Angola develops a recovery framework for the drought-affected southern provincesJun 28, 2017
Luanda, June 28th, 2017. “Angola will be the first country in the world in adopting a Post-Disaster Recovery Framework for Droughts to address the long-term impact of this socio-natural catastrophe, affecting 1.2 million people in the southern provinces since 2012,” stated Dr. Eugénio César Laborinho, the State Secretary of Interior and the National Civil Protection Commission (CNPC) during the National Workshop held in Luanda on 27-28 June 2017.
As a result of an exercise of evaluation of damages, losses and recovery needs, implemented by the Government of Angola with the support of UNDP, the World Bank and the European Union in 2016, a drought recovery strategy with a proposed budget of USD 465 million was initially identified for the most affected provinces of Cunene, Huila and Namibe. The 2012-2016 Droughts Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) process comprised a series of an extended consultations with national, sectorial, provincial, local and traditional authorities.
Based on the results of PDNA, this month, subsequent consultation and planning, involving sectorial ministries, UN agencies, civil society and academia concluded with the elaboration of the first draft of the Post-Disaster Recovery Framework for the period of 5 years from 2018 to 2022. The framework includes: vision and principles; short, medium and long terms actions per sector; financial needs and instruments; implementation instruments; as well as a coordination and monitoring structure. The establishment of a co-leadership, coordinated by CNPC is considered a solid step towards implementation and sustainability of the defined recovery actions that mainstream disaster risk reduction and enhancement of governance as key guiding principles.
At the closing ceremony of the National Workshop, the State Secretary of Interior highlighted the commitment of the Angolan Executive to the implementation of the recovery actions, the co-leadership and coordination comprising the ministries of Planning, Finance and Territorial Administration, as well as the creation of a “resilience fund” to orient and support the national and international efforts for resilient recovery in the targeted provinces of Huila, Namibe and Cunene.
In a dialogue between the CNPC sector ministry members and development partners facilitated at the end of the 2-day workshop, while commending the ongoing efforts, the representatives of the World Bank and the European Union referred to the need of identifying financial options for retention of disaster risk, such as contingency response and recovery, and risk transfer, in particular the introduction of insurance products in Angola.
Angola’s 2012-2016 Droughts PDNA reported that deteriorating conditions in the southern region and limited humanitarian funding requires a drought recovery programme be given high priority. It also recommended that the programme should also consider longer-term sustainable measures to reduce the vulnerability and associated risk of the local population to future droughts, floods and the growing impact of climate change.