Norwegian Church Aid in Angola
- Been here since: 1975
- Money spent in 2015: 30.6 million NOK
In Angola, NCA promotes citizen empowerment, particularly of women and youth, as a core strategy in all our programmes to facilitate a process whereby citizens actively take part in the defence of their rights.
More than 1,4 million Congolese have fled from the atrocities and war in the Kasai-region in southern Congo. Tens of thousand have entered Angola, a neighboring country, as they flee for their lives from Congo, and NCA is there right now to help.
In 2017, NCA started a refugee response in Dundo in Northern Angola, far from NCA's office in Luanda. NCA Angola has not had any emergency responses during the last few years and this response is very different from the work that our colleagues there normally do.
All programmes have a specific citizen centred advocacy component, especially including women and youth; in order to ensure human rights based approach is fully integrated in our programme interventions pertaining to resource governance, climate resilience, and WASH.
Through programme interventions, we assist right holders, especially women, to have equal access to market and in establishment of small and micro enterprises. We have helped set up rural cooperatives with on-going technical and commercial/business skills training. Through training and proper market assessments, beneficiaries lobby the government and other potential capital investors for credit to fund micro and small enterprises
Our programme focus is to empower citizens in communities, affected by the extractive industry, to lobby for sustainable development and pro-poor budgets, in particular with the help of Participatory Poverty Assessments (PPAs). Through active collaboration between secular and faith-based organisations, we provide venues and safe spaces for citizens to engage in social monitoring, and dialogue with the government to implement transparent legislative frameworks. Beneficiaries are provided with relevant budgetary oversight and legislation training, in addition to awareness raising on capital flight and public finance transparency.
We assist and educate the communities in climate change mitigation strategies related to sustainable food production and water management via the application of conservation farming and DRR plans. Our faith-based partners activism to fight for climate justice has shown impressive results in grassroots mobilisation to deal with sudden and slow onset climate change and lobbying the government to develop and implement national and local climate change adaptation plans.
In close cooperation with our partners in the ACT alliance, Lutheran World Federation, Bread for the World (BftW), and Council of Christian Churches (CICA), our central aim is to increase the efficiency, and effectiveness of the ecumenical humanitarian response to communities affected by disasters. Our emergency response is primarily through WASH services with inbuilt gender sensitive programming in line with the obligations under International humanitarian standards. Currently, there is no UN led humanitarian coordination in Angola. The main responsibility for emergency coordination and intervention is with the Civil Protection Unit (CPU) under the Ministry of Interior and we work closely with CPU at local and national level, in response to emergencies.
We operate in several provinces. Luanda will remain the focus of many of our human rights and advocacy partnerships, being the centre of power in Angola.
The resource governance programme operates in Zaire, Kwanza Sul, Uige, Benguela and Huila provinces. To mitigate the impact of climate change we focus on Zaire, Huila, Cunene, Bengo and Kwanza-Sul. Our Economic Empowerment programme has programmes in Luanda, Zaire and Benguela. On behalf of the ACT Alliance, we have also delivered emergency response in Huíla and Cunene.
We actively promote collaboration between Angolan faith-based and secular organisations over development goals. We have also built “South-South” strategic experience-sharing and networking opportunities by bringing together partners from Brazil and Angola.