Cambodia: Typhoon Ketsana DREF Operation No. MDRKH002 Final Report

Situation Report
Originally published


The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the IFRC's disaster response system and increases the ability of national societies to respond in disasters.

CHF 50,000 (USD 48,335 or EUR 33,146) has been allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 7 October 2009 to support Cambodian Red Cross (CRC) in delivering immediate assistance to some 1,094 families (9,700 people). Un-earmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: This report captures the key aspects and learning gained from the response operation to Typhoon Ketsana in Cambodia from 30 September to 30 December 2009. All key points described in this report are captured from direct observation during the operation; face-to-face discussions with CRC's disaster management team; monitoring and evaluation sessions conducted with related branches, community authorities and beneficiaries; as well as a workshop on lessons learnt in the response to Ketsana conducted in late December 2009, which covered CRC's overall operation in response to Ketsana, including the DREF and CRC's own fundraising.

The Canadian Red Cross contributed CAD 10,000 (CHF 9,6531) to the DREF in replenishment of the allocation made for this operation. Major donors to the DREF are the Irish, Italian, Netherlands and Norwegian governments, and the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (DG ECHO).