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The Resignation of Harry Kalaba and the need to Reclaim Zambia from the Scourge of Corruption - OASIS Forum Press Statement

OASIS FORUM PRESS STATEMENT DATED 4TH JANUARY 2018 ON THE RESIGNATION OF HARRY KALABA AND THE NEED TO RECLAIM ZAMBIA FROM THE SCOURGE OF CORRUPTION.

A new year brings with it the promise of a new and better start in life. Over the past year, Zambia has seen an increasing and unmitigated level of corruption and abuse of public resources. Two days ago, Zambia witnessed the resignation of a senior member of the Cabinet, Harry Kalaba, for the first time over twenty years on the basis of alleged corruption and mismanagement of public resources. This was precedented by the dismissal of another top Minister of government, Lucky Mulusa, who made similar allegations. For the Oasis Forum, this signals the fact that corruption and abuse of public resources in the country has reached new alarming and deplorable levels. It is literally stealing food from the mouths of our many needy and hungry children.

The State of the Nation 2016 – June 2017

The Holy Father, Pope Francis,argues that if indeed "the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics," the Church, "cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice" (Cf. EvangeliiGaudium, #183).

Since 1999, Caritas Zambia has been publishing an annual State of the Nation report aimed atanalysing the social-economic and political situation of the previous year. The State of the Nation then, was normally released every January. In this new structure of the publication, Caritas Zambia will be producing an analysis of the State of the Nation covering the period from June of the previous year, to June the following year. The analysis will cover key government decisions and policies pertaining to social - economic and political situation of the country and their impact on the livelihoods of the people, especially the poor.

This new look State of the Nation is being published at a time when Zambia has experienced numerous social-economic and political challenges that have shaken its resolve to promote and uphold the tenets of democracy. Caritas Zambia regrets to note that since 2013, there has been a heightened level of political violence resulting from political intolerance among the leaders of major political parties and their followers. The opposition political parties have been, more often than not, on the receiving end. They have been denied freedom to mobilize Zambians in order to sell their messages and on numerous occasions, they were met with police brutality. The incidences involving Dr. Nevers Mumba, the MMD leader, who was forced to meet his supporters in the bush in Eastern Province as a result of police teargasing the hall where the meeting was taking place and Mr. Hakainde Hichilema, the UPND President, whose house was raided in the middle of the night, are such cases in point. At the core of this undemocratic behavior were the Zambia Police who were clearly biased in the execution of their duties especially when dealing with violent behavior of the ruling party cadres and that of the opposition. Many times members of the opposition took complaints to the police, they ended up being arrested and accused of causing the breach of peace and being violent themselves. This created the impunity that we saw before and after the 2016 elections and somewhat continues up to the time of this analysis. What happened to the people who attacked mourners at the memorial park cemetery during the burial of a UPND supporter? What investigations have been done to find the culprits of this incident? So those who committed the heinous crime at the grave-site are laughing away with impunity, while the victims are nursing life-long wounds and scars.

Our collective failure to realize the danger that was being created by introducing cadres in the civil service has brought us to where we are today. Despite being a deeply polarized and divided nation, there are many who continue to burry their heads in the sand and pretend that all is well.

Unfortunately, the over-shadowing nature of political tension in Zambia has been affecting economic performance of the country. During the whole of 2016, the prices of commodities kept rising and the livelihoods of most people were becoming unbearable. While this was happening, social services were under pressure. Hospitals were running without essential drugs and the quality of education especially in public schools was deteriorating. Although schools and health centers were being built, the government was not employing adequate personnel to run them. These and other issues form the bulk of this analysis and we hope that our voice will be heard not only by those who govern, but also the ordinary men and women in Zambia, whose rights are indispensable.

Caritas Zambia hopes and prays that concrete steps will be taken by all key stakeholders in this nation to address the critical issues affecting our people, especially those that are poor and neglected. Indeed, time has come for us to engage in genuine dialogue aimed at reconciliation at all levels; political, economic, social, ethical and spiritual.

Fr. Cleophas Lungu

ZCCB Secretary General

The entire State of the Nation can be downloaded here: http://caritaszambia.org/index.php/publications/state-of-the-nation/file/121-the-state-of-the-nation-2016-june-2017

Statement of the Coalition for an Effective SADC Tribunal on Reinstatement of the SADC Tribunal (with access to individuals), addressed to the SADC member states (17/08/2016)

On the occasion of the 36th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC Summit), we the undersigned members of the Coalition for an Effective SADC Tribunal, are raising serious concerns over state parties insistence in denying access to justice to the citizenry of this region as per the revised SADC Tribunal Protocol. The Protocol strips the Tribunal of its jurisdiction to hear complaints from individual citizens of SADC. This is inspite of the guaranteed right for people’s participation in the SADC Declaration and Treaty under Article 23.

SADC remains an important sub-regional community though still characterized by varying atrocities and human rights violations with impunity, human and drug trafficking, violence against women and children, migration, mineral exploitation, election rigging and other concerns which the SADC Heads of State and Government committed to address in line with SADC Protocols. However therevised SADC Tribunal Protocol is in conflict with the SADC Declaration and Treaty and undermines human rights protection in the region. It further, limits citizens, civil society organizations and other non-states actors’accessto the Tribunal by only granting this access to state parties.

The SADC Tribunal was designed to be a fair impartial court where citizens could hold their governments accountable and seek redress for the violation of rights and the current Protocol threatens these important rights. Therefore we once again call on member states that have signed the revised SADC Tribunal Protocol to refrain from ratifying the revised Protocol as it violates and runs counter to the spirit and principles of the SADC Treaty, including the protection of human rights, rule of law, democracy and public participation.In addition, the revised Protocol, by removing a forum for access to justice in the region, may be responsible for aggravating human rightsviolations in the SADC region. We further call on those who have not signed to refrain from signing and to advocate for an inclusive Tribunal that will serve the needs of the people of SADC.

Signed by Members of the Coalition for an Effective SADC Tribunal:

  1. Associação Justiça, Paz e Democracia,  (Angola)
  2. Auwal Socio-Economic Research Institute, ( South Africa)
  3. Caritas Zambia
  4. Centre For Human Rights-Pretoria, (South Africa)
  5. Centro de Estudos Moçambicanos e Internacionais, (Mozambique)
  6. Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (Malawi),
  7. Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, (South Africa)
  8. Citizen Engagement Platform Seychelles, (Seychelles)
  9. CIVICUS, (South Africa)
  10. Lawyers for Human Rights-Swaziland, (Swaziland)
  11. Malawi Law Society, (Malawi)
  12. Human Rights Institute of South Africa, (South Africa)
  13. Institute For Democracy and Leadership, (Swaziland)
  14. South African Litigation Centre (South Africa)
  15. Southern African Christian Initiative (Namibia)
  16. SADC-CNGO (Botswana)
  17. Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (Zimbabwe)

Call for Expression of Interest - Development of Training Manual

Caritas Zambia is calling for expression of interest from interested candidates to develop and produce the Caritas Zambia Child Protection training manual.

If interested, please, download the TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION OF CARITAS ZAMBIA CHILD PROTECTION TRAINING MANUAL here:  http://caritaszambia.org/index.php/publications/general/file/120-terms-of-reference-for-the-development-production-of-caritas-zambia-child-protection-training-manual.

Chibesa Ngulube Ngwira,

Knowledge Management Officer,

CARITAS ZAMBIA

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis on the first World Day of the Poor: ‘Let us love, not with words but with deeds’

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

FIRST WORLD DAY OF THE POOR

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

19 November 2017

Let us love, not with words but with deeds

1. “Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in deed and in truth” (1 Jn 3:18). These words of the Apostle John voice an imperative that no Christian may disregard. The seriousness with which the “beloved disciple” hands down Jesus’ command to our own day is made even clearer by the contrast between the empty words so frequently on our lips and the concrete deeds against which we are called to measure ourselves. Love has no alibi. Whenever we set out to love as Jesus loved, we have to take the Lord as our example; especially when it comes to loving the poor. The Son of God’s way of loving is well-known, and John spells it out clearly. It stands on two pillars: God loved us first (cf. 1 Jn 4:10.19), and he loved us by giving completely of himself, even to laying down his life (cf. 1 Jn 3:16).

Such love cannot go unanswered. Even though offered unconditionally, asking nothing in return, it so sets hearts on fire that all who experience it are led to love back, despite their limitations and sins. Yet this can only happen if we welcome God’s grace, his merciful charity, as fully as possible into our hearts, so that our will and even our emotions are drawn to love both God and neighbour. In this way, the mercy that wells up – as it were – from the heart of the Trinity can shape our lives and bring forth compassion and works of mercy for the benefit of our brothers and sisters in need. 

 2. “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him” (Ps 34:6). The Church has always understood the importance of this cry. We possess an outstanding testimony to this in the very first pages of the Acts of the Apostles, where Peter asks that seven men, “full of the Spirit and of wisdom” (6:3), be chosen for the ministry of caring for the poor. This is certainly one of the first signs of the entrance of the Christian community upon the world’s stage: the service of the poor. The earliest community realized that being a disciple of Jesus meant demonstrating fraternity and solidarity, in obedience to the Master’s proclamation that the poor are blessed and heirs to the Kingdom of heaven (cf. Mt 5:3).

“They sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need” (Acts 2:45). In these words, we see clearly expressed the lively concern of the first Christians. The evangelist Luke, who more than any other speaks of mercy, does not exaggerate when he describes the practice of sharing in the early community. On the contrary, his words are addressed to believers in every generation, and thus also to us, in order to sustain our own witness and to encourage our care for those most in need. The same message is conveyed with similar conviction by the Apostle James. In his Letter, he spares no words: “Listen, my beloved brethren. Has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonoured the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you, and drag you into court? ... What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled”, without giving them the things needed for the body; what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it has not works, is dead’ (2:5-6.14-17).

3. Yet there have been times when Christians have not fully heeded this appeal, and have assumed a worldly way of thinking. Yet the Holy Spirit has not failed to call them to keep their gaze fixed on what is essential. He has raised up men and women who, in a variety of ways, have devoted their lives to the service of the poor. Over these two thousand years, how many pages of history have been written by Christians who, in utter simplicity and humility, and with generous and creative charity, have served their poorest brothers and sisters!

The most outstanding example is that of Francis of Assisi, followed by many other holy men and women over the centuries. He was not satisfied to embrace lepers and give them alms, but chose to go to Gubbio to stay with them. He saw this meeting as the turning point of his conversion: “When I was in my sins, it seemed a thing too bitter to look on lepers, and the Lord himself led me among them and I showed them mercy. And when I left them, what had seemed bitter to me was changed into sweetness of mind and body” (Text 1-3: FF 110). This testimony shows the transformative power of charity and the Christian way of life.

We may think of the poor simply as the beneficiaries of our occasional volunteer work, or of impromptu acts of generosity that appease our conscience. However good and useful such acts may be for making us sensitive to people’s needs and the injustices that are often their cause, they ought to lead to a true encounter with the poor and a sharing that becomes a way of life. Our prayer and our journey of discipleship and conversion find the confirmation of their evangelic authenticity in precisely such charity and sharing. This way of life gives rise to joy and peace of soul, because we touch with our own hands the flesh of Christ. If we truly wish to encounter Christ, we have to touch his body in the suffering bodies of the poor, as a response to the sacramental communion bestowed in the Eucharist. The Body of Christ, broken in the sacred liturgy, can be seen, through charity and sharing, in the faces and persons of the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters. Saint John Chrysostom’s admonition remains ever timely: “If you want to honour the body of Christ, do not scorn it when it is naked; do not honour the Eucharistic Christ with silk vestments, and then, leaving the church, neglect the other Christ suffering from cold and nakedness” (Hom. in Matthaeum, 50.3: PG 58).

We are called, then, to draw near to the poor, to encounter them, to meet their gaze, to embrace them and to let them feel the warmth of love that breaks through their solitude. Their outstretched hand is also an invitation to step out of our certainties and comforts, and to acknowledge the value of poverty in itself. 

4. Let us never forget that, for Christ’s disciples, poverty is above all a call to follow Jesus in his own poverty. It means walking behind him and beside him, a journey that leads to the beatitude of the Kingdom of heaven (cf. Mt 5:3; Lk 6:20). Poverty means having a humble heart that accepts our creaturely limitations and sinfulness and thus enables us to overcome the temptation to feel omnipotent and immortal. Poverty is an interior attitude that avoids looking upon money, career and luxury as our goal in life and the condition for our happiness. Poverty instead creates the conditions for freely shouldering our personal and social responsibilities, despite our limitations, with trust in God’s closeness and the support of his grace. Poverty, understood in this way, is the yardstick that allows us to judge how best to use material goods and to build relationships that are neither selfish nor possessive (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, Nos. 25-45).

Let us, then, take as our example Saint Francis and his witness of authentic poverty. Precisely because he kept his gaze fixed on Christ, Francis was able to see and serve him in the poor. If we want to help change history and promote real development, we need to hear the cry of the poor and commit ourselves to ending their marginalization. At the same time, I ask the poor in our cities and our communities not to lose the sense of evangelical poverty that is part of their daily life.

5. We know how hard it is for our contemporary world to see poverty clearly for what it is. Yet in myriad ways poverty challenges us daily, in faces marked by suffering, marginalization, oppression, violence, torture and imprisonment, war, deprivation of freedom and dignity, ignorance and illiteracy, medical emergencies and shortage of work, trafficking and slavery, exile, extreme poverty and forced migration. Poverty has the face of women, men and children exploited by base interests, crushed by the machinations of power and money. What a bitter and endless list we would have to compile were we to add the poverty born of social injustice, moral degeneration, the greed of a chosen few, and generalized indifference!

Tragically, in our own time, even as ostentatious wealth accumulates in the hands of the privileged few, often in connection with illegal activities and the appalling exploitation of human dignity, there is a scandalous growth of poverty in broad sectors of society throughout our world. Faced with this scenario, we cannot remain passive, much less resigned. There is a poverty that stifles the spirit of initiative of so many young people by keeping them from finding work. There is a poverty that dulls the sense of personal responsibility and leaves others to do the work while we go looking for favours. There is a poverty that poisons the wells of participation and allows little room for professionalism; in this way it demeans the merit of those who do work and are productive. To all these forms of poverty we must respond with a new vision of life and society.

All the poor – as Blessed Paul VI loved to say – belong to the Church by “evangelical right” (Address at the Opening of the Second Session of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, 29 September 1963), and require of us a fundamental option on their behalf. Blessed, therefore, are the open hands that embrace the poor and help them: they are hands that bring hope. Blessed are the hands that reach beyond every barrier of culture, religion and nationality, and pour the balm of consolation over the wounds of humanity. Blessed are the open hands that ask nothing in exchange, with no “ifs” or “buts” or “maybes”: they are hands that call down God’s blessing upon their brothers and sisters.

 6. At the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy, I wanted to offer the Church a World Day of the Poor, so that throughout the world Christian communities can become an ever greater sign of Christ’s charity for the least and those most in need. To the World Days instituted by my Predecessors, which are already a tradition in the life of our communities, I wish to add this one, which adds to them an exquisitely evangelical fullness, that is, Jesus’ preferential love for the poor.

I invite the whole Church, and men and women of good will everywhere, to turn their gaze on this day to all those who stretch out their hands and plead for our help and solidarity. They are our brothers and sisters, created and loved by the one Heavenly Father. This Day is meant, above all, to encourage believers to react against a culture of discard and waste, and to embrace the culture of encounter. At the same time, everyone, independent of religious affiliation, is invited to openness and sharing with the poor through concrete signs of solidarity and fraternity. God created the heavens and the earth for all; yet sadly some have erected barriers, walls and fences, betraying the original gift meant for all humanity, with none excluded.

7. It is my wish that, in the week preceding the World Day of the Poor, which falls this year on 19 November, the Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Christian communities will make every effort to create moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance. They can invite the poor and volunteers to take part together in the Eucharist on this Sunday, in such a way that there be an even more authentic celebration of the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, on the following Sunday. The kingship of Christ is most evident on Golgotha, when the Innocent One, nailed to the cross, poor, naked and stripped of everything, incarnates and reveals the fullness of God’s love. Jesus’ complete abandonment to the Father expresses his utter poverty and reveals the power of the Love that awakens him to new life on the day of the Resurrection.

This Sunday, if there are poor people where we live who seek protection and assistance, let us draw close to them: it will be a favourable moment to encounter the God we seek. Following the teaching of Scripture (cf. Gen 18:3-5; Heb 13:2), let us welcome them as honoured guests at our table; they can be teachers who help us live the faith more consistently. With their trust and readiness to receive help, they show us in a quiet and often joyful way, how essential it is to live simply and to abandon ourselves to God’s providence. 

8. At the heart of all the many concrete initiatives carried out on this day should always be prayer. Let us not forget that the Our Father is the prayer of the poor. Our asking for bread expresses our entrustment to God for our basic needs in life. Everything that Jesus taught us in this prayer expresses and brings together the cry of all who suffer from life’s uncertainties and the lack of what they need. When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, he answered in the words with which the poor speak to our one Father, in whom all acknowledge themselves as brothers and sisters. The Our Father is a prayer said in the plural: the bread for which we ask is “ours”, and that entails sharing, participation and joint responsibility. In this prayer, all of us recognize our need to overcome every form of selfishness, in order to enter into the joy of mutual acceptance.

 9. I ask my brother Bishops, and all priests and deacons who by their vocation have the mission of supporting the poor, together with all consecrated persons and all associations, movements and volunteers everywhere, to help make this World Day of the Poor a tradition that concretely contributes to evangelization in today’s world. This new World Day, therefore, should become a powerful appeal to our consciences as believers, allowing us to grow in the conviction that sharing with the poor enables us to understand the deepest truth of the Gospel. The poor are not a problem: they are a resource from which to draw as we strive to accept and practise in our lives the essence of the Gospel.

From the Vatican, 13 June 2017

Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua

Francis

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CARITAS Zambia Bulletin 2nd Edition 2017

Editor’s Note

We are glad that you have continued to take interest in the work of Caritas Zambia by constantly interacting with us on our various media platforms (website, Facebook, twitter). We also want to appreciate the many stakeholders that have accessed our resource centre and made use of our wide variety of literature on pertinent subjects on development, justice and peace.

2017 has so far been a great year for Caritas Zambia as the team has been part of great milestones not only for Zambia but most importantly the communities we serve, to ensure that each person attains integral development.

We hosted a successful first provincial mining Indaba in Northwestern, which has set the pace for other provinces.

We are also delighted to have been awarded the best NGO exhibit, 2nd place, in the 2017 Agriculture and commercial show in which we exhibited under the domesticated theme "125 years of promoting a green economy."

We hope you enjoy more of what has been our 2017 so far, through this bulletin.

Find the entire bulletin here: http://caritaszambia.org/index.php/publications/quarterly-bulletin/file/118-caritas-zambia-bulletin-2nd-edition-2017

Chibesa Ngulube Ngwira

Knowledge Management Officer

Caritas distributes food relief at Moniar Ghona camp 2, Uhkia, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo by Caritas Bangladesh

Ensure the Right to Food, protect Human Dignity everywhere: make Migration a free choice, not a necessity

The Caritas worldwide Confederation salutes the recurrence of World Food Day 2017 and welcomes the opportunity to dedicate it to Migration, a theme that - together with Food Security - is very much at the heart of Caritas concern and daily work. Poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition are among the root causes of migration.

Caritas defends human dignity and the right to food for everyone; it works to enhance the well-being of all people in need. We promote small-scale agriculture, particularly family-based, and agroecology as successful strategies for food security and sustainable rural development. Caritas especially promotes the role of women, as critical food producers and providers, and because of their central role in agriculture, by defending their access to education, labour and production resources.

Here below is the entire statement in PDF format:

http://caritaszambia.org/index.php/publications/general/file/117-caritas-international-statement-on-world-food-day-2017

Caritas Zambia Scoops "Best NGO Exhibit"

The Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show which is organized by the Agricultural and Commercial Society of Zambia (ACSZ) is the Country’s premier annual show held in the capital city, Lusaka, for five days ending on Farmers Day, a public holiday observed on the first day of August.

The show is the climax of the district and provincial agricultural shows, which are held in the proceeding weeks. Although the focus is on agriculture products grown by small-scale farmers many other entities exhibited at the show.

Exhibitors at the show have over the years included not only local companies and organizations but from other countries also. Some notable foreign participants include China, Egypt, South Africa, Botswana and many others. Over the years the Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show has become a regional meeting place for investors and business people from around southern Africa looking for opportunities and development.

The 2017 91st Agriculture and commercial show of Zambia was this year commissioned under the theme “Promoting a Green Economy”. Caritas Zambia participated under a domesticated theme”125 years of promoting a green Economy” .Under this theme, Caritas Zambia showcased its focus on promotion of sustainable farming methods such as sustainable organic agriculture which is friendly to the needs of nature. At the same time Caritas Zambia displayed how it advocates for formulation and implementation of policies that protect the environment and create awareness among communities on the need to protect the environment.

Through its exhibition, Caritas Zambia showed how it promotes honest and open dialogue with policy makers to raise awareness on the need to take care of the environment even under this great push for development. Empowering citizens to meaningfully engage in environmental protection activities and reconnect them to nature. Caritas Zambia aims at protecting natural resources in a sustainable manner by communities through the promotion of the following practices;

AGRO-ECOLOGY: a sustainable and ecological type of agriculture with low external input and centres of food production that makes the best use of nature’s goods and services while not damaging the natural environment and resources

SUSTAINABLE LAND USE MANAGEMENT:   through practices and technologies that aim to integrate the management of land, water, biodiversity, and other environmental resources to meet human needs while ensuring the long term sustainability of ecosystem services and livelihoods.

FARMER MANAGED NATURAL REGENERATION: a reforestation technique aimed at systematic regeneration and management of trees and shrubs from tree stumps, roots and seeds, and contribute to the restoration of degraded forests.

BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION: protection of ecologically sensitive areas, habitats and species in a sustainable manner

CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION; through the incorporation of nature based and traditional knowledge solutions into strategies for reduced contribution to climate change impacts. Agro forestry:  for co-delivery of adaptation to and mitigation of climate change and Socio-environmental benefits of agro forestry should be considered in agricultural policies.

ENERGY EFFICIENT COOK STOVES and the sustainable use of RENEWABLE ENERGY.

Further, through its economic and social accountability programme, Caritas Zambia recognizes the importance of economic operations that contribute to the conservation of the environment and ecosystems. As part of its exhibit, Caritas Zambia recognized the fact that the extractive industry has significantly contributed to Zambia’s revenues, foreign exchange and employment. It contributes a staggering 70 percent of Zambia’s total export earnings. However, mining by nature is an economic activity that is averse to the environment. It leaves the land scarred with troughs after it is gone, can reduce air and water quality and in cases where dangerous minerals are mined, they can be harmful to the health of man, plants, animals and the land.

One thing drives Caritas as it looks at our national flag and contemplates on it, the green, which stands for natural vegetation, is far greater than the orange, which stands for the countries mineral wealth. Caritas therefore, endeavor to keep its priorities in line with the national flag especially in relation to environmental preservation.

The extractives industry may be the biggest contributing sector to the economy but it is a finite, wasting industry. Having that in mind the department has done several works in relation to mining

Advocacy work-In promoting green economy and ecological conservation is carried out through the EASP programme. Caritas Zambia has engaged in evidence based advocacy work. It has been working very strongly in North Western province through the Solwezi diocese in advocating for environment protection as the bulk of mining activities shift from the Copper belt.

In the wake of Uranium mining in Zambia, ESAP has continued to advocate for full disclosure of the mining of Uranium in the new Copper belt owing to the potential detrimental effects. The Catholic-run organizations demanded for a full disclosure of the mining of uranium in the province, saying the mineral was toxic and a threat to the wellbeing of people if not properly handled.

In a research on the impact of mining, on three cohorts in pre, post and active mining areas, there is a drive for the programme to use the experiences of post mining areas like Kabwe, (and active mining areas) that have borne the negative environmental brunt of mining operations to sensitize in pre mining areas about the potential negative impacts mines can have on the environment. As such the communities enter a social contract with mining companies with full knowledge of the potential negative impacts mineral exploitation can have on their environment and thus demand for environmentally friendly business practice.

ESAP has also worked on empowering communities in North Western province with the power to hold mining companies to account in the event of water pollution by means of water testers. This is based on an evidence based approach, grassroots driven advocacy and change.

In looking at life beyond mining and indeed sustainable development, ESAP has been calling for the government to critically look at the Environmental Protection Fund of 1998 that was enacted in 2008. Caritas Zambia has noted with concern that the 2015 Zambia Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative report, none of the mines (large, small or artisanal mines) contributed to the fund.  This makes sad reading as the fund is meant to rehabilitate the mining site if the mine fails to do itself post mining activities. Caritas is therefore calling for the fund to be reviewed and to be sternly enforced to ensure life goes on beyond mining.

The 2017 show for Caritas, ended in style as they scooped a prize in the best NGO exhibit category, 2nd place.

Caritas Zambia expresses concern over the crop marketing situation in Zambia and challenges government to promote low input agriculture

Caritas Zambia is concerned over the low maize price floated at ZMW60/50kg bag this year. Compared to last year, this is a ZMW25 reduction per bag in a situation where the cost of input and labour has gone up. It is evident that this price will not benefit small scale farmers in any way, but rather leave a farmer making huge losses from which recovery will be difficult.  Apparently, low crop prices is not only associated with maize grain, it also applies to soya beans as well which has dropped from ZMW5 per kg to ZMW1.50.

Seeking Benefits and Avoiding Conflicts: A Community – Company - Government Assessment of Copper Mining in Solwezi

This study is a collaboration of partners of Diakonia Zambia and the Joint Country Programme (JCP) Zambia namely Caritas Zambia, Catholic Diocese of Solwezi (CDOS), Publish What You Pay (PWYP), Jesuit Center for Theological Reflections (JCTR), Extractive Industries Transparency Alliance (EITA), Youth Alliance for Development (YAD) and Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP).

The report was written by Felix Ngosa and Edmond Kangamungazi with support from Cecilia Chisala, Chisomo Phiri, Edward Nkula Goma, Inonge Sakala, Kazhike Sakala, Mukupa Nsenduluka, Mtwalo Msoni, Nangandu Nhandu, Richard Banda and Sherrine Kanyimbi.

It was made possible with financial support from the Diakonia Zambia Country Office and Joint Country Programme of Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), Danish Church Aid (DCA) and Christian Aid (CA), Caritas Norway, Canadian Development and Peace through Caritas Zambia, Publish What You Pay (PWYP), Jesuit Center for Theological Reflection (JCTR), Youth Alliance for Development (YAD), Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP), Extractive Industry Transparency Alliance (EITA) and Caritas Solwezi who also provided logistical support.

The authors remain solely responsible for the content of this report and the views expressed do not necessarily represent the views of the organizations they work for.

CLICK here to see the entire report, and for correspondence, please contact:

1. Felix Ngosa,

Joint Country Programme (NCA, DCA, CA),

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Caritas Zambia

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About Caritas Zambia

Caritas Zambia is a Catholic Organisation that is an integral structure of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB). The Conference of Bishops is a permanent grouping of Bishops of a given nation or territory that jointly exercises certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of their territory. This is done for the sake of effective evangelisation. To promote the principle of the common good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programmes of the apostolate which are fittingly adapted to the circumstances of the time and place, is the role of Bishops.