Beira, Mozambique Donors have pledged an initial $1.2 billion to help restore livelihoods and rebuild infrastructure destroyed by cyclones Kenneth and Idai in Mozambique, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) announced on Sunday.
According to UNDP, a two-day international pledging conference in the central Mozambique city of Beira � one of the areas worst hit by cyclones Idai and Kenneth � wrapped up with development partners committing financial and technical resources to support recovery interventions as the country deals with the challenging devastation.
The powerful tropical cyclones, which struck the Southeast African nation in quick succession this past March and April respectively, killed hundreds and impacted close to two million.
The important point coming out of this conference is that this recovery needs to be resilient. Mozambique is prone to climate change disasters, and those cyclones were not a one-time event � unfortunately � and the probability of these disasters reoccurring, many times in the future, is very high, UNDP Africa Bureau Regional Director Noura Hamladji said at the conference, adding that there is a need to 'build back better', to look at infrastructure, resilience of communities in a different way.
UNDP said the Mozambique Government is establishing a Disaster Management Fund that includes a contribution to its capitalization of 0.1 percent of the State budget, as well as contributions from partners.
Partners, in particular UNDP, pledged to also support capacity development of the Reconstruction Cabinet, a platform established by the government to ensure transparency and accountability in the achievement of results as well as promoting the development of norms for better reconstruction � building back better, and technical capacity to conduct feasibility studies and procurement, among others.
Source: International Islamic News Agency