Programme purpose: As outlined in the 2009-10 plan, the aim of the International Federation South Asia regional office is to increase the capacity of the South Asian national societies to provide services that improve the lives of vulnerable people.
Programme(s) summary: The first half of 2009 saw the finalising of some of the disaster risk reduction (DRR) work started in 2008. The community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) training curriculum, including the facilitators' guide, participant's workbook and supplement to facilitators guide, was finalised and printed. Similarly other DRR materials like, standard criteria for first aid kits in South Asia, were developed. A handbook entitled "My Personal Guide to Advocacy for Risk Reduction" documenting Red Cross Red Crescent and inter-agency DRR success stories and providing suggestions on advocacy for DRR practitioners was also finalised. The reporting period also saw further developments in the regional disaster management review. The country disaster management review reports were shared and a comparative analysis of the 2004 and 2007 Well Prepared National Societies was made. These reports as well as the overall disaster management review report were discussed in June.
Under the health and care programme, each national society in the regional HIV programme has aligned their logical frameworks and plans with the global alliance on HIV. Volunteer audits are also taking place under the regional HIV programme. A short film on regional HIV programme with the objective to showcase the contribution of the South Asia Red Cross Red Crescent HIV programme to the reduction of the burden of HIV in the region is being produced. The film will be used as an advocacy tool and will also A group of individuals taking part in the community-based disaster risk reduction hazard mapping exercise in Bhutan. The International Federation disaster management team from the South Asia regional office provided the technical support to the Bhutanuese government in implementing this training in May. Photo: International Federation. support fundraising efforts for the regional HIV programme. Country specific tailor-made support continued under the organizational development programme with support to the harmonisation plan in Afghanistan, to strengthen the organizational development capacity in Bangladesh, to support the Operational Alliance on organizational development light in Nepal, to the branch development in India, and the formation process of the National Society in Maldives. A brochure on Integrated programming approach (IPA) was developed which include an IPA checklist. A new communications strategy is currently being developed which offers a plan to make the regional delegation the reference when it comes to both the delivery of programmes of the highest quality to vulnerable people, and clear advocacy on their behalf. The finance development component continued to review and support this area of work in the National Societies and the planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting component provided tailor made support to the countries in the region and were heavily involved in the development of the 2010-11 country and regional plans. The PMER unit also revised and finalized the regional strategy for South Asia and presented it at the 20th Secretary General forum for South Asia where it was adopted.
Financial situation: The total 2009 budget has been revised from CHF 3,763,197 (USD 3,480,716 or EUR 2,467,015) to CHF 3,158,088 (USD 2,899,185 or EUR 2,068,100), of which 51 per cent was covered. Expenditure from January to May 2009 was 26 per cent of the overall 2009 budget. Expenditure was low due to the low funding for regional programme activities, together with delayed funding confirmation.
No. of people we help: The South Asia regional office supports the seven national societies and seven country offices of the International Federation in South Asia. The South Asia regional office is also actively working with the authorities in Bhutan in providing disaster management and risk reduction training for their leadership. The region includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, out of which the national societies exist in all except Bhutan. Please refer to the country reports for the beneficiary numbers for these countries.
Our partners: The main partners supporting the regional programmes during the reporting period remain the American, British, Danish, Finnish, Japanese and Swedish Red Cross Societies, along with the European Commission/ECHO, British Department for International Development (DFID) and World Bank (GFDRR). Technical partnerships/relations were also maintained with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, the SAARC disaster management centre, UN/International Strategy for Disaster Response, World Bank (through the ProVention consortium), other UN organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations under the regional disaster management programme; and with the World Health Organization, networks of people living with HIV, government ministries and civil society organizations under the regional health and care programmes. The South Asia regional office also maintained strong cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross and links with the World Food Programme, UNDP and USAID. Further, close cooperation was continued with international media agencies like Reuters, BBC and CNN, for efficient information flow, especially during disasters.
The International Federation, on behalf of the national societies in the South Asia region, would like to thank the abovementioned partners for their generous support.