Programme purpose: To coordinate and support International Federation (i.e. secretariat and partner national societies) efforts to assist host national societies in Southeast Asia to scale up their work in line with Strategy 2020 (S2020).
Summary: The Southeast Asia team based in Bangkok:
- Strategically and technically supports and guides country office teams (Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam);
- Provides targeted on-demand technical support to national societies with no secretariat country presence (Lao PDR, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei);
- Strengthens institutional memory and the sharing of good practice and lessons learnt;
- Coordinates Red Cross Red Crescent Movement work in the region within the Federation mandate, including strengthening relations with partner national societies, ICRC and external organizations.
Financial situation: The 2009 plan has been revised downwards slightly to reflect a more realistic implementation capacity. The recent spate of disasters in the region has restricted the ability of many national societies to implement Federation-supported initiatives. The regional team in turn has provided surge capacity to the zone-wide response to the disasters, being coordinated from the Asia-Pacific zone office in Kuala Lumpur.
The total 2009 budget has been revised from CHF 3,162,262 (USD 2.9 million or EUR 2.48 million) to CHF 2,886,600 (USD 2.82 million or EUR 1.91 million). The disaster management component of the plan remains unchanged; the other parts have been revised lower. Coverage is 121 per cent while expenditure from January to October 2009 is 61.4 per cent of the total 2009 budget (see attached financial report). The financial report from January to December 2009 will be issued with the 2009 annual report by April 2010.
No. of people we help: The programme supports the 11 national societies of Southeast Asia, who, in turn, work with millions of people. The plan also supports Red Cross Red Crescent partners active in the region.
Our partners: The primary partners are the 11 Southeast Asian national societies as well as relevant government ministries, such as health and disaster management bodies. Within the Movement, there has been strong and loyal support from multilateral supporters, principally Japanese Red Cross, New Zealand Red Cross, and Swedish Red Cross/Swedish government.
Valuable support has also been received from the Federation's capacity building fund (CBF), and disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) and partners such as Australian Red Cross, Austrian Red Cross, Danish Red Cross, Finnish Red Cross/Finnish government, Norwegian Red Cross, and Spanish Red Cross. Contributions have also been received from European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), AusAID and Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (APDC).
Partnership with ICRC at a regional level is outstanding with joint initiatives increasing. Outside of the Movement, UN OCHA (through the Inter Agency Standing Committee), UNESCAP, WHO and several UN agencies are important partners in addition to non-government organizations, such as CARE and Oxfam.
The International Federation would like to thank all partners and donors for their invaluable support to this appeal.