Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) Appeal No MAA00010 Programme Update No. 01

This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2009

In brief

Programme purpose: To increase the capacity of the International Federation to assist National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to reduce the number of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters through the provision of timely and adequate financial support for disaster response from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF).

Programme summary:

During the first six months of the year, the DREF allocated a total of CHF 7,484,779 in 49 different allocations to 32 Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies. CHF 5,242,080, or 70 per cent of the total, was allocated as grants for DREF operations for which no emergency appeal was launched and CHF 2,242,699, or 30 per cent of the total, as loans of start-up funds for emergency appeals. These figures are slightly below the amount of allocations made during the same period in 2008, and 23 per cent below the forecast for 2009.

Funding to the DREF was good during the first half of the year which allowed the International Federation to meet the requests for support from National Societies and raise the cash operating balance to CHF 9.1 million at 30 June 2009 from CHF 3.1 million at the end of 2008.

Financial situation: The total 2009 budget is CHF 12,197,487 (USD 11,238,091 or EUR 7,999,821), of which CHF 10,766,294 (88 per cent) covered during the reporting period (including opening balance). Overall expenditure during the reporting period was CHF 7,484,779 (allocations) plus CHF 75,039 (administration costs) which represents 41 per cent of the forecast for 2009.

No. of people we have reached: The DREF supported National Societies in meeting the needs of 2.3 million people through relief operations and reaching 14.5 million through health and hygiene awareness and education operations in response to epidemics.

Our partners: The donors to DREF indirectly support the disaster response activities carried out by National Societies. This support provides a very positive opportunity to donors for developing partnerships between themselves, the International Federation and the operating National Societies.