Sustainable Resettlement

 
On October 13, 2017, Meheba resettlement scheme in Kalumbila District, North-Western province was a hive of activity as it received high-level visitors. The purpose of the visit was to witness several development interventions being implemented by Government line ministries, UN agencies, International partners and Civil Society Organisations. 
Under the leadership of UNDP, the UN in Zambia has taken over the Local Integration Programme of former Refugees and initiated the Promoting Human Security through Sustainable Resettlement Programme. The initial investments to support this 5-year Programme have been made by the Japanese Government, the US Government and UNDP amounting to $2,087,000, $600,000 and $60,000, respectively. 
 
Since 2017, UNDP has supported the Department of Resettlement to take the lead role and ensure project sustainability. As such, two United Nations Volonteers were recruited to work as scheme coordinators in the field under the Department of Resettlement. A fully equipped office and transport were also provided. Meetings with the District Development Coordination Committees were organized to ensure that the resettlement schemes are part of local and provincial plans. UNICEF has also supported the programme in taking the lead role in Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) interventions by providing access to clean and safe water, while UN HABITAT has taken the role of improving shelter and opening of access roads.
 
During the handover of the Government’s coordination office, the Minister in the Office of the Vice President,   Silvia Chalikosa noted that Government, through the Department of Resettlement and Provincial administration cannot fulfil all the requirements for making Meheba a habitable place for everyone without the support of the local people and other partners. She stressed that the private sector is therefore a critical partner in the country’s drive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).