WINDHOEK: Namibia is one of the leading countries worldwide when it comes to the guiding principles behind the camp coordination and camp management capacity-building programme. Implemented in June this year, the programme run by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in partnership with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) aims to enhance national capacity and preparedness in camp coordination and camp management to ensure that needs of displaced populations are effectively identified, referred and addressed in the event of natural disasters.
This was revealed by the Head of the IOM in Namibia, Elham Pourazar at the launch of the Disaster Preparedness Actions and the Coordination and Management of Relocation Camps for Internally Displaced People in Namibia in the capital on Monday.
She said Namibia has been at the forefront when it comes to the programme with regards to ownership, partnership, contextual relevance, low cost methodology and sustainability.
This, she added, “has made the Namibia model a global best practice with countries such as Pakistan and Colombia already adopting the same approach to camp coordination and camp management capacity-building.”
According to Pourazar, the programme will shortly also be expanded to Botswana and Mozambique under the leadership of and with support from Namibia as a way of strengthening inter-regional exchange within the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region.
All this, she noted is very timely as it aligns with the parallel efforts of the Namibian Government in terms of institutionalising disaster risk management through the recently enacted Disaster Risk Management Act as well as the development of corresponding regulations.
Pourazar also mentioned that IOM has reached the advanced stages of the development of a national emergency information portal for better information sharing, coordination and communication in times of disaster.
Equally, Namibia will soon have its own standards manual and standards calculator which will assist in needs-based planning, according to minimum standards in humanitarian response, to ensure a right to life with dignity among affected populations, she stressed.
The IOM Head said since 2011, Namibia has had a pool of 39 trained and certified trainers who through their commitment and dedication to what they do have served as a key resource in Namibia in the area of displacement prevention and camp coordination and camp management preparedness and response.
She added that provided with coaching and equipped with a contextualised training package and tools, these 39 trainers are training national actors within government and the Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS), regional disaster risk management committees, constituency councils and most-at-risk communities.
“The idea is to institutionalise the concept of capacity-building as a preparedness measure and deliver low-cost trainings as a way of strengthening the camp coordination and camp management sector within the national disaster risk management framework in Namibia,” Pourazar stated.