Programme purpose: The International Federation's North Africa regional representation, in line with the Global Agenda Goals of the International Federation, continues to provide essential support in facilitating the development of the five National Societies in the North Africa region. This is being achieved by building their capacities and providing technical support to the four core areas of disaster management, health and care, capacity development, and promotion of Fundamental Principles and Humanitarian Values.
Programme summary: The North Africa regional representation continued to support North African National Societies in their emergency operations as well as in long-term capacity building and development programmes.
Under the regional disaster management programme, support was given in responding to several emergencies in Egypt (closure of Gaza borders, Cairo rockslides, Gaza humanitarian crisis); Morocco (floods) and Algeria (floods) through strengthening the regional preparedness and readiness of National Society systems and structures. Under the regional health and care programme, health capacity building workshops in the areas of HIV-AIDS, community-based health and first aid, public health in emergencies and promotion of regional health networks were the areas of focus. The regional organisational development programme provided country specific tailor made support with regards to integrating volunteers, youth management and related organisational development tools into National Societies' disaster management and health programming. Integrating the promotion of Principles and Humanitarian Values into all National Society activities; strengthening internal and external communications (including the development and production of high quality visibility materials); providing extensive support to countries in the region in their North Africa Appeal No. MAA82001 02/08/2009 This report covers the period 01/01/2008 to 31/12/2008. Moroccan Red Crescent volunteers of Laayoune branch supporting the migrants. International Federation. 2 preparation of International Federation Secretariat plans for 2009-10; and supporting countries in the region on governance issues, strategic planning and legal statutes was other core areas of support.
Financial situation: The total 2008 budget was revised from CHF 2,467,258 (USD 2,349,770 or EUR 1,509,026) to CHF 1,656,277 (USD 1,577,407 or EUR 1,013,013), of which 93 percent was covered. The target was revised based on implementation rates and donor response to the Appeal.
Overall expenditure was CHF 883,597. The funds earmarked for 2008 programmes were spent according to plans and donors' requirements. However, approximately 50% of the income in the year was transferred in the last quarter of 2008 for multi-year programmes (2008-2009), which explains the large balance left over on projects at the end of the year.
The regional representation managed to access additional funds from global programmes for human pandemic preparedness (H2P) in Egypt; the International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) for several emergencies in Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia; as well as the avian influenza global programme for operations in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. This additional funding to the North Africa Appeal (CHF 1,393,000) was also used to contribute to the objectives outlined in the North Africa plan and budget for 2008-2009.