Norwegian Church Aid in Zambia
- Presence established: 2003
- Funds used in 2015: 21.7 million NOK
Through a joint office and country program, NCA, Christian Aid (CA), and DanChurchAid (DCA) work together to empower rights-holders, especially women and youth. Through strong networks and alliances within Zambian civil society, we uphold and protect people’s dignity and promote their active participation in the development of their country.
JCP Zambia is a fully merged country programme comprising of three agencies: Christian Aid, Norwegian Church Aid and DanChurchAid, where funding, technical advice, lobby & advocacy, communication, administration is shared and coordinated. NCA is the lead agency.
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NCA, Christian Aid, and DCA have the technical expertise for undertaking the following four programmes, which focus on the mobilisation and active participation of the rights-holders in the targeted communities.
We support the active participation and oversight of the rights-holders in development of governmental policies and budgets for poverty reduction, and improved legal framework to govern mining industries. Moreover, we lobby the government to be more transparent and accountable in resource governance, for instance, 4 targeted advocacy initiatives were initiated on the domestication of African Mining Initiative, Freedom of Information, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and Public Resource Management
Aligned with Zambia’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Development Policy, the programme operates with a specific aim of securing opportunities and sustainable employment for the beneficiaries, especially women and youth. We facilitate the participation and mobilization of the beneficiaries in the informal sector especially in rural areas. Through micro or small enterprises, right-holders are provided with access to local and domestic markets, and entrepreneurship and vocational trainings. Value chain development within the agriculture sector is expected to yield surplus gains for the beneficiaries.
We work actively to reduce Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in our programme areas by challenging social norms that condone violence against women and girls. We also lobby for legislation pertaining to protection against and prosecution of GBV. Our collaboration on gender justice with civil society, in particular FBOs, has been very productive for social action to condemn GBV and diminish the influence of regressive customary gender practices. We enable increased participation of women in decision-making fora at local and national level and through partner organisations, provide safe, adequate and appropriate support services to GBV survivors.
We align our emergency response with Government’s approach through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit. We have a sustainable emergency response system embedded in networks and alliances with the Government, the UN agencies, Faith Actors, ACT Alliance’s and the ACT Zambia Forum, for a prompt response in case of an emergency. Since JCP is a member of the ACT Forum in Zambia, we will respond to disasters mainly through the Forum members in areas affected by extreme poverty and vulnerabilities due to droughts, and floods. JCP seeks to work with partners, to create synergy for advocacy and disaster risk reduction i.e. to integrate disaster mitigation, increase resilience and sustain livelihood sources and protection of communities.
Based on assessments of rights deficits, and vulnerability to climate change, we implement programmes in five provinces; North-Western, Western, Eastern, Southern and the Copperbelt, where JCP already has a significant presence through our partners.
Our partners are strategically placed to contribute towards JCP’s mandate. We work with a number of key partners that are well rooted in their communities and have an established record of defending rights of the marginalised. We work closely with FBOs in particular, given their outreach and credibility in the country.