Zambian Government to Pilot a CFS App
The Zambian government will be piloting a Children First Software (CFS) application which will provide a database of vulnerable people in the country. This application will assist in providing support to the less fortunate, rather than institutionalising them in centres.
Emerine Kabanshi, Minister of Community Development and Social Services, will implement the CFS program in 2018 and share it with other African countries in an effort to end institutionalisation of underprivileged people in communities and children on the streets.
According to Kabanshi this technological tool will assist her ministry by tracking down the families of underprivileged people across the country. Furthermore she said that the government is fighting institutionalisation by addressing the plight of the vulnerable so that they are reintegrated in families and in households where they are loved and cared for.
The Minister attended the Global Child Protector Symposium and Conference held in Washington DC in November 2017. The conference was organised by Both Ends Believing, a global working organisation aimed at defending every child’s right to a secure, loving family. The group attracted 18 member countries, US government officials, NGOs, and child welfare experts..
Both Ends Believing will be in Zambia December to work with officials in Kabanshi’s ministry. They will compile data of the vulnerable in the country. Once this is done, Zambia will then share the CFS application with other countries in the Southern African region.
“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% to 20% 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. The government is aiming to put over 700,000 families on Social Cash transfer.