Dirty water and poor sanitation is a major problem in Zambia in southern Africa, where 50 per cent of the population does not have access to sanitation. This has led to recurrent cholera outbreaks in many parts of the country.
As the world commemorated October 17th as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, key 'Buy Malawi' strategy stakeholders recognized the initiative as pivotal in tackling poverty in Malawi. Like most developing countries, a large proportion of the population generally prefer imported products and services to local ones.
The Growth and Development Strategy III (2017-2022) recognizes the value of volunteerism in increasing the productivity of youth and unemployed Malawians. It envisages the establishment of a national volunteer service programme.
The Ministries of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development and Finance, Economic Planning and Development will work closely with the National Youth Council of Malawi to develop a legal and regulatory framework on volunteerism, as well as an effective national coordination and implementation framework.
UNMISS was established in 2011 after South Sudan became the newest country on earth and works to deter violence, provide refuge at Protection of Civilian sites across the country, facilitate humanitarian assistance and investigate human rights violations. It is an impartial partner at national and sub-national level to political, religious, traditional and community leaders to foster reconciliation.
The people of South Sudan deserve to enjoy life, deserve to have food, water, electricity, education and a prosperous future for their children. This is the spirit of volunteerism for me – volunteering to make people’s lives better. --Ia Saakadze, UN Volunteer Air Operations Assistant
EMPOWERING YOUTH REFUGEES AS VOLUNTEERS
Malawi has limited road access to rural areas, and after a flash flood earth roads can turn to rivers, completely cutting off affected communities. Using drones, we fly over the affected area and see clearly what the impact has been on the ground, using this information to inform the disaster response.
The Disaster Coordinator, Blessings, called the crisis team together to discuss the assessment mission, the benefits of drones and how they can assist in coordinating the response.
Malawi tiene acceso limitado por carretera a las zonas rurales, y tras una inundación repentina los caminos pueden convertirse en ríos, aislando por completo a las comunidades afectadas. Usando drones, sobrevolamos el área afectada y vemos claramente cuál ha sido el impacto sobre el terreno, usando estos datos para determinar la respuesta de emergencia.
El coordinador de gestión de desastres, Blessings, convocó al equipo de emergencia para discutir la misión de evaluación, las ventajas de los drones, y cómo éstos pueden ayudar a coordinar la respuesta.
Le Malawi dispose d’un accès routier aux zones rurales limité et, après une crue éclair, les routes de terre peuvent se transformer en rivières, isolant complètement les communautés touchées. En utilisant des drones, nous survolons la zone sinistrée et pouvons constater clairement quel a été l’impact sur le terrain, puis transmettre cette information aux secours.
On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the UN pays homage to the victims of hunger and social exclusion to encourage multilateral partnerships that are based on solid, compassionate responses to their struggles. Poverty has numerous repercussions: hunger and food insecurity, increased crime and child mortality rates, political instability, corruption and dysfunctional governance. We are seeing now that poverty is a prime driver of violent extremism, breeding and intensifying conflicts worldwide.