Brief description of the CCCM context in Namibia

In 2011, IOM partnered with the Government of the Repu-blic of Namibia (GRN) to roll out a CCCM capacity-building programme supported by the Namibian Red Cross Society (NRCS) and UN partners. As a result, CCCM is now reco-gnised as an integral part of government-led disaster risk management and identified as a key area in the new sectoral structure of the National Disaster Risk Management Plan.

CCCM in Namibia has thus evolved from a purely emergency response activity to a long-term, strategic focus. As of No-vember 2011, Namibia had certified 37 trainers within GRN and NRCS from the 7 flood-affected regions of 2011 and at the national level. These persons were trained primarily to train local authorities and community groups using the CCCM Training Package and Toolbox for Namibia. Trainers in the Caprivi region have initiated trainings for approximately 120 individuals, funded by the Caprivi Regional Council. IOM supports these initiatives and continues to advocate for an integrated CCCM approach to disaster risk management and for capacity-building as a disaster preparedness strategy.

Latest achievements

  • Developed a CCCM Training Package for Namibia.
  • Successfully delivered a Training of Trainers (ToT) pro-gramme to 37 people from GRN and NRCS and establis-hed a CCCM Trainer Committee.
  • Established a web-based CCCM capacity-building platform:
  • Supported development of a National Disaster Risk Ma-nagement Plan and review of regional contingency plans.
  • Formalised partnership with NRCS for continued collabo-ration in disaster risk management and CCCM.
  • Partnered with UNAIDS to develop an “HIV in Emergen-cy” module for integration into CCCM Training Package.

Areas in need of global cluster support

  • Development of a CCCM Standard Operational Proce-dures Manual.
  • Technical support in information management (IM) for a contextualised Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM).
  • Support for second phase of CCCM capacity-building and possible regional roll-out in Southern Africa.

Plans for 2012 to 2013

  • Strengthen IM and information-sharing mechanisms, including web-based platform, DTM and IM manual.
  • Enhance capacity of GRN, NRCS and partners to apply international standards, including standards calculator, site selection criteria and camp set-up indicators.
  • Ensure continued capacity-building in Namibia and pro-mote local-level trainings for roll-out by trained trainers.
  • Create countrywide pool of certified CCCM trainers, in parallel with possible regional roll-out of CCCM capacity-building in Southern Africa to promote inter-regional exchange.