Polio Vaccination Campaign

Campaign staff and volunteers.A group of volunteers, including DW staff, joined a three day Polio Vaccination Campaign in the municipality of Viana. The campaign was organized together with the Ministry of Health, USAID – US Agency for International Development, World Health Organization (WHO) and Africare.

dThe arm over the head position, as in the picture above, shows how you can determine if a child is under or over 5 years of age. If s/he can catch the ear, they are over 5. Then they don’t need the vaccine anymore. Many children and their parents are not really sure of their age. This is how you can test it.

The director of Africare, Erna van Goor, and the Administrator of Viana, Manuel Mateus Caterça were happy with the very successful campaign, and hope this will support Angola to receive their Polio Free Certificate before the end of the year.

Neighbourhood Data Collection Workshop

Santa Fe ConferenceIn November, Development Workshop participated in “Acting Locally, Understanding Globally – Workshop on Building an International Community of Practice for Neighbourhood Data Collection” at the Sante Fe Institute in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

We were very pleased to two of our projects: Voices of Citizens for Urban Change (supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Cities Alliance) and the GSMA Mobil Water Monitoring project.

A key finding we shared from DW’s programs: enabling local municipalities to co-own data from the beginning supports a sense of common ground in the defence of community interests in improving access to basic services, tenure rights and participative planning. Find out more here.

Allan Cain on The Challenges of Community Water Management in Angola

“The poorest people in Luanda are paying a quarter of a billion dollars every year to buy water…” DW director Allan Cain gave a presentation to the Angola Field Group on August 28, 2014, about the challenges of Community Water Management in Angola. DW, together with the government, has developed a policy of community management of water as part of the Angolan Government’s Water for All Program, called “MoGeCA”. MoGeCA promotes an approach involving local communities in the planning, construction and management of water points, as a basic strategy promoting local development.

An audio recording of the presentation (in English) can be heard on DW’s website at www.dw.angonet.org/forumitem/1429.

A MoGeCA Manual on Community Water Management and a set of cards to be used at training have been published and printed. You can download them both a PDF (in Portuguese) on DW’s website at www.dw.angonet.org/forumitem/1429. The Manual has become the Angolan National Policy on sustainable water management.

Allan Cain also showed a new video about DW’s work in Integrated Community Water Project in Angola’s Peri-Urban Areas.


DW visits the Medellín Participatory Inclusive Land Readjustment

DW’s director Allan Cain visited the PILaR Candelbra Project in Medellín, Columbia with a team from UN-HABITAT in April 2014. The pilot is a joint initiative of Medellin’s Institute of Housing and Habitat (ISVIMED), Medellin’s Department of Planning and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). At a global level, the Project is developing a methodology to help apply participatory and inclusive land readjustment in low or middle income countries.

Watch a video tour of the the PILaR Candelbra Project and video of a workshop on participatory and inclusive land readjustment in Medellín led by Robert Lewis-Lettington on DW’s website here.

Nelson Mandela memoriam by DW director Allan Cain

At about midnight on Thursday, the 5th of December DW’s director Allan Cain was en route to Johannesburg when Nelson Mandela’s death was announced on the airport display screens. The following is Allan’s reflection on Mandela’s passing.

I remember the first and only time I saw Nelson Mandela in May 1990. Shortly after being released from prison, he chose to come to Angola as his first trip abroad. Julia and I and our two children Mathieu and Rebecca walked from home, the short distance to Largo 1 de Maio where he as speaking. I told my 9 year old son that this was a historic event that I hoped he would remember. Mandela thanked Angola for the sacrifices that the country made for supporting the ANC’s liberation movement in their fight against the apartheid regime.

Mandela in 1990

Angola suffered greatly since its independence for supporting both the South African and Namibian liberation movements. The South African regime contributed to Angola’s destabilization by fuelling the civil war and occupying large areas in the south for several years. Angola provided a safe haven for both Namibian and South African refugees and also had to accommodate many of their own internally displaced persons fleeing the conflict.

Throughout the 1980’s Development Workshop provided support for Southern African refugees and worked with both the ANC and SWAPO on building schools and vocational training centres in several Angolan provinces. DW at the same time became increasingly engaged in programs for Angolans fleeing the war-affected provinces and settling in the cities.

Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s conciliator and managed to build the basis of a multi-racial “rainbow nation”. In the later years of his presidency 1995-2000, he was called upon as Nobel Peace laureate to assist in mediation of other African conflicts. He promoted peacebuilding in Burundi and DR Congo and in January 1997 met the UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi to try to encourage him (unsuccessfully) to join the Angolan Government of National Reconciliation.

Mandela and Savimbi in 1997

The following year President Mandela made his first official “State Visit” to Angola in April 1998 to meet President dos Santos to rebuild the relationship with the Angolan Government and to recognize once more the contribution Angola had made to South Africa over the years of conflict.

Mandela and Dos Santos in 1998

In the late 1990’s Development Workshop engaged in a program of conflict mitigation and mediation. In December 1998, at a time when the ceasefire broke down and Angola returned to armed conflict, DW launched the Angola Peacebuilding Program in partnership with the principal church and civil society institutions. A national peace movement evolved during those years that eventually laid an important platform for post-2002 national reconciliation and sustained peace.

DW is a member of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) who’s Board of Trustees is chaired by Nelson Mandela’s wife Madame Graca Machel. Development Workshop remains committed to those principles of social justice and conflict resolution in our work on land rights, poverty reduction and support for national programs such as “Water for All”.

Related links:

“The Mandela Visit; Mandela Assails U.S. Aid to Savimbi” – New York Times 1990/06/25, click here.

“Mandela meets with Angolan Rebel Leader Savimbi in peace effort” – AP News 1997/01/07, click here.

“Mandela praises improved ties with Angola” – BBC News 1998/04/30, click here.

Papusecco explains the job of community development

Benjamin Papusseco is my name, I have worked at DW for a year. The work I do takes the perspective of the ‘evolution model of engagement’ with communities.
 I work in the development of communities  in Luanda’s Cazenga district.

My main role in this program is: capacity building, community mobilization, project management, data collection and planning, creating engagement with community administration and service providers, creating dialogue and encouraging participation from the community, basic service provision, literacy, income generation, community awareness on HIV.

I also facilitate professional courses about poverty alleviation, policy influencing, advocacy and community media.

I’m Thomas…

I’m Thomas de Azevedo Ngundike, I’m 34 years old, I’m married and I have two children. I was born in the city of Lubango on August 1. The demand for better conditions and opportunities brought me to Luanda in 1993, having lived as a student at home for 8 years.

I have a degree in Social Work from the Catholic University. I have worked at DW for 4 years, and have played several roles. Now I’m a project development coordinator. I like the work I do, mostly because it is helping to build a country perspective on participatory and social inclusion.

In my free time, I like to see action movies, read materials on community development, and to be with my children. I practiced footbool and handball until I broke my knee.

Currently, I’m doing another degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the Metropolitan Institute of Angola.

Working in Cazenga, one of the biggest musseques in Luanda

Workshop, Cazenga bairro.

Project training, Cazenga bairro.

Private primary school in Calawenda.

Private primary school in Calawenda.

Hi, it´s me again. And today I want to share with you about my job.I work for DW as a development officer for the municipality of Cazenga. My work is to assist the different groups in Cazenga by reinforcing their capacity to deal with problems that we find in the municipality.


Meeting to assist group leaders, Cazenga bairro.

Cazenga is one of the biggest musseques in Luanda, Angola. There we find a lot of poverty. It’s difficult for people there to have water, electricity, birth certificate, health care and education. The government has been doing something but needs to do more.

For years people in Cazenga were just waiting for the government but now with the work that we (DW) are working there with the community and giving them training about participative governance they are changing their minds and are becoming part of the solution.

Taking a break, Cazenga bairro.

Selling snacks, Cazenga bairro.

It is not an easy job, because sometimes the government may see us as troublesome. Also it’s not easy for the people to get the point quickly and because of the poverty most of the time they are waiting to receive some money besides training. But I love this job because I can see changes in the lives of people and since I started there are changes happening.

Thanks and see you next time.

S. Macunge

Meeting, Cazenga bairro.

Meeting to assist IERA group leaders, Cazenga bairro.