South Asia Appeal No. MAA52001 - Mid-Year Report 2011
This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2011.
5 August 2011
Programme purpose: The aim of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is to coordinate and support efforts at country and regional level to assist South Asian national societies to scale up their work to improve the lives of vulnerable people.
Programme summary: The senior tsunami officer overseeing South Asia has been relocated from the Asia Pacific zone office in Kuala Lumpur to the South Asia regional delegation in April. The delegate is still supported by the tsunami unit in the Asia Pacific zone and to date, this role has focused on the final stages of closing down tsunami operations in Sri Lanka and its continuous transition to regular activities under the management of the regional office.
During the first quarter, the regional position of disaster management (DM) coordinator was filled and the incumbent has taken up his post. Initial actions included the updating and articulation of a DM strategy for the region as well as the development of a new human resource (HR) structure focusing on bringing the regional DM team closer to the field. The regional DM programme also focused on meeting challenges arising from vulnerabilities and risks of re-occurring disasters in South Asia. It continued to focus on supporting national societies to improve the quality of their community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) programming, including the production of a concept paper outlining the process of so doing for the next four years. The DM team also worked to support national society disaster preparedness capacity building. Regional capacities of disaster response teams at the regional and national levels were improved to respond effectively and function as response networks during emergencies.
The regional health and care programme focused on assisting national societies in their endeavour to reduce vulnerability due to poor health by enhancing their capacity to respond to HIV and other public health issues in emergencies and in peace times, through partnership, advocacy and resource development initiatives. Furthermore, the focus was on the scaling up of community-based health and first aid (CBHFA) activities and rolling out the global CBHFA in action across the region.
Under the strategy of country specific tailor-made organizational development (OD) support, assistance was provided to national societies in the region for strategic planning processes, strengthening branch capacity for resource mobilization, income generation potentials, and Operational Alliance on OD and various OD issues. In May, the South Asia regional delegation organized and participated in a regional fundraising workshop hosted by the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society specifically targeting the opportunities and issues surrounding the culture of fundraising in the region as a step to promote, advocate and support the national societies in the region to develop and or implement their policies on fundraising and resource mobilization.
The principles and values programme was mainly integrated with other programmes and formed a part of most of the trainings conducted by the disaster management and health programmes in the region.
Financial situation: The appeal budget is CHF 2,054, 001 (USD 2,681,320 or EUR 1,898,408). Appeal coverage is 67 per cent. Expenditure from January to June was 32 per cent per cent of the overall 2011 budget.
No. of people reached: The South Asia regional office supports the seven national societies and seven IFRC country offices in South Asia. It is also working with the authorities in Bhutan in providing disaster risk reduction (DRR) and CBHFA interventions, along with assistance during emergency operations. The region includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, out of which national societies exist in all except Bhutan.
The total number of direct beneficiaries of the DIPECHO supported ‘building safer communities’ project is 2630 (2,100 are pupils taking part in a school competitions and 530 people from different organizations). The total number of targeted beneficiaries are 2,628.
Our partners: The current partners of the South Asia regional office programmes are: Australian Red Cross, British Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross, Danish Red Cross, Finnish Red Cross, Italian Red Cross, Japanese Red Cross, Netherlands Red Cross, Norwegian Red Cross, Swedish Red Cross, the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO/DIPECHO). In addition, working relationships are being developed or further strengthened with the South Asia Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) disaster management centre, Bhutan government, United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Response (UNISDR), World Health Organization (WHO), and non-governmental organizations in the region.
The International Federation, on behalf of the national societies in the South Asia region, would like to thank the above mentioned partners for their generous support.