Emergencies and Humanitarian

Our emergency programming ranges from immediate humanitarian assistance in the wake of disasters and outbreaks of violence to longer-term interventions that build preparedness for future shocks, thus reducing the need for humanitarian assistance. In 2017, SCIMOZ responded to two emergencies: Cyclone DINEO and the ongoing El-Niño-induced drought (see Health & Nutrition section). Under the umbrella of preparedness, we mainly implement disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) activities. In 2017, we for example started working with INGC in Gaza Province to strengthen early warnings and response systems. The 18-month project is part of a larger COSACA intervention, and is funded by ECHO (EU). It targets 47,000 individuals. Increasingly, we are integrating our preparedness interventions into sectors such as child protection and education via an approach called Safe Schools (see Common Approaches section).

Seed fairs during drought response in Funhalouro district, Province of Inhambane. Photo: Z. Isac Mundiara, Save the Children/2017.

Child-Led Disaster Risk Reduction: As a child rights organisation, we can and do add value to riskreduction processes by insisting on the consideration of the special needs of children. Our commitment goes beyond having adults recognise and respond to children’s specific vulnerabilities. We encourage the active participation of children as a part of what we call Child-Led Disaster Risk Reduction (CLDRR). CLDRR is a child-centred and community-based framework that allows children to play leading roles and to help their communities minimise the negative impacts of disasters.

As a part of this framework, children participate in the assessment, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of DRR activities. However, the responsibility for preparedness remains with adult stakeholders and duty bearers. Cash preparedness: In light of the Grand Bargain, cash is playing an increasingly prominent role in emergency interventions around the world. Our past emergency interventions revealed significant gaps when it comes to cash in Mozambique. We are currently working with the government, COSACA, and service providers to overcome these gaps, and to build capacity for Cash in Envelopes as well as Mobile Money interventions.

In 2017, we conducted an internal capacity assessments based on the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP)’s Organisational Cash Readiness Toolkit. Together with our partners, we also translated key literature about the impact of cash on relevant outcomes (including child outcomes) into Portuguese. This helped us to identify key areas for capacity development, and to address the governments’ concerns regarding cash. In spring 2018, we conducted six rapid marketplace assessments as well as feasibility studies, and started cash pilots in the most at risk districts.