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JCP Zambia appoints a new country director

The Joint Country Programme (JCP), composed of Norwegian Church AidDanChurch Aid and Christian Aid in Zambia, has a new country director.

Lennart Reinius will take over from Harald Nyeggen Sommer, who has been at the helm of the institution for over two and half years.

Mr Reinius said he was looking forward to the new opportunity.

'I am excited and proud because I know that the three agencies making up the joint country programme have a strong history in promoting human development and human rights and collaborating across different faiths and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Zambia,' Mr Reinius said. 

'Zambia, like other similar countries in the region, has challenges in terms of poverty, human rights and inequalities and these have to be continuously addressed if progress has to be made.'

New Christian Aid Zambia country director, Lennart Reinius
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I am excited and proud because I know that the three agencies making up the joint country programme have a strong history in promoting human development and human rights

- Lennart Reinius, JCP country director.

Mr Reinius said he believes Zambia is a 'stable, and relatively peaceful, although being culturally diverse'.

'The stability and relative calm is however not sufficient in order to progress,' he said.

'People need to step up and use their passion and energies to work towards the vision of a better country, where there is progressive and even radical change in terms of human rights, justice and equality.

'If JCP triggers and supports such change we are on the right track.'

Though Mr Reinius will be working in Zambia for the first time, he brings a wealth of experience from working in his home country Sweden and many other African countries including Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa, where he held leadership positions in different international organisations including Save the Children and Plan International.

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