Nemus co-organizes workshop in Johannesburg within SADC Disaster Risk Reduction Programme

During the week of 20 to 24 of January 2020 a workshop was held in the city of Johannesburg to present and discuss the projects within SADC’s (Southern African Development Community) “Strengthening the disaster risk reduction coordination, planning and policy advisory capacity of the SADC and research collaboration on DRR in Southern Africa” Programme. The workshop was organized by Nemus and SRK Consulting, the two companies responsible for the four projects currently being developed within this programme.

Representatives of 14 SADC Member States participated in the workshop: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Members from SADC, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), FAO, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the UNFPA – United Nations Populations Fund, the OXFAM, the Southern African Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and from the World Bank also participated.

Overall, the workshop had more than 60 participants and experts in disaster risk reduction. Nemus participated with a team of four members who was directly involved in the facilitation of plenary sessions and breakaway sessions.

In the plenary sessions the objectives of the different projects and the DRR policies currently implemented by each Member State were presented and the Member States’ participation in the “peer review” were also discussed, which is part of one of Nemus’ projects. Besides presenting the two projects that it is developing, Nemus was also chairman in the Member-States presentations on their DRR policies.

In the breakaway sessions, Nemus prepared and took part in the “Policy, Legal and Institutional Frameworks, Fund arrangements” session and the “ICT/IKMS/Data management & info sharing” session (both in regard to the projects that it is developing). The breakaway sessions aimed at debating particular questions and gathering a more detailed opinion of the Member States.