Long Term Planning Framework 2012-2015: Southeast Asia regional office

  1. Who are we?

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) seeks to save lives and change minds under its Strategy 2020. This ambition guides the IFRC regional office for Southeast Asia (SEARO) in its support to 11 national Red Cross Red Crescent societies in the region: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Timor-Leste, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The regional office is part of the Asia Pacific zone which is one of the nine business groups of the IFRC secretariat. The regional office works through the six country offices of IFRC - Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Timor-Leste, and Viet Nam - to support those respective national societies. In 2012-2013, new heads of country offices were appointed in Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam. The regional office also acts as a de facto country office for Thailand and Lao PDR, and liaises directly with the national society leadership and management of Brunei, Malaysia, and Singapore in terms of its support. In addition to serving the host national societies of Southeast Asia, the Bangkok office supports partner national societies active or with an interest in the region. This includes three partner national societies who are currently integrated in the Bangkok office, namely: American Red Cross, Australian Red Cross1 and French Red Cross; as well as the Global Road Safety Partnership (a hosted IFRC programme). For those partners with no permanent presence, the regional office provides regular updates and represents their interests in the region. The regional office also coordinates the follow-up of Movement initiatives with the International Committee of the Red Cross’ (ICRC) regional office, also located in Bangkok.