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Andean Region, South America MAA46001 Annual Report 2010

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This report covers the period 01 January 2010 to 31 December 2010.

In brief

Programme purpose: Support the five National Societies in the Andean Region to effectively implement the Inter-American Plan 2007–2011 and Strategy 2020.

Programme summary: During 2010, the regional representation for the Andean Region provided tailored support to the National Societies of the region to create and implement actions, based on the country support plans, in the areas of disaster risk management, health and care, and organizational development. The area of principles and values has not been able to implement its planned action due to the lack of funding for the person responsible for this area.

The disaster risk management area worked with the region’s National Societies to undertake diverse community-based activities, supported institutional strengthening in the field, particularly related to fomenting and better organizing volunteering in emergencies and early recovery, and facilitated knowledge sharing activities at the local, national and regional levels.

The health and care area has focused on work on HIV and AIDS which includes the creation of a support plan for each of the Global Alliance outcomes, fomenting knowledge and skills in community health and health in emergencies, as well as implementing a health plan along these strategic components.

The area organizational development and National Societies worked together to review and update the country support plans, with a priority on institutional strengthening, which exist in four of the region’s National Societies (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru).

Whilst the disasters in Haiti and Chile did not occur in the countries of the Andean Region, the regional representation and the region’s National Societies felt their impact in the changed priorities at the continental level. Based on coordination with the National Societies, some of the projected objectives for this period have been transformed and reprogrammed for the second half of the year. The reduction and delay in funds generated additional changes, particularly the cutback of human resources in the areas of principles and values, and health and care. Despite these challenges and transformations, the regional representation has maintained its flexibility and creativity and commitment to offering tailored membership services to the region’s National Societies.

Financial situation: The total 2010 budget is 2,195,738 Swiss francs, of which 1,051,400 Swiss francs (84 per cent) covered during the reporting period (including opening balance). Overall expenditure during the reporting period was 1,712,443 Swiss francs (77 per cent) of the budget.

No. of people we have reached: The regional representation focuses on building the capacities of National Societies in the Andean Region. Consequently, direct beneficiaries of the regional representation’s programmes are the 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 civil society since it is through the strengthening of the National Societies’ capacities and the technical support offered, that methodologies, initiatives and activities as a whole can be carried out and implemented accordingly.

Our partners: The regional representation maintains effective partnerships with the following institutions: the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), the Andean Community of Nations (CAN), the Andean Committee for Disaster Prevention and Relief (Comité Andino para la Prevención y Atención ante Desastres – CAPRADE), United Nations agencies (including OCHA, Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), UNAIDS), the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the National Institute for Civil Defence (Instituto Nacional de Defensa Civil - INDECI), GNPluss, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Technological Institute of Advanced Studies of Monterrey), the Regional Humanitarian Information Network Project (Redhum), and the Swiss Humanitarian Foundation.

Movement coordination continues with the regional delegations of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Partner National Societies (PNS), such as the American Red Cross, the Belgian Red Cross (French-speaking community), the British Red Cross, the Finnish Red Cross, the French Red Cross, the German Red Cross, the Irish Red Cross, the Netherlands Red Cross, the Norwegian Red Cross, the Spanish Red Cross and the Swedish Red Cross, that cooperate, bilaterally or multilaterally, with the five National Societies of the region.