COSACA consists of the international aid organizations CARE International, Oxfam, and Save the Children. The consortium began its work in Mozambique in 2007, delivering emergency and large-scale humanitarian assistance to communities affected by floods
COSACA’s long-term vision is that by 2030:
- Communities are more resilient and less vulnerable to, and better prepared for, natural disasters;
- Local and national authorities are prepared for, and responding to, emergencies when required
This vision implies that by 2030:
- INGOs respond only when crises reach a particular threshold that overwhelms national capacity to respond, and would be co-ordinated by government;
- Preparedness (including pre-stocking) is managed completely by government in close co-operation with local CSOs;
- Communities have systems and facilities in place enabling them to deal with and recover from shocks.
In order to achieve this, the COSACA long-term strategy builds on work undertaken during 2013-2016 and ability to respond to quick onset emergencies (such as floods and cyclones). COSACA is committed to continuing its successful work supporting flood-affected communities, and to expand its preparedness activities to include support to areas affected by cyclones. Activities will be closely coordinated with the Humanitarian Country Team and INGC to ensure a more comprehensive emergency preparedness and rapid response system can be developed and institutionalized, while COSACA will also increasing work with communities to build their own resilience to shocks through targeted support.
Major COSACA responses
COSACA has responded to reoccurring floods since 2013, while preparing communities to deal with future natural disasters.
- During the major floods of 2015, the Consortium reached nearly 180,000 people with DFID-purchased relief stocks and initiated WASH, education, protection, and FSL interventions with various donor funds.
- As part of the Dineo Cyclone response in March 2017, COSACA provided prepositioned relief stocks from DFID, ECHO and the US embassy to over 25,000 people. As part of the agricultural recovery efforts, COSACA provided seeds to 10,000 households in Inhambane.
- Between November 2015 and June 2017, COSACA provided life-saving interventions to people affected by the worst drought in 35 years. Collaborating closely with the national relief agency, the National Disaster Management Institute (INGC), COSACA agencies pooled their respective technical expertise to ensure an effective emergency response. By January 2017, COSACA had reached over 220,000 people in the six provinces of Gaza, Inhambane, Manica, Sofala, Tete and Zambezia with food assistance. The organizations repaired water points, drilled new boreholes and trained members of water committees in managing and maintaining these infrastructures, in addition to promoting hygiene and sanitation practices, as well as providing nutritional counseling.
- As part of the Emergency Flood Response in Beira, COSACA assisted 3690 people with non-food items in January/ February 2019. In cooperation with INGC, COSACA provided family kits, shelter kits and hygiene kits. The new semi-temporary accommodation centre in Muavi, which was established by INGC utilized 55 family tents and 2 community tents.
Early Recovery and Livelihoods
COSACA is also helping communities become more resilient in the face of climate change and prepare themselves for future disasters. The consortium works with families in drought affected areas to increase the productivity and profitability of crops, and teaches people improved farming techniques. COSACA provides them with tools and drought resistant seeds, as well as supports poultry vaccination to improve animal health. As part of the ongoing drought recover phase, COSACA is aiming to reach 70,000 people.
DFID, SIDA, ECHO, USAID, Flanders International
COSACA Consortium Coordinator can be contacted at: Cosaca.Coordinator@oxfam.org
- Mozambique | Humanitarian Response | UN-OCHA
- Mozambique Technical Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition (SETSAN)
- FEWSNET (Mozambique)
- Mozambique National Meteorology Institute (INAM)
COSACA related videos can be found at: http://www.care.org.mz/videos.php
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