ZaRP is a network made up of partnerships of small groups of private individuals in the UK and Zambia. As such it has no central income, fees, expenditure or administrative costs. Any group expenditure incurred by individuals in the network or by groups, such as the cost of phone calls, and any loans would be expected to be covered by the individuals in ZaRP.
Phone costs to Zambia can be fairly inexpensive. A Post Office international phone card gives 30 minutes call time to mobile phones in Zambia for £5 and there are many other card providers promoting better deals.
Once initial loans have been made then if all goes according to plan the loan will be repaid in full and will be available to lend to the
next member of the group and no additional finance will be needed.
Once a partnership has achieved its immediate goal of increasing food production in all participating households in a rural community then it is up to the UK partners to decide what
they want to do next. They might widen their support by building new partnerships with other Zambian communities. Alternatively they might deepen their support by assisting their partners to develop their community with small infrastructure projects such as irrigation, health or education. This second course would be outside the scope of ZaRP and the funding would be down to the UK partners in the group.
If ZaRP is to live up to its potential then some partnership support will be needed especially in the early years. It is envisaged that a small support charity called ZaRP Services will be established. This would be funded entirely from grants, corporate sponsorship and private donations. ZaRP partners would not be approached for contributions.
In the UK, ZaRP Services will:
- Recruit appropriate UK partners and match them with poor rural communities in Zambia
- Scale up and manage the operations whilst managing the risks
- Set up a panel of experts to advise partners as necessary
- Be a source of direct advice for UK partners
- Help transfer learning between groups
- Identify and meet resource requirements raising funds as necessary
- Identify and draw up agreements with key organisational allies
- Build and maintain good relations with the Charity Commission and Inland Revenue
- Identify new ways of using technology to improve operational efficiency
- Build and maintain the website and IT
To provide these functions it is envisaged that a small team will be needed. Initially we could make use of the facilities of an international partner NGO.
In Zambia, ZaRP Services will be responsible for delivering or overseeing central activities:
- Recruitment of Zambian partner groups – identifying and briefing groups that meet the selection criteria.
- Training – ensuring Zambian partners receive sound instruction in techniques to improve agricultural productivity.
- Monitoring progress of projects.
- Auditing projects – to prevent exploitation, fraud and misunderstandings.
- Maintaining good relations with Zambian authorities.
To deliver these activities ZaRP Services will use a combination of employees, partnerships and contractors.
The ideal scenario would be to work in partnership with one of the reputable non governmental organisation (NGO) training providers who are already working in Zambia. These NGOs are already receiving funding to run workshops and practical sessions to train Zambian farmers in more sustainable farming practices. The content and delivery of the training tends to be good.
Hopefully we can link up with an NGO partner who is keen to use ZaRP to provide the ongoing non technical support that is very expensive to provide on a non voluntary basis and help the Zambian farmers manage the risk of change.