Albania: Appeal No. MAAAL002 Mid-Year report

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This report covers the period 1 January 2010 to 30 June 2010

In brief

Programme Purpose: In line with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' (IFRC) Strategy 2020 the aim of the Federation supported programmes in Albania is to save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disasters and crises; to enable healthy and safe living; and to promote social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace.

Disaster preparedness and response remains the priority area of the National Society. The work focuses on implementing its disaster preparedness and response plan at local level in line with the national disaster management plan. Moreover, increasing awareness of the public at large, of the government and non-governmental institutions to disaster preparedness and risk reduction make this another important element of the National Society programming, using vulnerability and capacity assessment (VCA) exercises. All activities are to further improve the operational capacities of the Albanian Red Cross to effectively respond to cases of disaster.

Programme(s) summary: No activity in any of the Federation supported programmes has taken place. For most of the year no funding channelled through the Federation was available and the Albanian Red Cross has been active in seeking other sources of funding, partners and opportunities. In late May some funding was provided by the Norwegian Red Cross through the Federation, earmarked for Disaster management activities. The national Society is currently preparing plan of action that will outline the activities in this area.