UN refugee agency expands Zambian development through integration programme

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that in support of the Government-led “Zambia Initiative” it recently held discussions with provincial administrators, traditional chiefs, Government technical employees, staff members from several UN agencies, as well as refugees in North-Western province’s capital, Solwezi.To get the programme going, UNHCR has provided $380,000 for quick impact projects (QIPs) and would play a catalytic role in sensitizing donors about the needs of both refugee-hosting and refugee communities.“At UNHCR, we recognize voluntary repatriation as the best durable solution for refugees and development through local integration (DLI) as an alternative in cases where they can’t go home,” the refugee agency’s regional representative, Ahmed Said Farah, said.Zambia currently hosts 175,000 refugees, most of them from Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Burundi.Western province is the poorest area in Zambia, but has the largest number of refugees. With 120,000 refugees and local hosts there benefiting from small loans, improved seeds and agricultural extension services in 2003-2004, successes included boosting crop productivity to 3.5 tons per hectare from 1.5 tons, UNHCR said.The farmers not only produced enough food for their use, but sold 564 tons to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and invested the proceeds in further maize cultivation, changing themselves from aid recipients into food suppliers, it said.Some 1,200 women cattle owners were trained in producing butter and cheese, health clinics and laboratories were set up, with motorcycles and ambulances for health service delivery, while 11 classrooms, a girls’ hostel and a teachers’ residence were built with locally produced bricks.Dominic Minyoi, the initiative’s national coordinator, said that because of the experience in Western province, government officials and members of Parliament had requested similar projects in other refugee-hosting areas and he planned to use the programme’s $16 million budget to establish them. read more

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Police hunt Ross from Friends lookalike over shop theft as David Schwimmer

Officers, I swear it wasn’t me.As you can see, I was in New York.To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation.#itwasntme pic.twitter.com/EDFF9dZoYR— schwim (@DavidSchwimmer) October 24, 2018 Ross from friends lookalike video  David Schwimmer has responded after social media users drew attention to an alleged thief who bears a resemblance to his character in the sitcom Friends.Police in Blackpool had posted on Facebook asking for witnesses to identify a suspect pictured leaving a restaurant carrying what appeared to be a carton of cans.Facebook users quickly piled into the comments section, pointing out the suspect’s likeness to Schwimmer’s character Ross Geller in the well-loved US show.The alleged theft happened on September 20, the post said. He signed off the tweet with the hashtag “It wasn’t me”, and wished officers in Blackpool the best of luck with their investigation. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Friends star David Schwimmer (right) spoofed the beer thief lookalike (left) in a video response to Blackpool PoliceCredit:Blackpool Police/@DavidSchwimmer  Following numerous responses, Lancashire Constabulary replied: “Thank you to everyone for your speedy responses.”We have investigated this matter thoroughly and have confirmed that David Schwimmer was in America on this date.”We’re so sorry it has to be this way.”The story eventually reached Schwimmer in the US, who posted a video of him in an American supermarket carrying a crate of cans down an aisle.  read more

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