East Africa Region: Development Operational Report (MAA64003)

1. Executive Summary

Overall Project/Program Status:

In February 2013, the East Africa Regional Representation Office (EARRO) team hosted a meeting of DM, Health and WatSan coordinators of 14 National Societies in the region to review Disaster Management activities in 2012 with the view of identifying lessons learnt, opportunities and challenges. IFRC held an Urban Resilience/Risk workshop that took place in Arusha, Tanzania in which Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania national societies participated. A second Urban Risk planning workshop will take place in Kampala in July 2013.

The IFRC submitted a 2 year proposal to the Norwegian Red Cross on Beneficiary communication (BC) and the roll out of TERA project. This was approved and the project is set to kick off in July.
The EARRO PMER team conducted a mapping exercise of PMER capacities of all 15 National Societies, which was very useful in identification of key areas of support for each National Society. A capacity assessment and PMER training was conducted in Ethiopia and the assessment report disseminated. The timely submission for reports improved during the reporting period. The number of overdue reports reduced significantly from 50 at the beginning of the year to about 15 at the end of June 2013. Overall, the regional office has submitted and published over 200 reports in the reporting period.

EARRO supported developing a total of 7 DREFs and 4 Appeals in the reporting period, mainly in response to disease outbreaks, floods and population movements in Uganda, Kenya, Seychelles, Madagascar and Sudan. The IFRC Region’s Technical Support Unit (TSU) team provided technical feedback and input during the preparation of these DREFs and Appeals, and negotiated with IFRC Geneva office to secure timely approval.
The Humanitarian Diplomacy unit has successfully held workshops and launched a number of reports including:

 Investing in National Societies’ volunteers and partnerships: the road to strengthening community resilience in East Africa- May 2013

  • The road to resilience – June 2013

  • Changes in the arid land: how to strengthen community resilience- June 2013