GVC (Italy), Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain) and Acci ó n contra el Hambre (Spain) are international non-governmental organizations having joined their expertise in management of humanitarian action worldwide and now implement the “ EU Aid Volunteers strengthening the resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities in Middle East, Africa, Southern and Central America” project.
The objective is adding value to Commission’s European Civil Protection And Humanitarian Aid Operations Department and other Humanitarian Operations with the support of 33 trained EU Aid Volunteers working within 19 hosting organizations in 12 Countries.
17 senior (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 16 junior (less than 5 years of professional experience) EU Aid Volunteers will be deployed in 12 countries (Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Guatemala, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Palestine, Peru, Tunisia).
The project aims also at building the capacities of local organizations in hosting volunteers, preventing emergencies and being prepared in case of disaster.
Moreover, Europeans and locals will work together to strengthen the resilience capacity of vulnerable communities in least developed and fragile countries.
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In the framework of this project GVC deploys 2 EU Aid Volunteers to Mozambique. To know more EUAV opportunities in this and other Countries with GVC please consult this page: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-volontariato-civile_en Operational details & security context
The majority of countries in Southern African and the Indian Ocean Region (SAIO) are currently affected by a widespread food security crisis as a result of the El Niño phenomenon which has developed since early 2015.
Mozambique lies on the east coast of Southern Africa bordering the Mozambique Channel, between South Africa and Tanzania. With the size of 801,590 km² and its 28 million inhabitants the country ‘strong ties to the region’s economic engine, South Africa, underscore the importance of its economic, political and social development to the stability and growth of Southern Africa as a whole.
Mozambique is predominantly a country of emigration, but more recently internal labor migration is on the increase as the economy opens up to extractives and energy companies. At present, there continue to be significant emergency operations, recovery and development challenges coupled with cross-cutting concerns such as the spread of HIV and AIDS, human smuggling and recent increases in irregular migration. Currently, there is a large increase in irregular migrants from the Horn of Africa. Many of these irregular migrants come from Somalia and Ethiopia and seek asylum in Mozambique. However, many also try to move onward to South Africa.
Since October 2015, at least 10,000 people have fled to neighboring Malawi and Zimbabwe because of abuses committed by the army and RENAMO fighters. On 2016, the number of internally displaced people continued to grow, forcing the government to set up camps in Manica province, where authorities said over 1,000 families were living ( www.hrw.org/world-report/2017/country-chapters/mozambique). Nevertheless, RENAMO has maintained armed militias and from time to time parts of the center of the country have witnessed active conflict between its residual militia and Mozambique’s armed forces. Thus, on March 2016 there were several meetings for political mediation aimed at abandoning arms and returning to political dialogue, like those between the EU HR/VP Federica Mogherini and the President Nyusi. Even if President Nyusi (from FRELIMO party) initially welcomed the EU's engagement in supporting Mozambique to overcome the current crisis, on April 2017 he has announced the end of involvement of international meditators in the country's peace process, as the population had demanded a greater role of the political representatives of RENAMO and FRELIMO and reduced international intervention in the pacification of the country ( https://www.iom.int/countries/mozambique)
Peace talks between the two parties have gathered momentum in 2017, however. President Filipe Nyusi met Renamo leader, Afonso Dhlakama, in August. Working groups are developing recommendations on political decentralization and military affairs for endorsement by parliament, set for February 2018. Meanwhile, the ruling party’s congress in September 2017 marked an important political milestone in the run up to municipal (2018), presidential, legislative, and provincial (2019) elections.
The economic situation and the living conditions of the population have been aggravated by the long period of drought caused by El Niño. It happened especially in the centre and the south of the country. Moreover, a consistent population displacement from the rural to the urban areas, an impoverishment of the agricultural and pastoral assets and a nutritional risk due to the absence of proper harvest. This also meant that the resources for the agriculture had to be used for the alimentation, reducing the production also in the future.
GVC - Gruppo Di Volontariato Civile - has been working in Mozambique since 2000 in many areas of the country and is currently taking permanent action in the provinces of Maputo and Cabo Delgado in the food security and education sectors. In Mozambique we support small producers, family agriculture, autonomy and consumption of local products, as well as a fair access to markets and the protection of rights of agricultural workers. We fight food insecurity, malnutrition and exploitation of natural and human resources. Improving access to food and increasing sustainable agricultural production represents GVC’s strategy in Food Security. In the educational sector, GVC’s actions focus on literacy and vocational training, mainly for female and young population, through the promotion of a community-based approach which highlights local knowledge, reinforcing the relationship between community and school in combating school drop-out and social exclusion.
The safety & security situation in Mozambique is influenced by the political conflict between FRELIMO (party in power) and RENAMO (the political opposition party), that have been in peace since the 2017 peace agreement. The clashes are located in Sofala, Manica, Zambezia and Tete provinces, whereas GVC Mozambique works in the district of Pemba in Capo Delgado province and in Maputo city and province. The framework of political and social context in these two regions can be considered almost safe without particular risks for GVC expatriated, volunteers and local staff.
GVC Italia has elaborated the Safety Measures Guidelines as well as the Safety and Evacuation Plan and a Local Operational Manual for all its local offices (all the documents are regularly updated). The Local operational manual for Mozambique has been realized with the support of the GVC Mozambique staff, specifically arranged in accordance with the local environment taking into account the specific existing risks in order to develop appropriate security, health and safety procedures for staff. Due to the differences between the two contexts, a specific focus on the two areas is included in the plan. A copy of the manual is given to the staff and EU Aid Volunteers before reaching the Country and also disseminate to the local staff.
GVC Mozambique guarantees appropriate living and health condition for its staff. No particular health risks are identified. No specific vaccination needed. Malaria, tuberculosis, cholera and HIV are prevented with normal precautionary behavior targeted during the in-country induction.
(Actually, if you come from one of the Yellow Fever List countries, you need it`s vaccine certification)
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
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