Government to pilot a Children First Software (CFS) application

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Global Child Protector Symposium and Conference held in Washington D.C, USA
Global Child Protector Symposium and Conference held in
Washington D.C, USA

The Government has started piloting a Children First Software
(CFS) application that will provide a database of the
vulnerable people in the country in order for them to receive
support from their households as opposed to
being institutionalised in centers. Minister of
Community Development and Social Services Emerine Kabanshi says
the Government will next year implement the CFS program and
share it with other regional countries in an effort to
end institutionalisation of the underprivileged
people in communities and children on the streets.

Ms. Kabanshi says the technological tool will enhance her
ministry’s mandate of providing social protection programmes by
tracking down families of the underprivileged people and street
children that are institutionalized in various centers across
the country. She said Government is
fighting institutionalisation in addressing the
plight of the vulnerable so that they are reintegrated in
families and supported from their households where they are
loved and cared for.

The Minister said this at the Global Child Protector Symposium
and Conference held in Washington D.C, USA on Thursday,
November 9th, 2017. The conference which has been organized by
“Both Ends Believing” has attracted 18 member countries, U.S
government officials, NGOs, child welfare experts. “Both Ends
Believing” is an organization working to end the global crisis
of the world’s most vulnerable children.

Ms. Kabanshi says the organization will be in Zambia next month
to work with officials in her ministry to compile data of the
vulnerable in the country. She said once implemented in the
country, Zambia will then share the CFS program to other
countries in the Southern African region.

And speaking to Diplomats at the Embassy of Zambia in
Washington D.C, Ms. Kabanshi says Government has been working
with other cooperating partners such as the World Bank in
coming up with a programme of a single registry of the
vulnerable people in the country. She, however, said some
NGO have not been using the single registry hence the
CFS program will help to provide data and avoid duplication of
social protection programmes to the vulnerable.  Ms.
Kabanshi further noted that the United States Agency for
International Development (USAID) social protection funded
programme will be enhanced by the data that CFS program will
provide.

“We will start with Lusaka, Central and Copperbelt provinces
and move to other parts of the country. We as leaders have
received President Edgar Lungu’s directive in his address to
Parliament to reduce poverty from 54.4 percent to 20 percent
very seriously. And so far from the time, we assumed office in
2011 we have managed to increase the number of beneficiaries on
social cash transfer,” she said.

Ms. Kabanshi says Government is targeting to put over 700,000
families (seven hundred thousand) on Social Cash transfer and
called on NGOs to be more accountable and transparent in their
activities so that Government can reach up to 1 million
households from the estimated 2.5 million households of the
vulnerable people in the country. She further urged Diplomats
to play an oversight role over USAID and President’s Emergency
Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) funded programmes because Social
protection programmes are now linked to nutrition and HIV/AIDS.


Minister of Community Development and Social Services Emerine Kabanshi
Minister of Community Development and Social Services Emerine
Kabanshi

Minister of Community Development and Social Services Emerine Kabanshi
Minister of Community Development and Social Services Emerine
Kabanshi(c)

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