Dear readers, the October issue of the bulletin is now ready for your perusal. We have two more issues to go before the close of 2002. As usual, we are ever grateful for the support we get from you. The address to send contributions, queries and comments is firstname.lastname@example.org
Four volunteers are expected early 2003: Eliisa Moilanen for Mambwe DWDA is to arrive early January; Miia Marika Soininen for Fountain of Hope early January; Paula Vaananen for Green Living Movement and James Summers for ZAVCODA both expected early March 2003. You shall be informed of their arrival in the country.
All ETVO hosting organizations are being reminded that the volunteers sponsor themselves for their stay in Zambia. Because of this, any payment they are to make regarding their accommodation and upkeep should not exceed $50 per month.
Kepa Zambia Partners Get Information and Advocacy Skills
Kepa Zambia organized a training workshop in Information and Advocacy skills. The training workshop which took place from the 14th to 18th October 2002, was attended by 20 partners from within and outside Lusaka.
The main objective of the 5 day workshop was to develop an understanding on the Information and Advocacy Strategies and to take participants into a process of identifying various lobbying and advocacy campaign methods.
The participants agreed that as a watchdog for the people, they have a crucial role to play in ensuring accountability and transparency in government institutions and to that effect need effective advocacy skills if they are to overcome the challenges of a political environment in which they operate.
Kepa Zambia Reaffirms Fight against Hunger
Kepa Zambia was invited to attend and present a paper at the Agrobiotechnology and Food Security in South and East Africa from 29th September to 4th October 2002. The paper presented by Kepas Information Officer, Sharon Sichilongo, focused on Kepas partnership programmes, which are aimed at poverty reduction, with a bias for improvement of food security through agro-forestry at household level. Sharon, among other issues, informed the workshop participants that food security could be achieved through agro-forestry because it was an effective and inexpensive method of farming.
Participants were drawn from West, East and Southern Africa.
The National Youth Networking Fraternity (NAYNEF)
The National youth Networking Fraternity (NAYNEF) is a community based media and youth promotion organization that was formed and registered in 1998. They have been Kepa Zambia Information Centre users for the past two years.
The aim of NAYNEF is establish a community based media agency whose primary objectives is to:
(a) Provide effective coverage of events at all levels through electronic and print mediums including the use of the Internet.
(b) Act as a conduit for various community based groups, to link up with useful and similar groups and/or resource providers.
(c) Promote youth talent and skills at all levels.
(d) Promote local and international cultural exchanges.
(e) Help women groups to organize themselves as well get them heard through audio programs.
(f) Promote small community based and other enterprises.
In order to achieve its goals NAYNEF, among other activities, conducts tailored training for individuals and groups in the community (e.g. drama production, choir training and radio presentation), carries out awareness programs on pertinent issues affecting community development and organizes awareness talks.
At present, NAYNEF is working on producing a monthly community newspaper.
For more information Contact Boniface Sichone or William Phiri on Email: email@example.com or YMCA Kalingalinga, along Alick Nkhata Road in Lusaka.
Kamoto project area visited
During the month of October, staff from Kepa Zambia visited one of Kamoto's project area's in Chiyumu, Monze district. The trip was undertaken to have an onsight evaluation of Kamoto's activities, who are Kepa Zambia's partners.
Kamoto is currently working on a 'campaign' to sensitize the people of Chiyumu area on environmental issues and in particular the importance of trees growing and what effects they have on the environment. This is being done in conjunction with Green Living Movement. Kamoto also donated some equipment to be used for tree planting in the area.
JCTR Basic Needs Basket Report Reveals an All-Time High Cost of Living in Lusaka
The prevailing situation of cost of living in Lusaka today requires that a family of six spends K836,550 to meet its basic needs, says the Economic and Social Development Project of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR).
According to Muweme Muweme, Coordinator of the Economic and Social Development Research Project, "While this report is at present only referring to Lusaka, it is important to note that cost of living may be higher in other parts of the country -- particularly those with serious food deficits such as southern parts of Zambia -- than what the Lusaka report indicates."
Indeed this rise in cost of living is a reflection of the current problems of inflation, exchange rate, scarcities of food, depreciation of the Kwacha, etc., as noted recently by the Bank of Zambia. The disconcerting part of these problems, however, is the impact on poor peoples ability to have access to food and other non-food essentials. The poor are having to bear most of the harsh consequences from these difficulties Zambia is currently facing.
According to the October 2002 report of the JCTR Basic Needs Basket -- a measure of cost of living in Lusaka -- a family of six requires K836,550 to meet its needs of food, housing, water, electricity, etc. If costs of health, transport, personal effects, etc., are added, the overall cost of the Basic Needs Basket would definitely be much higher than the figure of K836, 550 reported.
In the face of the current problems Zambia is going through, there is need for the country to address these problems in ways that will not lead the country into a deeper crisis. Muweme further says that "All measures designed to deal with the current economic difficulties of inflation, the exchange rate, etc., must take into account impact on the poor. The measures must not hurt the poor but must instead uplift them from their present poor living conditions."
[For more information, contact Muweme Muweme, Economic and Social Development Research Project of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, P.O. BOX 37774, Lusaka, Zambia; tel: 260-1-290410; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ; internet: www.jctr.org.zm]
Note: for those interested in knowing the Euro value, the exchange rate at the time this information was released was K4613.78 to 1 Euro
(A) COST OF BASIC FOOD ITEMS FOR A FAMILY OF SIX IN LUSAKA
Mealie meal 36,200 3 x 25 Kg bags 108,600
Beans 4,300 2 Kgs 8,600
Kapenta 37,300 1 Kg 37,300
Dry Fish 14,600 1 Kg 14,600
Meat (Mixed cut) 7,700 4 Kgs 30,800
Eggs 3,500 2 Units 7,000
Vegetables (greens) 1,500 7.5 Kgs 11,250
Tomato 1,500 4 Kgs 6,000
Onion 2,000 4 Kgs 8,000
Milk 2,500 2 litres 5,000
Cooking oil 13,300 2 x 2 litres 26,600
Bread 1,600 1 loaf/day 48,000
Sugar 2,600 8 x 1Kg 20,800
Salt 1,300 1 Kg 1,300
Tea (leaves) 5,300 500 grams 5,300
(B) COST OF ESSENTIAL NON-FOOD ITEMS
Charcoal 14,000 2 x 90 Kg bags 28,000
Soap (Lifebuoy) 800 10 tablets 8,000
Wash soap (paste) 2,000 4 x 400 g 8,000
Jelly 3,400 1 x 500 g 3,400
Electricity 75,000 75,000
Water (medium density) 25,000 25,000
Housing (medium density) 350,000 350,000
Total for Basic Needs Basket 836,550
(The exchange rate used was obtained from Barclays Bank Z Ltd)
Totals for previous months: 2002
Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct
829,250 823,510 824,600 825,500 814,350 827,950 831,350 821,800 825,100 836,550
(C) SOME OTHER ADDITIONAL COSTS
Education (per year PTA)
Secondary K45, 000-K185, 000
Health (monthly scheme per person) K1, 500
Transport bus fare round trip:
Chilenje-Town K2, 000
Chelston-Town K2, 800
Matero-Town K1, 600
Please note that other costs would include personal care, clothing, recreation, etc.
(D) SOME COMPARATIVE FIGURES OF WAGES--"TAKE HOME PAY"
Teacher:1. Primary K280, 000 to K309, 0002 Secondary K297, 000 to K497, 000
Secretary in civil Service K270, 000 to K370, 000
Nurse K250, 000 to K320, 000
Police Officer K120, 000 to K300, 000
Security Guard K40, 000 to K180, 000
Please note that we are trying to get updated figures on some of the categories shown above
This survey was conducted on 30 October 2002 by the Economic and Social Development Research Project of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection. Average prices were calculated on the basis of prices gathered from retail outlets at Northmead, Town Centre, Soweto, Chawama, Chainda, Kabwata, Matero and schools, clinics/hospitals around Lusaka.
ON THE NOTICE BOARD
Kepa Zambia will be conducting training for the Liaison Partner Organisations that chose Strategic Planning and Project Cycle Management as their priority need. The two training's will take place from 18th to 22 November 2002 and 25th to 29th November 2002 respectively at Kapingila House along Kabulonga road. The organizations concerned will be contacted and must confirm their participation with Angela Bwalya at email@example.com. The Organizations in the Eastern Province, except from CBR Secretariat, will have their training conducted in Chipata during First Quarter 2003.
Last Tikambilane of the Year
We would once again like to inform our partners that the next and last Tikambilane forum of the year will be held on Friday November 29th at the Kepa Zambia premises plot 165-175 Roan Road Kabulonga at 17 hours.
The topic under discussion reads Is Civil Society Playing its Role in Ensuring Good Governance? Therefore all our co-operating partners are welcome.
This is to inform all Information Centre users that the Library will remain closed from the 18th to the 22nd November as there will be a web site training going on. However, normal operations will resume on the 26th November 2002.
This is to inform all our partners that Kepa Zambia offices will be closed from the 23rd December 2002 and normal business will resume on 2nd January 2003. Please take note.