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West Africa August 2016 Update

A new project on the response to Ebola, a study on coordination mechanisms in the region and a regional cash working group meeting on preparedness are among the highlights in West Africa.

Capacity Building and Learning

In its continuous support to building capacity of humanitarian actors in West Africa, CaLP organized a Level 1 from the 14th to the 15th of April and a Level 2 training in Nigeria from the 18th to the 22th April 2016. A tailored training was also organized in Nigeria upon request by Save The Children from the 18th to the 20th of May 2016. Participants included mainly government’s officials as well as Save The Children and ACF staff. From the 2nd to the 6th may 2016 CaLP organized a Level 2 training in Burkina-Faso open to all.

A training requested by Oxfam Nigeria  also took place from the 1st - 5th August in the framework of their new resilience-building program in Northern Nigeria.

Credit: CaLP West Africa

Collaboration, Facilitation and Operational Partnerships

CaLP Regional Focal point was invited to participate in the francophone community of practice on cash transfers meeting that took place in Brazzaville, Congo from the 16-21st may 2016. The event gathered of representatives of the government and technical officers of ministries in charge of implementing cash transfers. The purpose of the conference is for countries to share experience and learn from their peers. Discussions addressed the integration of cash transfers in social protection systems and crisis response, as well as development policies.

CaLP also organized on 26th may 2016, a coordination day meeting in Niamey, Niger to support inclusive coordination of all actors implementing cash transfers at national level. The community of practice in country is now building on recommendations elaborated in the workshop to set up a new CWG in Niger.

The Regional Cash Working Group meeting took place on 29 June and was dedicated to cash preparedness, with presentation from OXFAM on their experience of adapting the OCAT. CaLP also presented the last developments of the recommendations made during the last learning event that took place in Dakar in December 2015. All the presentations as well as the agenda of the meeting can be found here. In other countries of the region, Mauritania, Burkina-Faso,Tchad and Mali also held their Cash Working Group meetings, the meeting minutes can be found on the CWG pages of the countries.

Videos from the sessions of the learning event that took place in Dakar in December are now available online. You can find them here along with the report and all presentations of the events. These videos summarize key learnings and good practices for enhancing Cash preparedness in West Africa.

Ebola project

CaLP WAF is launching a new project on lessons learned from the Ebola Outbreak in Liberia and Sierra Leone. The project, funded by Food For Peace, aims at gathering good practices and share experiences of strategies adopted to support communities affected by the Ebola outbreak.

The first learning event took place in Monrovia, Liberia on the 27th July 2016, with the participation of the USAID/Food For Peace, Oxfam, ACDI/COVA, Mercy Corps, and other international organizations.  Discussions highlighted the challenges faced during the use of CTP in the Ebola crisis response, lessons learned as well as recommendations.

Source: Amandine Frisetti

The second learning event is planned in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on the 17th August 2016.  You can find more information about the project here.


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