Bangladesh Appeal 2006-2007 No. MAABD001


This appeal seeks CHF 4,970,061(1) to fund programmes and activities to be implemented in 2006 and 2007. These programmes are aligned with the International Federation's Global Agenda, which sets out four broad goals to meet the Federation's mission to "improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity".
Global Agenda Goals:

1. Reduce the numbers of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

2. Reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies.

3. Increase local community, civil society and Red Cross Red Crescent capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.

4. Reduce intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion and promote respect for diversity and human dignity.

2006 Budget in CHF
2007 Budget in CHF
Total Budget in CHF
Health and Care
Disaster Management
Humanitarian Values
Organizational Development


Bangladesh is located on a low-lying river delta with over 230 rivers and tributaries situated between the foothills of the Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal. With a population of 143.8 million and an area of 144,000 sq. km, Bangladesh is one of the world’s most densely populated countries (998 square km). Half of the population lives below the poverty line, and 82 per cent live on less than USD 2 per day. In terms of ordinary people’s access to

income, Bangladesh continues to remain at the lower end of the scale with its per capita annual income of USD 350. The United Nations Human Development Index 2004 ranks Bangladesh at 138 out of 177 countries.

The combination of its geography, population density, and extreme poverty make Bangladesh highly vulnerable to disasters. Between 1993 and 2003, more than 75 million people were affected by disasters in Bangladesh, one of the highest numbers in the world.

With a legacy of activities on the ground since 1920, the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) was constituted in 1971 and has been active in all humanitarian emergencies since the inception of Bangladesh. BDRCS is recognized as an important humanitarian organization in the country involved in disaster preparedness and response. Being a government auxiliary, it enjoys a preferential status and is held in high esteem as a neutral organization.

Given the level and frequency of disasters in the country, BDRCS has been extensively involved in disaster response in the form of emergency relief operations through provision of food and medical services. At various times during the last decade, BDRCS, with the Federation’s support, launched emergency appeals for relief operations.

The Federation has had its country delegation in Bangladesh continuously since 1986. With its extensive support, BDRCS has undertaken comprehensive, process-oriented and systematic programme planning exercises in recent years. The country delegation has been supporting the BDRCS to build its capacity at all levels throughout this period of time.

Federation Secretariat support to Bangladesh

The Federation delegation in Bangladesh continually strives to develop capacities and provide necessary support to BDRCS, with the long-term objective of creating a strong, effective and financially sustainable national society. It has also provided support to BDRCS to revise and draft a new constitution in an effort to align the BDRCS constitution with the Movement’s standards. The Federation also plays a leading role in soliciting and coordinating support from UN agencies and diplomatic missions in attracting funding for humanitarian emergency operations and capacity building initiatives undertaken by BDRCS. The Federation Secretariat has advised and assisted the national society in its operational management, and is guiding it through an ongoing process of organizationa l change.

With a team of two-four expatriate staff, eight local professionals and six support staff, the delegation provides support to BDRCS in five major areas:

- Senior management support;
- Organizational development;
- Financial monitoring and control;
- Programme and planning support;
- Major disaster relief response; and
- Health and care

BDRCS completed the formulation of the second four-year Strategic Development Plan (2005-2008) focusing towards six key strategic directions, which are critical in strengthening the foundation of BDRCS and thus building overall capacity and enhancing performance throughout the organization. Key strategy for the national society over the next four years will be:

1. Continued constitutional reform support;

2. Human resource reform (including: organigram, staffing review, job descriptions, appraisal system, promotion criteria, sanctioned posts, and downsizing strategy);

3. Resource mobilization (national headquarters and branches);

4. Management skills development;

5. Branch development; and

6. Volunteer management and development.

The Federation delegation intends to continue to facilitate the development of the national society in these strategic directions through focused interventions to all departments (based on their annual plans) in the areas of planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

BDRCS is continuously working on developing its capacities for programme management, leadership, volunteer and youth recruitment and retention, communications and advocacy, branch development and financial resource mobilization. The change process has enabled the introduction of more coherent management policies and strategies, and facilitated decentralization of the decision making process at national level.

The International Federation's is the world's largest humanitarian organization, and its millions of volunteers are active in over 183 countries. Our aim is to build safer communities, able to prevent and respond to human suffering in times of crises and distress, and where people work together to promote hope, dignity and equity. We work to support vulnerable communities through neutral, impartial, independent humanitarian action, in accordance with our Fundamental Principles, the Code of Conduct and the Sphere project’s Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response.

Note: (1) EUR 3,215,827 or USD 3,881,244

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