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South America Appeal No. MAA46001 Programme Update No. 1


This report covers the period 01/01/08 to 30/06/08

In brief

Programme purpose: Support the ten National Societies in the South American Region to effectively operationalize the Inter American Plan 2007 -2011.

Programme summary: From the beginning of 2008, the Regional Representation (RR) for South America, based in Lima has worked with the Americas Zone Office to implement the New Operating Model (NOM), which will bring new opportunities through new ways of working. The process of designing the suitable and sustainable implementation of the NOM in the Americas was enhanced by the Zone cooperation meeting held in Panama in January 2008. The Lima Regional Representation has since the beginning of 2008 adjusted to the challenges of the NOM through a reduction of personnel in programme areas, a revision of budgets and plans in line with adjusted capacities and support and the participation to the definition of the best structure to deliver the new operating model.

On the basis of a feasibility study carried out by the Lima RR, a decision was made to bring Secretariat support closer to National Societies in South America through the transition to two offices in the region - one for the Andean Region (covering Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela) that will continue providing programme support to all ten National Societies, and one for the Southern Cone (covering Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay). The new office in Buenos Aires, staffed by three persons, will be in place from 1 September 2008.

At the programme level the implementation of revised plans began successfully with advances in community risk reduction; health supported the new preparatory steps towards the Global Alliance in HIV and key community health actions; organisational development continued integrated yet focused support to National Societies; and humanitarian principles and values were promoted at the internal and external levels.

The development of 2009-2010 plans took place in June taking into consideration the NOM, revised funding sources and the new working model in South America in line with a more focused programme work to support National Societies.

Financial situation: The revised total 2008 budget is CHF 3,341,341 (USD 3,182,230 or EUR 2,227,561), of which 75 per cent is covered. Expenditure overall was 72 per cent up to June 2008. The 2008 budget was revised since the start of

Number of people we help: The Lima Regional Representation focuses on building the capacities of National Societies in the region. In consequence, direct beneficiaries of the regional representation's programmes are National Societies themselves including their staff at headquarters and branch level, governance bodies and volunteers. In effect, the regional representation's indirect beneficiaries belong to the civil society since it is through the strengthening of National Society's capacities and the technical support offered, that methodologies, initiatives and activities as a whole can be carried out and implemented accordingly.

Our partners: The Lima Regional Representation continues to work with the following partners: European Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), Andean Committee for the Prevention of and Attention to Disasters (Comité Andino para la Prevención y Atención ante Desastres - CAPRADE), MERCOSUR, Iberoamerican Federation of Ombudsmen, United Nations agencies - including the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), ProVention Consortium, Organization of American States (OAS), Latin American School of Social Sciences (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales - FLACSO), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL/ECLAC), Oxfam, Save the Children Foundation, Catholic University of Peru, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and Swiss Cooperation (COSUDE). During the Peru earthquake operation, partnerships with other actors have also been strengthened.

Movement coordination continues with the International Committee of the Red Cross' (ICRC) four regional delegations and Partner National Societies (PNS) that cooperate, bilaterally or multilaterally, with the ten National Societies of the region, such as American Red Cross, Finnish Red Cross, French Red Cross, German Red Cross, Italian Red Cross, Netherlands Red Cross, Spanish Red Cross, Swedish Red Cross.