Tuesday, 26 May 2015 12:48

The Mehwar Centre for the Protection and Empowerment of Women and Familiesu201d project was initiated in 2004 with the goal to provide support and safety to victims and survivors of violence through the first national specialized anti-violence centre in Palestine and it has been executed and technically supported by UN Women since 2008,withfunding by the Government of Italy until2012 and the Government of Iceland since 2013.

The Center has been established as a pilot in close cooperation with the Palestinian Government, local and international NGOs and the civil society in compliance with human-right based standards and policies for protection of women and children victims and survivors of violence. The project addresses the phenomenon of violence against women holistically by focusing on prevention of violence through community sensitization, as well as protection and social re-integration of victims and survivors of violence. It also advocates for the adoption of national laws, policies and mechanisms ensuring women`s victims the right to live in safety and dignity, while ending impunity for perpetrators of violence. 

Since 2011 and benefitting from UN Women support in the institutionalization of Mehwar experience, the Mehwar Centre has been recognized by the Palestinian Ministry of Social Affairs, and the Palestinian Authority more broadly, as a national model for the development of standards of sheltering services for women across Palestine, besides serving as a base for the specialization of other sectors - including judicial and security sectors and legislative bodies - in addressing violence against women. Thanks to UN Women core funds, the Mehwar Centre has also established the first victim-based comprehensive data collection system on violence against women.

The Mehwar Centre is run by 22 highly trained professionals, it operates under the overall supervision of the Ministry of Social Affairs and provides a protected shelter for up to 35 women and their children together with social and legal counseling psychosocial support, health care, and legal representation in courts. Additionally the Mehwar Centre provides social and legal support services to families in distress, outreach and community sensitization programmes, including a nursery and a gym for children and women of the community. Mehwar team was awarded with the Human Rights Defender Price (2010) by the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). 

Since its opening, 304 women and 69 children victims and survivors of violence and under life threat were protected and empowered while sheltered and 267 sheltered women were reintegrated into the society through multi-stakeholder supported plans. 230 sheltered women and 109 women from outreach cases received legal counseling and about 1,430 family members benefited from Mehwar`s social and legal counseling. About 135 sheltered women benefited from vocational training opportunities with 56 training courses (nursing, medical secretariat, sewing and fashion design, hair dressing, jewelry design and handicraft, computer skills, English) and 49 women sheltered in Mehwar were provided job opportunities; 19 sheltered women who studied and worked outside the Centre benefited from a peer group support.

Owing to Mehwar the followings have been achieved:
     1. A mechanism for the protection and reintegration of women, girls, and children victims of violence and under life-threat;
     2. The recognition and promotion of Palestinian women and children human rights within the community;
     3. Human rights-based standards and policies applied to anti-violence centers across Palestine
     4. Government engagement in the fight against VAWG, validating and supporting provision of specialized anti-violence services, and translation of CEDAW principles into national strategies, policies and mechanisms;
     5. Engagement of families of VAWG victims as women`s protection actors and empowerment advocates 

UN Women/Mehwar Centre publications (in Arabic and English): 1) Evaluation of Policies and Procedures (2011); Good Practice for Recruiting Anti-violence Centre Personnel (2012); 3) Women Agents of Change (Mehwar experience 2008-2012); Final Project Evaluation (2012). 

Partners: the Ministry of Social Affairs of Palestine, UN Women, the Government of Italy, the Government of Iceland.

Contact details:
The Mehwar Center
Bethlehem, State of Palestine
Tel. 00970-2-2748660 
Acting Director, Saeda Al-Atrash
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UN Women Palestine
Al Nouman St., Beit Hanina, Jerusalem
Tel. 00972-2-6280450 
Fax. 00972-2-6280661
Special Representative, Alia El-Yassir
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Thursday, 25 June 2015 12:35

My.COOP offers a training package and programme on the management of agricultural cooperatives that is a result of a collaborative effort involving a wide range of partners such as cooperative development agencies, cooperative colleges and universities, cooperative and producer organizations, knowledge institutes and agencies of the United Nations. Initiated by the ILO Cooperative Facility for Africa and the ILO`s Cooperative Branch, the partnership involves: Agriterra, FAO, the International Training Centre of the ILO, the Royal Tropical Institute and the Wageningen University and Research Centre, among others.

The My.COOP trainings help existing and potential managers of agricultural cooperatives to offer high quality, efficient and effective services to the cooperative members. The training and programme are based on high level know how originating from many years of training activities for trainers and trainees as well as experiences in the development of cooperatives, food security and agriculture, support to the organization of farmers, sustainable development, youth involvement in the development process, decent work and social dialogue. 

The training package includes1 trainer`s manual, 4 modules and a mobile learning toolkit:
      I. The trainer's manual. A series of learning activities for each Module and a sample training programme
      II. Module 1. Basics of agricultural cooperatives: basics of agricultural cooperatives; challenges for cooperatives; cooperative governance; management, capital formation and finance
      III. Module 2. Cooperative service provision: what are the needs of the members? ; what services to provide? ; who will provide the service?
      IV. Module 3. Supply of farm inputs: procurements of inputs; storage and stock management; selling the service
      V. Module 4. Cooperative marketing: marketing services; strategic marketing; certification
      VI. The mobile learning toolkit. Learning activities using the mobile phone to enhance classroom training before, during or after the event.

My.COOP also promotes a distance learning programme through:
     - My.COOP platform to enhance e-learning and to enable opportunities for sharing and mutual learning 
     - Information technologies: internet and social networking.

Translating of My.COOP materials to understandable local languages is a key element of the package. This ensures that the material can be widely used for different audiences.
Materials are also often adapted to the local context, including references to local legislation and specificities as well as adopting an adequate visual appearance. Some countries have included a completely separate module about national legislation on cooperatives.

Partners:

  • Agriterra - Netherlands, Centre for International Development Issues Nijmegen, CIDIN - Netherlands,
  • The Cooperative College of Kenya (CCK) - Kenya
  • Empowering Smallholder Farmers in Markets (ESFIM), a partnership between national farmers` organizations from eleven countries and AGRINATURA.
  •  ILO (Cooperatives Unit)
  • The International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO)
  • FAO
  • National Federation of Agricultural Producers, KENFAP - Kenya
  • Moshi University College of Cooperative and Business Studies (MUCCOBS) - Tanzania
  • Nigerian Cooperative Development Center, NCDC - Nigeria.
  • The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam - Netherlands.
  • Uganda Cooperative Alliance Ltd. (UCA) - Uganda.
  • Wageningen University & Research Centre (WUR) - Netherlands

In addition, there are other countries where My.COOP has been used and/or adapted to projects with local partners, including Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, China, Nepal, Egypt, South Africa, etc. 

Contact details:
Casablanca, Morroco
Alaoui Solaimani Youssef, Cooperatives and Social Economy Expert
+212614290856
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Friday, 19 May 2017 12:23

Farmers in Algeria need better industrial equipment that requires substantial investments. Since enacting the Ordinance No. 09-01 of 22 July 2009 on the Supplementary Finance Act for 2009 the country has been implementing the Public Private Partnership to stimulate investments in the agriculture.

Under the guidance of the Ministry of Agriculture 174 pilot farms in the area of 155,368 hectares were selected with the aim to rehabilitate and increase the production capacity, including basic seeds, plant and brood stock for strategic sectors; improve managerial conditions; Introduce innovative techniques. Pilots farms were reorganized into the joint stock companies and proposed the following guiding principles for partnership:

  • Production of quality genetic material and inputs needed for agricultural development;
  • Development of agricultural investment with partners in accordance with national economic legislation;
  • Prioritization of activities to preserve the national genetic heritage;
  • Participation in priority to cover the needs of the national market.

The two modes of partnership were adopted:

  • Call for competition, carried out in two phases:
    • Call for expressions of interest for the elaboration of a short-list of candidates with technical references and proven financial capacities
    • Invitation to tender, sanctioned by an evaluation of offers and business-plans (amount of the investment - its nature – duration of the investment- method of financing-destination of the production and the foreseeable benefits).
  • Little by Little, on the initiative of the Minister of Agriculture and after informing the Prime Minister (President of the State Participation Council), in the following cases:
    • The project is of priority and national importance;
    • The partnership project is of proven technological interest;
    • The partnership project contributes to a significant satisfaction of domestic demand for inputs or agricultural products dependent on imports;
    • The call for expressions of interest is declared unsuccessful.

17 pilot farms have been the subject of a partnership agreement in dairy cattle breeding, aviculture, arboriculture, market gardening. The amount of investments committed is estimated at 8 266 999 000 Algerian Dinars. The pilot farms have shown the following rates of investment return:

  • <200%: 2 farms
  • From 50 to 100%: 3 farms
  • From 20 to 49%: 3 farms
  • From 1 to 19%: 5 farms
  • 0%: 4 farms.

Based on the successful implementation of PPP in the pilot farms the National Agriculture Policy confirms the PPP as a new driver of agricultural growth and encourages cooperation and partnership as a privileged tool for the transfer of know-how and technical assistance.

Contact:
Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries of Algeria
Ms. Saida Dramchini, Chief of Staff
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Phone: +213 23 50 31 56

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 12:06

The traditional drought indexes provide information monthly or more rarely used for the post evaluation of the drought damage. In the 2015 the General Directorate of Water Management and the University of Szeged initiated a new solution Drought and Water Scarcity Management System (DWMS) as an effective tool to support the water management for irrigation and other agricultural activities. With the new drought index that supplies daily information in real time and enables to take effective measures in time this solution decreases the damage of the drought during the extreme weather conditions.

As a first step a workgroup of experts was established to evaluate the existing drought indexes in the world. As was determined all of these indexes are suitable for follow-up analysis, but cannot be used for operational actions. For this reason, a new daily calculated index was developed and  DWMS has been developed.

This system consists of the three main components:

  • Monitoring: precipitation, temperature, soil moisture, data transmission. This monitoring system supports the effective water management, and it has additional features which support the “smart agriculture”.
  • Evaluation methodology: New drought index (Hungarian Drought Index) 
    • Concept of the Hungarian Drought Index (HDI)
    • Daily calculated and modular – enable the fast response during the droughty period – no more drought index with this frequency. The international indexes enable the post evaluation, but do not support the operational actions. The highest frequency of these indexes min. 1 month.
    • Basic value: HDI0 – needs only precipitation and temperature (archive and recent).
    • Extended with stress factor: HDI0* S (S=depend on the previous time period – 10 days – precipitation and heat days).
    • Extended with stress factor and soil moisture factors: HDI0* S * k
    • k= soil moisture factor (combination of the soil moisture factor in the upper soil layer (0-35 cm) and deeper soil layer (35 – 80 cm).
    • This index supplies useable daily information on the current drought situation, supporting the actions on state level.
  • New laws: Introducing the drought management system into the national legislation with the principle “Limits according the HDI – Actions according the limits”. The new laws regulate the responsibility of the state in a drought situation and also ensure financial resources to support the system.

The DWMS can be used as well for the “smart agriculture”:

  • Pest and disease control
    • Optimize Spray timing
    • Reduce crop loss
    • Reduce chemical residue in crop, soil and ground water
    • Provide traceability records: What? When? Why?
  • Frost protection
  • Irrigation support.

Budget: Build-up and operation of a new monitoring network consisting of 16-20 stations on pilot area approx. 20 thousand square km area costs 400,000 EUR 

Partner: The University of Szeged (Hungary)

Contact information:
General Directorate of Water Management, Ministry of Interior of Hungary
Telephone: +36303717059
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Website: http://aszalymonitoring.vizugy.hu/dwms/ 

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 15:22

The India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Fund is a remarkable example of cooperation among three developing countries and constitutes a pioneering initiative to implement South-South cooperation for the benefit of other Southern countries in partnership with the UN system. Its purpose is to identify replicable and scalable projects that can be disseminated to interested developing countries as examples of best practices in the fight against poverty and hunger. It was established in 2004 and became operational in 2006.

This initiative brought solar energy to 20 villages. It expanded the solar energy component of a finalized IBSA project in Guinea-Bissau, incorporating lessons from the pilot 5 villages that received and have since been using solar equipment. By providing access to energy, this project enormously enhanced village life. For example, indoor lighting in schools permits studies by adults and other village activities during the evening. Solar water pumps reduce the hardships of obtaining water from wells, making it accessible at fountains or as running water. Street lighting and portable lanterns for village officials provide enhanced security, and cell phone chargers in community centres facilitate connectivity and sometimes even serve as a source of income for village associations. 

The project was implemented in July 2011- December 2013. Read more.

Achievements:

  • Broadened access to energy for 10,000 individuals in a vulnerable group category: rural populations, with a particular emphasis on women and children.
  • Improved environment for education, sanitation, safety and an enhanced quality of life.
  • Increased community engagement in more inclusive governance practices, particularly in the management of its solar power and micro-utilities.
  • Advanced environmental sustainability through development practices based on clean energy.
  • Sharing of solar technology: 10,000 villagers benefitted from solar equipment including street lights, indoor lights for schools and community centres, chargers of cell phones and other light battery operated equipment and solar water pumps.
  • Capacity-building: 120 beneficiaries (representing 5 per villages and 62 per cent female) participated in workshops on village mobilization and pro-activism with a focus on the management of solar energy systems. “Solar grandmothers” trained by the Barefoot College in India shared experiences on micro-utility operations and maintenance and on female participation in these activities. Solar Energy Committees formed in all partner villages are discussing with the IBSA coordination team the provision of their inputs to the projects (construction materials, etc.).
  • Infrastructure development: Civil works necessary for the installation of the solar equipment were advanced by partner villages as their contribution to this project. These included construction of fountains to be linked to solar water pumps, repairs to school and community centre walls or ceilings in order to host equipment, and fencing for protection against theft.

Challenges encountered:

  • This project benefits from the lessons learned during the first IBSA projects in Guinea-Bissau, particularly the pilot initiative providing solar energy equipment. It incorporated concerns about community organization for the management of micro-utilities, as well as the safety and security of solar energy systems.
  • Heavy rains have caused important damage to solar panels in one of the partner villages.

More information: Full evaluation report (in French) 

Replication: The positive outcomes of the project are directly related to the improvement of the quality of life of the populations. The solar systems had an impact on health,  education of children and adults, access to water, security, which are all conditions for reducing vulnerability and poverty.

Budget : USD 596,305

Contact details: 
IBSA Fund SecretariatUnited Nations Office for South-South Cooperation in United Nations Development Programme
304 East 45th Street, FF-12
New York, NY, 10017 
Ms. Ines Tofalo, Programme Specialist
telephone: 212 906 5123
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Created in 2001, the Centre for Arbitration and Mediation of Madagascar (CAMM), supports enterprises to manage their conflicts, determine the best way to quickly solve them, and ensure the security of their investments and continuity of their business. In order integrate the CAMM into the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Antananarivo (CCIA), Madagascar asked for advice from partners. The country was supported by UNDP, CMAP (Centre de Médiation et d’Arbitrage de Paris), CAMCO (Centre d’Arbitrage, de Médiation et de Conciliation de Ouagadougou), São Tomé and  Principe and "Groupements Patronaux Malgaches". The goal of that solution was mainly to prepare CCIA and private sector’s CEOs to the new model of the arbitration center and the role they will play in its functioning.

A delegation composed of CCIA members and a private sector representative were sent to Paris and Ouagadougou in 2011.

The CAMM was integrated into the CCIA in 2012, based on the French and Burkinabe models This new structure gives better tools to Malagasy companies for commercial dispute resolution. It also goes beyond its arbitration duties, by promoting legal training to make local companies more legally secure.

Achievements:

  • The CAMM continues to operate without outside support
  • The role of CCIA has been reinforced.
  • Links between CCIA and the private sector have been increased.

Contact details: 
Centre d’Arbitrage et de Médiation de Madagascar
Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie d’Antananarivo
20, Rue Henry Razanatseheno
Antananarivo
Madagascar
Tel : +261 (0) 20 22 202 12

Mission of technical assistance provided by the Ministry of Civil Service & State Reform of Burkina Faso for the Ministry of Civil Service, Labour & Social Security in Burundi, in order to:

  1. Share the experience of Burkina Faso on digital archiving and security; and
  2. Help Burundi develop a roadmap for electronic archiving of public servants’ case files within 5 years.

This project is part of the National Programme on the Reform of the Administration (PNRA). The overall objective of is to increase the performance of the Administration of Burundi. The archiving system will indeed improve the recording of files and also allow them to be treated more rapidly. The project will also allow the country to go a step further with the automatization of the management of human resources, and so improve the quality of the services provided to the citizens. More precisely, the system will allow registering 50 files at the same time in a file management system, in about10 minutes. Public servants will also be able to access online to all files by using their own password.

The project was implemented in 2013, through collaboration with the Ministry of Civil Service & State Reform Burkina Faso that sent two experts in this field and with the support of UNDP.

The collaboration between these partners has led to the achievement of the objectives. The partnership built through this arrangement has enabled a transfer of knowledge and practices which are fundamental to contribute to the reform of the national public administration in Burundi.

Achievements:

  • Creation of a road map for achieving electronic archiving within 5 years validated by the Ministry of Civil Service, Labour & Social Security;
  • Enable Burundian civil servants to store and access more rapidly to resources that are crucial for the execution of the state’s mission and services.

Contact details: 
Ministry of Civil Service & State Reform
Minister: Soungalo Ouattara
BP 7006
Ouagadougou
Burkina Faso

These countries have been selected as pilot countries, due to their significant vulnerability to climate change, coupled with their endowment of fragile mountain ecosystems upon which a multitude of communities and economic activities depend.

The Ecosystems-based Adaptation (EbA) in Mountains Programme is a global partnership jointly implemented by UNDP, UNEP and IUCN from 2011-2015, with funding from the Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). While global in scope, Uganda, Nepal and Peru were selected as pilot countries, due to their significant vulnerability to climate change, coupled with their endowment of fragile mountain ecosystems upon which a multitude of communities and economic activities depend.

The overarching Programme goal is to strengthen capacities of the involved governments and local communities to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience to the effects of climate change using EbA measures in targeted mountain ecosystems.

Expected programme results include:

  • New and field tested methodologies and decision-making tools for EbA, including Vulnerability & Impact Assessments;
  • Monitoring and Evaluation centered on ecosystem resilience; and
  • Capacities and knowledge of all involved stakeholders (national, district and local level government, local communities and civil society organizations) will be enhanced for planning and implementing both early action “No Regrets” and longer-term EbA measures through pilot activities in target mountain ecosystems.

Based on evidence emerging from these processes, lessons will also be generated on how to use cost-benefit analyses to make an economic case for specific EbA measures. In close collaboration with key government agencies, evidence and lessons will be generated on how to mainstream EbA into broader district and national policy and financing frameworks. These lessons can be scaled-up and shared as policy examples at regional and global levels beyond the three pilot countries. Overall, the resilience to climate change of targeted mountain ecosystems and their local custodians will be enhanced.

More information on the project is available herehttp://adaptation-undp.org/projects/mountain-eba

Achievements:

  • Methodologies and tools for EbA decision making developed
  • EbA methodologies and tools applied at ecosystem level
  • EbA pilot projects implemented in each pilot country and contributing towards ecosystem resilience and reduction of livelihood vulnerability in the face of climate change impacts
  • Business case for EbA at the local and national levels developed
  • New learning and knowledge on EbA generated

Replication: 

  • Learning materials were generated from the project to share best practices and knowledge:
  • Introduction to Ecosystem-based Adaptation: A nature-based response to climate change
  • Generating multiple benefits from Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Mountain Ecosystems
  • Making the economic case for Ecosystem-based Adaptation
  • Making the case for policy change and financing for Ecosystem-based Adaptation


Budget:
 The project was funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB): Euro 11.5 million

Contact details: 
Caroline Petersen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tine Rossing, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The African Union Commission in Partnership with FHI360, a USAID-funded project under the African Union Partnership (AUP) organized an Exhibition parallel to the 1st Specialized Technical Committee Meeting on Education Science and Technology (STC-EST). The exhibition involved model Technical, Vocational, Education and Training (TVET) and exhibitors show casing Space Science initiatives from African countries. Participants included AU Ministers of Education, Science and Technology; Senior Education, Science and Technology Officials; Regional Economic Communities; Development Partners (as observers).

Objectives:

  1. Update Ministers on the status of on-going programmes and on RECs and Member States’ performance in the education, science and technology sectors;
  2. Discuss AU Summit Decisions relevant to the conduct of education, science and technology on the continent;
  3. Consider the Education and TVET strategies and the STISA implementation plan;
  4. Consider the Africa Space Policy and Strategy;
  5. Consider funding and mobilization of resources, especially domestic resources; and
  6. Establish precedence for conducting AU continental business in the fields of education, science and technology

The project was done in October 2015. More information: 

Achievements:

  • Endorsement of the Continental Strategy for Education for Africa (CESA 16-25) and other continental strategies, roadmaps and implementation plans in education, science and technology;
  • Agreement on reporting and follow up mechanisms for the continental agenda;Actions for decisions during the next Summit of Heads of State.
  • Actions for decisions during the next Summit of Heads of State.


Replication: 
the following can be replicated in other countries:

  • Election of a new Ministerial Bureau for the running of the STC in the following two years
  • New mechanisms for partnerships to promote greater complementarity between Education and STI sectors in the continent with special focus on the AU Agenda 2063 journey.
  • Provision of updates on the status of on-going programmes, as well as RECs and member States’ performance in the education, science and technology sectors
  • TVET strategies, the STISA implementation plan, and the Africa Space Policy and Strategy

Contact details:
Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST)
Directorate of Information and Communication
African Union Commission
Addis Ababa
Ethiopia
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Telephone: +251 11 551 7700 / +251 11 518 25 58

The Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME) extends from east of the Cape of Good Hope, northwards to Cabinda Province in Angola and encompasses the full extent of Namibia`s marine environment. It is a major coastal upwelling ecosystem and an important centre of marine biodiversity and marine food production.

The Benguela is particularly productive in terms of fisheries resources, but top predators such as seabirds and marine mammals are also abundant. Commercial fisheries and the extraction of non-living natural resources such as oil, gas, diamonds and other minerals, are the focus of industrial activities in the region.

The five-year Strategic Action Programme (2015-2019) that was developed and adopted by the governments of Angola, Namibia and South Africa in 2014, recognises that the scope of the BCC has changed from a fisheries focused interim Commission to a fully-fledged, multi-sectoral inter-governmental body. Similarly, the Implementation Plan that was developed to replace the Norwegian-funded Science Programme has a broad scope: it details the actions required to meet the objectives of the Benguela Current Convention and is structured around eight themes, namely:

  1. Marine living resources;
  2. Non-living resources;
  3. Productivity and environmental variability;
  4. Pollution;
  5. Ecosystem health;
  6. Human dimensions;
  7. Potential for economic development; and
  8. Governance.

The Implementation Plan provides a framework for developing detailed science projects that address each of these themes.

The objective of this second phase of the BCLME Programme will be to deliver the following outcomes that reflect BCLME SAP implementation requirements and recommendations:

  • Strengthening the institutional capacity and effectiveness of the regional Benguela Current Commission;
  • Negotiating and securing an agreed and appropriate BCLME Treaty to support the BCC National Level;
  • Implementation of the BCLME SAP (through appropriate Policy, Legislative and Management Reforms), which are extended to the community level through the support of partners such as D-LIST;
  • Securing Sustainable Capacity for Long-Term Maintenance of the LME Management Components -Overall Capture and Transfer of Knowledge Products and Best Practices, and Information Networking through cooperation and coordination with GEF/IW:LEARN

Achievements: The Programme has been highly successful in developing regional partnerships in support of transboundary LME resource management, and in capturing accurate knowledge on ecosystem functions and trends. Also, the activities supported by the BCLME Programme have made a significant contribution to capacity building and knowledge enhancement and successfully captured vital information necessary for an integrated,

The Programme has been highly successful in developing regional partnerships in support of transboundary LME resource management, and in capturing accurate knowledge on ecosystem functions and trends. Also, the activities supported by the BCLME Programme have made a significant contribution to capacity building and knowledge enhancement and successfully captured vital information necessary for an integrated, ecosystem-based approach to LME management. Furthermore, regional collaboration at both the public and private sector levels has been significantly strengthened. A GEF co-sponsored initiative of the governments of Angola, Namibia and South Africa. UNDP will facilitate a regional treaty between the 3 countries identifying thematic areas and operational procedures for cooperation in sustainably managing the BCLME’s shared living marine resources and mitigating associated threats. This treaty will be administered and supported through a multinational Commission consisting of a Conference of Ministers, an overall management body and a series of management and technical groups supported by the countries and focusing on the priority LME policy actions as identified in the SAP (e.g. harmonised management of living marine resources, environmental variability and prediction, required adaptations to the effects of climate change on the ecosystem and its living resources, etc.).

See mid-term and terminal evaluation reports: http://iwlearn.net/iw-projects/3305/evaluations/bclme-sap-imp-midterm-evaluation-report/view

Budget: 
Total Original Budget: $5,138,460 
Latest Total Expenditure: $5,017,243 
Credit Remaining: $121,217

Contact details:

Physical address: 
NATMIRC Complex 
Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources 
1 Strand Street Swakopmund Namibia

Postal address:
Private Bag 5031
Swakopmund, Namibia
Telephone: +264 64 406901
Fax: +264 64 406902/3
Email (Executive Secretary): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Project contacts:

  • Nico E. Willemse, Senior Project Manager, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), BCLME SAP IMP Project
  • Hashali Hamukuaya, Executive Secretary, Benguela Current LME Programme
  • Abraham IYAMBO, Minister, Namibia; Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development,
  • Akiko Yamamoto, Regional Technical Adviser , United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 13:57

The main objective of the project is to develop and implement the first Human Milk Bank (HMB) in Cape Verde. The HBM aims to fight neonatal malnutrition by welcoming recently born children who face nutrition problems. The project will support the purchase of the necessary equipment, the technical training of national staff to process and perform quality controls of human breast milk, and the development and implementation of an information system for the HMB in the country. About 20 national experts will be trained to transform the HMB into a national reference.

Specific objectives:

  • Develop local strategies which have an impact on conditions of life (reducing morbidity rates and preventable deaths of new-borns in intensive and semi-intensive neonatal care units in countries that have implemented HMB).
  • Promote conditions for actors to endorse the Global Network of HMB´s objectives included in the 2005, 2010 and 2015 Brasilia Letters, signed by representatives of partner countries.
  • Build strategies and tools which encourage sustainable actions in the health sector for HMBs, such as technical regulations and laws that guide the implementation and operations of HMBs - as a public health strategy of cooperating countries.
  • Implement sectoral strategies and social policies in favour of breastfeeding and human milk donations in cooperating countries, such as the creation of the World Day of Human Milk Donation; mobilization during World Breastfeeding Week, promote forums and seminars, and maintain permanent communication channels.
  • Increase the efficiency of the management system within the framework of institutions holding HMB, with the development of monitoring tools and performance evaluation indicators of the countries’ which have implemented HMB.
  • Build methods of work which lead to community empowerment and social transformation in the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding, as well as in the promotion of human milk donations in cooperating countries.
  • Create educational and training material which responds to social and cultural diversity, for instance for actions which specifically target different aboriginal ethnic groups, hard of hearing people, and imprisoned women.
  • Stimulate innovative actions which increase technology and knowledge exchanges in the framework of breastfeeding and HMBs.

The project was initiated in September 2008 and completed in December 2013.

Achievements:

  1. The project participated in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing child mortality.
  2. The progress achieved so far in countries that have implemented the HMB confers legitimacy to the Global Network of HMBs as a global association that contributes to the health-related objectives included in the SDGs.
  3. The project allowed the creation and implementation of the first HMB in Africa to fight against child malnutrition.
  4. The solution not only establishes the Bank but also trains professionals in order for the Bank be sustained by locals.

Replication: The implementation of a HBM and training of qualified staff to operate the bank. In addition to its low-cost and positive impact, the HMB Network is recognized by WHO and UNDP as one of the initiatives that most contributed to human development in the Southern Hemisphere, by promoting practical solutions that can be replicated, scaled-up and adapted in other countries.

Budget: US$ 168,144.09 (total budget)

Contact details:
Governo da República Federativa do Brasil
Agência Brasileira de Cooperação
SAF/Sul Quadra 2, Lote 2, Bloco B, 4º Andar, Edifício Via Office
Brasília – DF, Brasil

Coordenação Geral de Cooperação Técnica Bilateral: 
Wofsi Yuri G. de Souza
Coordinator
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Juliana Fronzaglia
Manager
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The proposed long-term solution for biodiversity conservation in Togo is to strengthen the management of the system of protected areas (PA) through effective approaches to rehabilitation and management of PA. The Project is funded by West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). UNDP will help Togo develop prerequisites to be able to join in the coming years the initiative for the conservation of biodiversity led by Burkina Faso, Benin and Niger in partnership EU, WAEMU and UNDP.

Goal: Protect the globally significant biodiversity in Togo’s Savanna Biomes and ensure PA connectivity at the eco-regional level.

Objective: Strengthen Togo’s protected area system management to improve its contribution to the conservation of biodiversity by applying effective approaches to PA rehabilitation and management.

More information:

PA estate covering approximately 578,000 hectares, covering a large region in Togo

Running for five years, from 2012- 2017

PA operationalization of the OKM complex in Togo, with implementation at the site level of rehabilitation measures, participatory management arrangements and rehabilitation of connectivity at Eco-regional level.

Use of key monitoring tools, typical of GEF Biodiversity projects, these include the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool, or METT (Annex 2), which also includes UNDP’s PA System Financial Sustainability Scorecard.

Achievements:

  • Strengthened biodiversity conservation and PA management effectiveness of a rationalized PA system
  • Direct threats to the OKM complex biodiversity mitigated
  • Other outcomes yet to be published as project was just completed this year

Budget: USD 2,222,200

An amount USD 70,000 was reserved in the budget (from WAEMU funds) for the inclusion of the OKM Complex into the assessments of IUCN’s MIKE programme with respect to ecological management. The frequency is every 5 years.

Contact details: 

UNDP
Headquarters
UNDP Building,
109 Boulevard Félix Houphouët
Boigny P.O. Box 4596 Gamal Abdul Nasser Avenue,
Lomé, Republic of Togo.
Phone: +228 984 97933
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Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Operational Focal Point
Mr. Djiwonou Folly
Ministère de l`Environnement et des Ressources BP 355
Lomé, Togo
Tel: + 228 904 3608
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