RHoK Lusaka was hosted at the Olympic Youth Development Center, Great North Road, Lusaka
The group discussed the need of volunteers on the model of CERTS in Zambia that can be trained and used in coordination with the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit. The group discussed the establishment of different layers of CERTS and the need to design a system to organize the CERTS by establishing a Code of Conduct to prevent abuses and institutionalize them as a Volunteers Program under DMMU. The group elaborated upon a long term strategy and a alternative model for disaster response based on volunteers and civil society groups.
The Zambian Red Cross society will soon start a project in the area of Seshenge and Kasungula inside their broader project of Disaster Response and Preparedness in the Zambesi river basin. James Zulu, Public Relation officer spoke about the challenges faced by the organizations in those areas mainly related to real time information management for rapid response. Mobile technology and mapping based platforms emerged as one of the possible direction the organization will go towards.
The Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit moderated a discussion on the challenges faced in collecting information in real time in remote areas. The problems emerging are related to how to mobilize volunteers to gather information but also to have a network of people that are able to support DMMU in their rapid response mechanism. Tools like the possibilities and the limits presented by software’s like FrontlineSMS and Ushahidi have been discussed.
The United Nation Youth Association talked about problems related to environmental problems related to climate change and how this can be mitigated. The highlighted need emerging in the discussion is related to technologies’ education and diffusion: the idea here is not about developing new technologies but to introduce technology already existing to certain sector of the society, i.e. youth.
WFP and Zabuntu presented their issue on data standard and the possibility to use data from different organizations using a predefined format. The problem is specifically related to geo-referenced data and to the possibility to share geo-coded information in between different organizations to allow for a better data analysis. The group worked on the creation of a database for geo-coded information that could eventually be shared with different organizations in Zambia working on Disaster Response.
Youth Climate Change Network reported on climate change impacts in health focusing on water related diseases statistics. The problems highlighted were related to the issue of getting statistics of the affected areas about water related problems such as draught, flooding and so on. The final goal is to collect data and input them into a program which will help predict upcoming water related problems such as diseases, there frequency and severity. The group discussed the possible support provided by technology in the creation of this system but also the importance of traditional knowledge and education.
Location: Olympic Youth Development Center, Great North Road, Lusaka, Zambia
Bus stops include:
07:30-08:30 - Registration
08:30-09:00 – Entertainment: Holy Family Cultural Drama Group
09:15-10:15 – Keynotes
10:10-11:10 – Problem Definition Presentations (5 minutes each)
11:10-11:30 – Tea break (leaders of Workshops convene)
11:30-12:30 – Self-Organized Workshops and Working Groups
12:30-13:30 – Lunch
13:30-15:00 – Self-Organized Workshops and Working Groups
15:00-15:30 – Tea break (leaders of Workshops convene)
15:30-17:00 – Self-Organized Workshops and Working Groups
17:00-18:00 – Dinner
09:00-10:00 – Recap
10:00-10:15 – Tea Break
10:15-11:45 – Self-Organized Workshops and Working Groups
12:00-13:00 – Lunch
13:00-14:30 – Presentation of “hacks” / results from Workshops.
14:30-15:00 – Tea Break
15:00-15:30 – Winner announced by judging panel
15:30-16:00 – Closing Plenary: Mr. Mark Bennet, Managing Director, Africonnect
17:00-18:00 – Dinner
* Picture ID * Your registration ticket RHoK 2.0 Lusaka * Laptop, with WiFi. * Power cord for your laptop. * Any extra extension cords/power strips you might have. * Headphones (always a good idea if you end up working with audio). * Notepads, pens, markers etc. Whatever you like using for notes.