Programme purpose: To coordinate and support IFRC (i.e. secretariat and partner national societies) efforts to assist host national societies in Southeast Asia to scale up their work in line with the Global Agenda. In early 2010, the priority is to support national societies as they transition to working under Strategy 2020.
Programme summary: The Southeast Asia team based in Bangkok has:
- Strategically supported and guided country office teams (Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Timor-Leste, Thailand, and Viet Nam);
- Increased technical and leadership support to national societies with no secretariat country presence, particularly Brunei and Malaysia;
- Strengthened institutional memory and the sharing of good practice and lessons learnt;
- Coordinated Red Cross Red Crescent Movement work in the region within the IFRC mandate, including strengthening relations with partner national societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC);
- Provided representative and priority technical support to Lao Red Cross.
Financial situation: The total budget for 2009 was CHF 2,886,600 (USD 2.82 million or EUR 1.91 million), which was covered up to 148 per cent. Expenditure overall was 81 per cent.
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 supported 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, particularly Japanese Red Cross/Japanese government, New Zealand Red Cross and Swedish Red Cross. Other supporters include: Australian Red Cross/government, Austrian Red Cross, Danish Red Cross/government, Finnish Red Cross, Netherlands Red Cross/Netherlands government, Norwegian Red Cross/Norwegian government, Spanish Red Cross, and Swedish Red Cross/Swedish government. Contributions have also been received from the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre/Asian Development Bank and the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (DG ECHO). 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.
IFRC would like to thank all donors and partners who have contributed to the support of the Southeast Asia regional office.