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Taipei: Earthquake Appeal No. 25/99 Final report

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In Brief

Appeal No. 25/99; Final Report; Period covered: September 1999 to December 2005; Final appeal coverage: 100.4%.

Appeal history:

- Launched on 24 September 1999 for CHF 3.3 million for four months to assist 100,000 beneficiaries.

- Appeal budget increased to CHF 55.4 million to accommodate a generous funding situation and surpluses from favourable exchange rates, while the rehabilitation programme extended to December 2005.

- Related Emergency or Annual Appeals: East Asia Regional Appeal 2006-2007 (MAA54001)

Operational Summary:

It has been six years since the 1999 Taipei earthquake, and the Federation-supported Taiwan Red Cross Organization (TRCO) programme has finally drawn to a close, spanning three major phases covering emergency relief, rehabilitation and disaster preparedness/organizational development. Although the unique operating environment has made programme implementation a challenging task for both the TRCO and Federation Secretariat, the achievements can be valued positively. Ultimately, not only have earthquake-affected communities received concrete benefits from many of the projects, but the TRCO itself has gained directly or indirectly from the operation. The organization now enjoys a doubling of volunteer numbers and an expanded role in civil society. Within Taiwan itself, there is increased visibility of TRCO and greater recognition of the organization by local authorities.

The final part of the post-emergency disaster preparedness and organizational development programme was successfully completed at the end of December 2005, ending the three-year programme that began in 2002. Regular expenditure reviews and external financial audits of the final programme continued to be used for consistency in its accountability management. All planned activities were implemented as agreed with the operating partner TRCO, in accordance to the memoranda of understanding. Foreign currency exchange fluctuation resulted in a balance of CHF 30,000 at the end of the operation. The balance will be used to support the ongoing development of the Asia and Pacific disaster management support mechanism based in Kuala Lumpur (please refer to the programme updates of the Federation's Asia Pacific Service Centre Appeal 2006- 2007 (MAA50001).

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Geneva: Asia and Pacific department, Hiroto Oyama, regional officer, email:, phone: +41227304273; fax: +41227330395.

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) in Disaster Relief and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (Sphere) in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable. For longer-term programmes in this or other countries or regions, please refer to the Federation's Annual Appeal. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, or for national society profiles, please also access the Federation's website at

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