Angola Builds Displacement Camp Management Capacity
GENEVA, Switzerland, November 7, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- IOM Angola this week organized a three-day workshop on Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) for 25 disaster management officials from Angola's Civil Protection Service and Ministry of Social Assistance.
The aim of the workshop was to explore how to address the displacement of people by natural disasters; the roles and responsibilities in managing a camp; the protection of the most vulnerable; the participation of communities; and recovery strategies and solutions for displaced people, in line with international CCCM standards.
Southern Africa is a region prone to natural disasters, including floods, cyclones, earthquakes, droughts and bush fires. Countries in this part of the continent are experiencing climate change characterized by extreme weather conditions resulting in population displacement in both rural and urban settings.
Angola suffers from recurrent dry spells and flooding, which have become increasingly destructive, resulting in forced displacement, destruction of economic assets and livelihoods, massive damage to infrastructure, deaths and injuries, as well as occasional outbreaks of waterborne and hygiene-related diseases.
The camp management workshop was tailored to the Angolan context and will be followed in the coming weeks by a “Training for Trainers” programme.
The project is part of an IOM regional programme, funded by USAID/OFDA, targeting six countries in the region (Mozambique, Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, and Zambia) to enhance their national capacity to respond before, during and after natural disasters. In Angola, the project is implemented in close partnership with the National Commission for Civil Protection (CNPC).