Peter Van Erum
Euregio-East Africa Livelihood Improvement Programme (Masaka, Uganda and Kagera Tanzania)
Professional Background: Peter Van Erum is a Belgian national who has a Master’s Degree in Biology and a post-graduate diploma in Education. In 1992, Peter started his carreer in Tanzania in a rural school as a science teacher. Soon after he became involved in development work as a project coordinator for mostly agricultural projects. In 2000 he moved to Belgium to work as the project manager Uganda at the head office of Trias (a Belgian NGO) in Brussels and in 2002 he went back to East Africa to become the Regional Coordinator Uganda and NW Tanzania for Trias in Kampala. Between 2005 and 2014 –still for Trias- he was engaged as an advisor for organisation and agro-enterprise development for mostly farmer associations in Uganda. Between 2014 and 2016, Peter was the country director for Swisscontact Tanzania based in Dar Es Salaam.
Project Partner: The Euregio-East Africa Livelihood Improvement Programme (EEALIP) is supported by the Autonomous Provinces of Bolzano/Bozen – South Tyrol (Italy), Trento/Trentino (Italy) and Tyrol (Austria) and is implemented by Caritas MADDO (Masaka Diocesan Development Organization – Uganda), Missenyi District (Tanzania), KADDRO (Kayanga Diocesan Development and Relief Office - Tanzania) and Kolping Society of Tanzania. The programme focuses on cross-border development activities in the areas of agriculture, environmental conservation, sanitation and health.
Assignment Period: 01/04/2017 - 30/03/2019
Overall Objective of Assignment: To contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by promoting improved livelihoods of rural communities in East Africa in collaboration with the 4 local EUREGIO-partner-organizations.
- The local partners have increased capacities for the joint coordination of the EEALIP.
- The local partners are collaborating on a regular basis.
- The local partners have improved technical capacities to successfully implement the EEALIP.
- The EUREGIO and its local partners have developed their communication, PR & marketing skills.
- The EEALIP and its local project partners have improved skills in other programme- and project-related tasks.
Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC), Dar es Salaam/Tanzania
Professional Background: Susanne works as a Service-TA in cooperation with the Austrian Leprosy Relief Association (ALRA) based in Bregenz, Austria, to support the CSSC health department in enlarging its partner network and strengthening the quality of health care provision in CSSC institutions. She holds a Master Degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (University of London) and a Master Degree in African Studies from the University of Leipzig. Previously, Susanne worked for several years in health programmes of GIZ and DED in Malawi.
Project Partner: Established in 1992, the Christian Social Service Commission of Tanzania (CSSC) supports the delivery of social services provided by Christian faith-based institutions to improve communities' quality of life and reduce poverty. CSSC aims to improve quality, accessibility, and availability of health and education services in Tanzania through partnerships and institutional development, capacity building, and lobbying and advocacy. In collaboration with various government and non-governmental partners, CCSC coordinates the implementation of numerous health and education projects such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis programmes (with the Global Fund), the Malaria Communities Programme, the Pay for Performance Programme, and the Construction and Rehabilitation of School and Health Facilities programme.
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Assignment Period: 01/10/2016 – 30/09/2018
Overall Objective of Assignment: Capacity building and organisational development enable CSSC to provide improved services to its partner institutions that ultimately leads to a strengthened health sector in Tanzania
- CSSC utilises evidence-based information for effective lobbying and advocacy work.
- CSSC’s health department prepares and publishes marketing and project related documents and reports of high quality.
- CSSC understands the needs of its partners/beneficiaries.
- CSSC’s health department offers effective, high-quality services for its beneficiaries.
- CSSC’s network of partners has been extended.
- CSSC’s partners/beneficiaries have further developed their capacities in the health sector (e.g. in the field of NTDs).
Professional Background: Philipp studied biology in the field of ecology with a focus on vegetation ecology and organic agriculture in the tropics; selected courses attended in development cooperation and environmental economics University of Vienna, Austria (degree equivalent to combined Bsc + MSc. He has been assigned to work with MAYAWA in Bukoba, in the area of Organic Agriculture and Fair Trade. MAYAWA is a member-based organization of farmers in Bukoba, Missenyi and Muleba districts. The organization works with poor famer households for livelihood improvement through provision of extension services, provision of agricultural inputs and accessibility to markets.
Partner Organisation: MAYAWA in Bukoba, in the area of Organic Agriculture and Fair Trade. MAYAWA is a member-based organization of farmers in Bukoba, Missenyi and Muleba districts. The organization works with poor famer households for livelihood improvement through provision of extension services, provision of agricultural inputs and accessibility to markets.
Assignment Period: 1/05/2016 – 29/04/2019
Overall Goal of Assignment: Improved cash income, food security and sustainable environmental solutions for the rural households in Kagera Region.
- Efficient farmer organization is delivering extension services to their members.
- MAYAWA Farmers transformed from relying on substance agriculture to become market oriented farmers.
- Competence in capacity building of farmers in new agricultural techniques, organic farming, agroforestry technologies and mitigations against climate change.