneously improving yields for the farmer through precision agriculture. SunCulture’s RainMaker2 with ClimateSmart™ has the potential to transform and reorient agricultural systems to effectively support development and ensure food security in a changing climate.

Achievements:  The solar powered irrigation system allows to achieve higher yields at lower costs, can lift up to 3,000 liters per hour, optimize performance in any weather condition, send SMS alerts for weather-based irrigation timing and dry run protection, and even power lights, radio, phone charger and many other 12V and 24V appliances.

Contact details:
236 Owashika Road off Isaac Gathanju Road, Lavington
Nairobi, Kenya
Phone: +254700327002 or +254742963700

Monday, 22 April 2019 01:57

Solution: A Multistripe Laser Triangulation (MLT) scanner has been adapted to scan and accurately show large soil pores (macropores). Using the MLT scanner allows soil hydrologists to predict water movement by comparing soil when it’s dry to when it is saturated with water.

Goals and Objectives: Predicting water movement in soil is important for understanding recharge rates of aquifers, making the management of this resource potentially more effective and efficient. This is especially important for agriculturalists in areas that are plagued by drought. The tool could also help scientists and farmers better understand water runoff, soil erosion, how sediment is added to the land (i.e. deposition), and sedimentation of surface water reservoirs. In addition, it could predict how nutrients are transported within the soil.

Implementation: The International Potato Center (CIP) has worked with Rutgers University and the University of Kansas to develop a tool to predict how water moves through the soil. The scanner was originally developed for engineering purposes and was adapted its use to study soil pores and preferential flow.

The MLT offers advantages to researchers in the field of soil hydrology. The MLT scanner is better at detecting and mapping the soil macroporosity when the soil is dry versus when it is saturated with water. Using math to account for the difference between the two states of the soil, one can make predictions about water movement.

Contact details:
Address:  Avenida La Molina 1895, La Molina
Apartado Postal 1558, Lima, Peru
Phone: +511 3496017
Website: https://wle.cgiar.org/solutions/laser-helps-measure-water-soil

Monday, 22 April 2019 01:54

Solution: The Manual Precision Seed Planter and Fertilizer is a hand/foot-powered planter designed for use by women practicing Conservation Agriculture. Precise quantities of seed and fertilizer are dropped by hand into two funnels, which deposit the seeds into two separate holes in the soil.

Goals and Objectives:  The planter is able to plant maize seeds and precise quantities of fertilizer through the surface mulch in all soil types and conditions.

Implementation: The solutions are developed by Triple W Engineering Ltd to improve the poor performance of other Conservation Agriculture planting tools that averaged $80 USD in cost.

This tool will plant through the surface mulch in dry and moist soils. In use, the tool is rocked backward and forward as foot and hand pressure is applied. Prior to dropping a seed, the tool is pushed forward and this creates and maintains the tapered slot in the ground.

One person operates the tool and drops a controlled amount of fertilizer using a small plastic container whose capacity has previously been calibrated for the field and crop requirements.

Details of the Planting Spears: The slots created by two spears maintain a space between seed and fertilizer and prevent direct contact. The spears are made from high carbon steel and resist abrasive wear in sandy soils. The ends of the tubes are flared to ensure the seed and fertilizer are directed into the ground.

The space between the spears increases gradually to reduce friction in the center and prevent blockage by soils when wet. The ends of the delivery tubes are curved to ensure the seeds/fertilizer fall into the holes.

The system delivers both seed and fertilizer to a suitable depth in the moist layer. Using hand dropping ensures that precise amounts of both seed and fertilizer are placed in the optimum positions for most efficient utilization.

Achievements: The resulting precision of seed and fertilizer placement requires about half the normal recommended quantities of seed and fertilizer to be used, allowing for considerable economic savings for smallholder farmers.

Proposed Budget: The Manual Precision Seed planter can be manufactured locally by metal workers for roughly $15 USD.

Contact details:
Mr.Thomas Brian Muckle
Jua Kali Intermediate Technology
Nairobi, Kenya
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Sunday, 21 April 2019 23:55

Problem: The current excessive application of agro-inputs that costs sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) over US $90 billion in health due to human over-exposure and more than US $35 billion on food importation to mitigate threats of food security on the continent. 

Solution: The FiKapSy – short for ‘Flying Knapsack System” is a drone system: a spray boom with rotors for crop dusting precision dispersal of agro-inputs. 

Goals and objectives:  The solution aims to reduce the degradation of the environment and the over-exposure of (mostly) farmers to the harmful synthetic compounds that cause occupational poisoning currently affecting more than 1.1 million practitioners in developing countries like Nigeria.

Implementation: The solution is developed by AMIntegrated Aerial, that builds drones for the task of crop dusting open field farms in rural Africa. For the first time ever while conducting drudgery service of crop dusting, mechanization in rural farms can offer these farmers aerial views of their farms along with other vital information. 

Such information may include the size of a farm; condition of crops; surrounding threats. It gives farmers inexpensive insight into expansion potentials beyond their recurrently cultivated areas for some, in over 20 years. Money can then be confidently spent to clear and cultivate farther reaching ends of their lands with informed decisions. 

Introduction of this inexpensive drone innovative mechanization displaces today's dependency on the failed use of heavy duty, expensive farm tractors for the purpose of agro-input dispersal in developing economies like Nigeria.

Achievements: The solution can help increase utilization of the 874 million hectares of arable land available on the continent from a mere 32% to over 60% in 3 years while reducing soil degradation from the chemical over-application per hectare by 30%.

The solution can help not just African states but countries in other emerging economies looking to tackle food insecurity, chemical proliferation or simply increasing crop yield by providing a more targeted application process of agro-inputs.

Contact details: 
Mr. Ndubisi Arinze Eze
Ikate Bus Stop
Lagos-Epe Express Road
Lagos, Nigeria 

 

Friday, 12 April 2019 23:07

Problem: On 10 September 2016, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 Richter scale hit Kagera Region on the shores of Lake Victoria in Tanzania. A total population of 117,721 were severely affected by the earthquake. 17  people died and 440 people were injured. 26,000 houses were damaged rendering over 117,000 people homeless or living in temporary accommodation. As in other disasters, women and children, people living with disabilities were more affected due to loss of privacy and protective space caused by damaged houses. Nearly 70% of primary schools’ students and 36% secondary school students’ access to education was disrupted due to damage to classrooms and lack of toilet facilities in schools.

Solution: The project is a South Africa – Tanzania project initiated to contribute to rehabilitation and reconstruction of schools and health facilities post the September 2016 earthquake which destroyed houses, displaced people and left several communities vulnerable in Kagera, Tanzania. The goal of this project is to restore the learning environment and provide basic health services to the affected communities. It is a South-South Cooperation initiative, launched with the aim to contribute to rehabilitation and reconstruction of schools and health facilities post the September 2016 earthquake which destroyed houses, displaced people and left several communities vulnerable in Kagera, Tanzania. The goal of this project is to restore the learning environment and provide basic health services to the affected communities. The project supports reconstruction and rehabilitation of damaged public infrastructure offered by the government such as schools and health facilities. South Africa has committed itself to continue to support regional and continental processes to respond to and resolve crises, promote peace and security, strengthen regional integration, significantly increase intra-African trade and champion sustainable development in Africa; and continue to promote mutually beneficial South-South cooperation by utilizing engagements with formations and groupings of the South. Based on the commitment above, South Africa has committed to making a financial contribution towards relief efforts in Tanzania related to the rehabilitation of destroyed and damaged infrastructure critical to service delivery such as schools and health facilities. South African expert artisans, engineers and Disaster Management institutions are utilised as far as possible in order to contribute to capacity building and technical and skills transfer to the Tanzanian engineers and artisans.

Partners:
Provider Country: South Africa
Beneficiary Country: Tanzania, South Africa
Supported by: South Africa, UNDP South Africa
Implementing Agency: Government of Tanzania, Government of South Africa
Project Status: Ongoing
Project Period: Ongoing

Contact Details:
Walid Badawi
Adviser
UNDP South Africa
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Friday, 12 April 2019 22:56

Problem: Intimate partner violence (IPV) is not a new issue but it is probably more prevalent than most of us think. IPV is a leading cause of death and disability for women worldwide. Around the world, 35% of women are estimated to have experienced either physical or sexual violence at some point in their life. Georgia and South Africa are not the exception in the high IPV prevalence. In South African official statistics reports one in five women experienced physical violence by any partner. When IPV occurs, the survivor or perpetrator’s friends, neighbours, or family members often witness or suspect what is happening. These bystanders can play an important role in IPV prevention and reduction, offering help to a survivor or helping to impose consequences on the perpetrator. Frequently, however, bystanders look the other way, and survivors are left unsupported. 

Solution: The initiative aims to focus on changing the behaviour of bystanders to address or respond to IPV. UNDP Georgia and South Africa, in collaboration with UN Women in both countries, focus on changing the behaviour of bystanders to address or respond to IPV. The initiative aims to equip bystanders with information, skills and tools to enable them to report or act against IPV and to also identify early signs of IPV before it happens and to stop it from happening. This joint study is a great opportunity for two very different countries with a common challenge to learn from each other. In 2017 and 2018, the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) and the UNDP country teams in Georgia and South Africa and their partners collaborated to apply a behavioural approach to encouraging bystanders’ actions against IPV. The exploratory research indicated that survivors in both countries do not receive sufficient emotional support and they need greater support to access services.

Provider Country: South Africa, Georgia
Beneficiary Country: South Africa, Georgia
Supported by: UNDP South Africa, UNDP Georgia, UN Women
Implementing Agency: UNDP South Africa
Project Status: Ongoing
Project Period: Ongoing

Contact Details:
Fatou Leigh
Adviser
UNDP South Africa
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Jennifer Mceneaney
Adviser
UNDP South Africa
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