Having to walk up to 100 meters to get a bucket of water from a standpost, is considered adequate water coverage according to the Angolan Institute of Statistics. Photo courtesy DW.

Having to walk up to 100 meters to get a bucket of water from a standpost is considered adequate water coverage according to the Angolan Institute of Statistics. Photo courtesy Development Workshop.

More that a third of Luandans do not have access to drinking water. The informal water market in Luanda, pumping river water into water trucks to sell and then re-sell in city bairros, brings in more than 250 million dollars a year, according to a recent study by Development Workshop (DW), a local NGO that has been working in Angola for 34 years. The Angola Field Group invites you to take a closer look at the serious challenges of Community Water Management with DW Director and founder, Allan Cain, Thursday, August 28 at 7:45 PM (please note our new starting time) at the Viking Club. Mr. Cain, an architect, urban planner, and international speaker, will be launching two new videos as part of his presentation. Development Workshop has been working for the last several years with the Ministry of Water and Energy on the development of a new national “Community Water Strategy”.

Pumping stations taking water out of the Bengo River to be loaded into waiting water  trucks.

Pumping stations taking water out of the Bengo River to be loaded into waiting water trucks.

Everybody is welcome to attend. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Beverages and snacks are sold at the Viking Bar which opens at 7:15 PM. Coupons must be purchased.

 For Sale: Hand woven baskets from the Zambezi Women’s Cooperative as well as books about Angola, and artisanal rock salt from the interior of Quicama National Park.    

 You can download a map showing the location of the Viking Club on our Join Us page. The Viking Club is on the main floor of Edificio Maianga, Rua Marien Nguabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the Panela de Barra restaurant.

There are various types of water standposts to service communities. Photo courtesy Tako Koning.

There are various types of water standposts to service communities. Photo courtesy Tako Koning.

ADDENDUM

Development Workshop has been working for the last several years with the Ministry of Water and Energy on the development of a new national “Community Water Strategy” called MoGeCA. The policy was developed as part of the Angolan Government’s Water for All Program. MoGeCA promotes an approach involving local communities in the planning, construction and management of water points, as a basic strategy promoting local development. Community management is defined here as a form of cooperation between the community and the government – local authorities and the Provincial Directorate of Energy and Water (DPEA) – or local water companies. It aims to improve water supply to the population in a way that each actor promotes the sustainability and maintenance of water supplies.

A MOGECA book has been published and printed as result of DW´s more than 30 years working in the water sector, together with government structures. The book is a manual on Community Water Management and has become the Angolan National Policy on sustainable water management. Each book comes with a set of cards to be used at training to explain the target groups how to reach sustainable water and waste management in their communities. Download a copy (in Portuguese) on DW’s website at dw.angonet.org/content/books-dw.

Allan Cain is an architect and specialist in project planning, urban development. He has a degree in Environmental Studies, did his graduate studies at the Architectural Association (London, UK) and further specialist studies at Harvard Business School and Bolder, Colorado (in Microfinance and Housing Finance). He has over 35 years of professional experience in developing countries, many of those in conflict and post-conflict Angola. He has worked as a consultant and lead research projects for the World Bank, UN Habitat the European Union and other international organisations. He has lectured at universities in Canada, China, Angola, Norway, USA, South Africa and UK. He is the director of Development Workshop and a member of the boards of several development institutions. His articles and papers have been published widely in international journals. He is co-founder and president of KixiCrédito, Angola’s first non-bank microfinance institution and has pioneered housing micro-finance in Angola and is currently a member of the international board of directors of BPD Water and Sanitation, representing the civil-society sector.

DW is engaged as a critical partner in the Angolan Government’s decentralisation programme in the areas of municipal participatory planning and land tenure reform. Their current program in Angola has parallel focuses; on peri-urban communities where the provision of infrastructure, basic services and community economic development remains a serious challenge, and on supporting the rehabilitation of social infrastructure and supporting the processes of settlement and social infrastructure for communities in the central highlands and the provinces of Cabinda and Luanda. With more than  three decades of research and practice in Angola, DW has been able to offer lessons for replication and influencing public policy in sectors of land tenure, housing, water supply and poverty reduction.

Calling all birders! Check out the Birds Angola website for two new papers to download, regarding the Short-winged Cisticola and the Dusky Twinspot. The Birds Angola website hosts all the latest news and information about birds in Angola, including the latest research and conservation updates. Click here to read the two new papers.

 

 

Valley of salt looks like snow.

Valley of salt looks like snow.

Back to the Salt Mines! Saturday and Sunday July 26 & 27, an overnight camping field trip to Ngunza, about 1 hour southwest of Muxima inside the greater Quicama National Park, to explore the ancient and historic salt mines of the Quicama tribe. In 2012 we had a field trip to re-discover the Salt Mines mentioned in historic documents as far back as 1593 (see last year’s post here). We found a large salina but didn’t have time to properly explore. We are now going back to spend more time hiking around the surrounding area.

Land of Baobobs, the Road to Quicama Park via Muxima.

Land of Baobobs, the Road to Quicama Park via Muxima.

Please note:
1. This trip requires several hours of hiking mostly on level ground.
2.  Participants must be self-sufficient in terms of camping.
3. A 4 wheel drive vehicle with high wheel base is required.
4. We will be camping in tall grass, capim, so take along a machete or shovel to level an area to set up your tent. This is the kind of grass that has burrs that attach to clothing.

Field group hiking to the salt flats in 2012. Potential salt domes loom in background

Field group hiking to the salt flats in 2012. Potential salt domes loom in background.

We will leave the city at 6:30 AM, drive via Catete and then right before Muxima we will head south west to Ngunza.  We will be accompanied by Angola Field Group member Serafim Quintino who is a native of Quicama.

Meeting point and further details will be provided once you are confirmed for the trip. As with all our field trips, there is limited space. Sign up at the Angola Field Group presentation on July 10 or by emailing: angolafieldgroup@gmail.com and state:    1)your cell phone number   2)names of all participants including drivers  3)whether you have room for passenger/s (keeping in mind space occupied by camping gear)    4)whether you are travelling from Luanda Sul or downtown Luanda. All Angola Field Group trips are at your own risk. There is a provincial border crossing so you must carry valid documents with you.

We will be camping in grass this high.

We will be camping in grass this high.

Kayaking the Kwanza River, Angola's longest river, which stretches for almost 1000 kilometers from Bie to the Atlantic. Photo courtesy Christian Stolte.

Kayaking the Kwanza River, Angola’s longest river, which stretches for almost 1000 kilometers from Bie to the Atlantic. Photo courtesy Christian Stolte.

Kayaking the Kwanza“, a recent three day adventure from Muxima to the Atlantic… The Angola Field Group invites you to drift down the Kwanza River, Angola’s biggest river, with ‘the kayak guys’. Take in their travelogue Thursday, July 10th at 7:45 PM at the Viking Club. They will offer kayaking tips for Angola and have on display one of their boats! (Please note our new starting time).

Water taxi, tranquilo. Photo courtesy Christian Stolte.

Water taxi, tranquilo. Photo courtesy Christian Stolte.

Baby alligator. Every year there are reports of humans, especially women and children, dragged into the river by alligators. Courtesy Christian Stolte.

Baby alligator. Every year there are reports of humans, especially women and children, dragged into the river by alligators. Photo courtesy Christian Stolte.

Glistening waters of the Kwanza River hold many secrets. Queen Nzinga's sister was reputedly drowned in the river by the Portuguese for spying in the 1640's. Photo courtesy Christian Stolte.

Glistening waters of the Kwanza River hold many secrets. Queen Nzinga’s sister was reputedly drowned in the river by the Portuguese for spying in the 1640’s. Photo courtesy Christian Stolte.

In addition, we will also be showing some clips of the historic and culturally rich Luandos region, south of the Kwanza River, home of the former Quicama warriors. Field Group members are invited to the annual Festas Populares dos Luandos , a time for those who left Luandos, to come back to the village and enjoy its traditions, September 12, 13, 14. Representative Serafim Quintino will be on hand to register people and answer questions.

Villagers welcoming visitors to the Luandos Festival.

Villagers welcoming visitors to the Luandos Festival. Photo courtesy http://kudisanza.wordpress.com

Everybody is welcome to attend. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Beverages and snacks are sold, coupons must be purchased. The Viking Bar opens at 7:15 PM. The location is: main floor Edificio Maianga, Rua Marien Nguabi, No 118, Maianga, across from Panela de Barro restaurant. You can download a map showing the location of the Viking Club at angolafieldgroup.com/find-us

For Sale: Wild honey and artisanal peanut butter from the Mutti Farm in Moxico. Handwoven baskets from the Zambezi Women´s Cooperative. Natural medicine including Artemesia Tea from ANAMED in Bie. Books about Angola.

Area known as Luandos, located just outside the southeast zone of Quicama National Park.

Area known as Luandos, located just outside the southeast corner of Quicama National Park. Map courtesy http://kudisanza.wordpress.com – click map to enlarge.

Within a joint Nordic programme organized by the Norwegian and the Swedish Embassies, the Viking Club invites you to attend the screening of two Nordic documentary films.
 22 May at 8pm – a film about Olof Palme, the former  Prime Minister of Sweden (English with Portuguese subtitles) – see below for details about this film.
29 May at 8pm – a film about the world renown Norwegian painter Edward Munch (English with Portuguese subtitles) – scroll down to the next post for more details about this film.

The Viking Bar will open at 7:15 PM and the movies will start rolling at 8:00 PM. You can download a map showing the location of the Viking Club on this website’s Join Us page. The Viking Club is on the main floor of the former Swedish Building at Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the new Panela de Barra restaurant.

Olof Palme

PALME –A 20th Century Tale, a film about Olof Palme, the former Prime Minister of Sweden.

Synopsis: In 1986 Olof Palme was openly shot to death on a February evening on the streets of Stockholm. In one night, the country of Sweden was transfigured.The film PALME is about his life, his times, and about the Sweden he had created. Olof Palme was a boy from the upper-class who ended up creating the world’s most equal society. He was the tactician who was driven by his passion for social justice. Worshipped and hated beyond parallel. Neither before him nor after him has any othe politician resembled Olof Palme. Through Olof Palme, a minor country like Sweden affected major international politics.

This film about Olof Palme is a journey through time, in pictures and experiences.The film uses never shown private footage as well as interviews with family members and former colleagues. The film was directed by the award winning filmmakers Kristina Lindström and Maud Nycander.

PALME premiered in Swedish cinemas in September 2012. The film is 103 minutes long and will be shown with English narration and Portuguese subtitles.

All are welcome to attend!

The Scream, painting by Edvard Munsch

The Scream, painting by Edvard Munch

The Viking Club, on behalf of the Norwegian and Swedish Embassies, invites members of the Angola Field Group to the screening of the documentary Let the Scream be Heard, in celebration of “Norwegian-Swedish-Month”, Thursday May 29, at 8:00 PM.

Let the Scream be Heard is an international documentary film focusing on an artistic investigation to reveal the secret behind the universality and timelessness of Norwegian Painter Edvard Munch’s extensive creation, spanning over 60 years and 18,000 works of art.

This film is an attempt to understand that in a world where 15 minutes of fame or even 15 seconds of fame are the deeply satisfying and much sought after rewards, why are we celebrating an artist named Edvard Munch even after 150 years?

To find the answer, we journey back into the mind of Munch himself, traveling through the process of his creation, listening to his own words, learning from his values and philosophies, witnessing the tests of his survival, experiencing life’s mysteries resolved and resonating in his works, and understanding what artistic integrity eventually amounts to in an ever-changing scheme of existence.

Using interviews from various Munch experts and contemporary artists alike, borrowing from elements that influenced Munch, and those which he influenced, our effort is to create an audio-visual collage on celluloid which may enable us to sense why Edvard Munch is relevant to us today and will remain so for years to come…

The Viking Bar opens at 7:15 PM and the movie will start rolling at 8:00 PM. You can download a map showing the location of the Viking Club on this website’s Join Us page. The Viking Club is on the main floor of the former Swedish Building at Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the new Panela de Barra restaurant.

Click to enlarge.

Click poster image to enlarge.

 

 

 

Angola is one of the countries in Africa with the highest bird diversity – 938 native species – including a high number of endemic and threatened species. Despite its richness, Angola is still one of the least known countries for birds. This lack of knowledge is mainly a consequence of both the Portuguese Colonial war and the Angolan civil war which together lasted 41 years (1961–2002), halting scientific studies and expeditions.

Click here to read this recent paper on historical data on birds of Angola based on the Angolan ornithological collection held by the Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical (IICT) in Lisbon, Portugal.
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