Uzbekistan MAAUZ001 Annual Report 2012

Overview

In the year 2012, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) supported the Uzbekistan Red Crescent Society to raise humanitarian standards by participating in the organizational capacity assessment and certification (OCAC) process. Besides, the National Society was assisted to strengthen the specific Red Cross and Red Crescent contribution to development through community based health and first aid programme. In order to heighten Red Cross / Red Crescent influence and support for our work, the IFRC worked on closer country integration in Uzbekistan by negotiating the renewal of the IFRC status agreement. The IFRC also encouraged Red Crescent resource mobilization activities through technical support. Key achievements for the year 2012 include a completed self-assessment within the OCAC process and a dialogue between IFRC and the Uzbekistan Ministry of Foreign Affaires on the status agreement.

The main factor affecting the implementation of the planned activities was the shortage of funds. The withdrawal of several traditional donors that used to channel their programme support multilaterally has created a financial vacuum so the National Society had to reduce the scale of programming and is looking for funds from non-traditional donors and is also strengthening its in- country fundraising.

In the reporting period the IFRC encouraged and supported the Uzbekistan RC in seeking funding from the European Union by responding to calls for proposals. Thus, the Uzbekistan RC was supported in developing a concept note aimed at promoting women’s rights and their social and economic empowerment in the country. The Uzbekistan National Society, alongside with other four National Societies from Central Asia, was also assisted in joining the application on strengthening the capacities of non-state actors. Unfortunately, the concept note was not pre-selected and the application was not supported. However, the Uzbekistan RC is one of the implementing partners in the successful IFRC proposal aimed at providing services to migrants in four countries of the region.

The proposal was built on Red Cross / Red Crescent experience in the area of migration including the established Central Asia Regional Migration Network. The project will be implemented starting from 2013 for three years.

Following the strategic direction to move the emphasis on the support of the national societies in the region to build their internal technical capacity, the structure of the Federation Regional Representation in Almaty underwent a substantial restructuring. A number of regionally based technical support functions were assigned to the IFRC Zone office in Budapest and the IFRC Representation in Tajikistan. The process, whereby the International Federation`s status agreement in the country will be renewed, started with an intensive dialogue with the Uzbekistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This will enable the International Federation to ensure closer country integration and provide focused support to the Red Crescent Society in Uzbekistan.