Period covered by this Final Report: 23 December 2010 to 31 December 2012;
Appeal target (current): CHF 4,872,843 Appeal coverage: 73%;
CHF 200,000 was initially allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support this operation.
An information bulletin was issued on 22 December, 2010.
This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on a preliminary basis on 23 December, 2010 for CHF 1,350,184 for 6 months to assist some 45,000 beneficiaries.
Operations Update no.1 covering the period 24 December 2010 to 3 January 2011 was issued and communicated about the regional coordination mechanism.
Operations Update no.2 covering the period 4 to 12 January 2011 highlighted the relief activities carried out in Liberia.
A Revised Emergency Appeal to address increased numbers of refugees and internally displaced people was launched on 30 March, 2011 for CHF 3,977,698.
Operation update no.3 covering the period 20 January to 18 April, 2011 was issued on 21 April 2011. It focused on relief and WatSan activities mainly in Liberia and Ghana.
A 6-Month Update was issued on Period covered by this Ops Update: 23 December, 2010 to 31 July, 2011
At the end of 2011, all relief activities were completed in Liberia, Ghana, Guinea-Conakry, Mali and Burkina Faso. Cote d’Ivoire was separated from this appeal to better respond to the dramatic rise in the needs of the affected populations in Cote d’Ivoire (http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/11/MDRCI003ea.pdf ).
An appeal revision took place in December 2011 reflecting a significant shift in the operational strategy to accommodate the integrated, community-based recovery programme and the associated budget. Given the nature of the adjusted operational strategy, the appeal was exceptionally extended for 12 months (until the end of 2012).
Summary: The operational goal was to provide timely and appropriate disaster recovery assistance to restore living conditions of the targeted families (both refugees and host community members). The quality of the operation was supported through promoting the development, domestic capacities and future sustainability of the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS). The emergency operation also focused on strengthening the logistic and operational capacity of the LNRCS to assist refugees and the host population. Some of the key activities included training of volunteers in hygiene promotion, epidemic control, and using the epidemic control manual, in order to reduce the risk of water-borne diseases. Additionally, non-food items (NFI) were distributed, food security and livelihoods were supported, psychosocial support (PSS) was provided and throughout, National Society (NS) capacities were strengthened.
Lessons learned: The LNRCS reported important gains in terms of capacity building. Whilst the NS was going through a learning process of shifting from emergency to recovery operations, innovative approaches such as the cash transfer initiative were gradually introduced. This has enhanced the capacity of the NS in providing services, which are cost effective and efficient in serving the needs of vulnerable people. LNRCS’s 20 headquarter and key field staff members underwent a three-day training on the cash transfer system. Trainees developed standard operating procedures (SOP) for future operations with support from a delegate seconded by the British Red Cross.