East Asia Region: Development Operational Plan 2014

1. Executive Summary

The East Asia regional delegation (EARD) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) supports the five East Asia national societies (EANSs) in becoming stronger at home and abroad, and in both disaster response operations and sustainable development initiatives. The EARD acts as a resource centre and conduit for the exploration and adaptation of global initiatives to meet the region’s needs and capacities, and is a focal point for the national societies in the region to channel their aspirations and potential to the wider Red Cross Red Crescent community.

The coming year will bring opportunities for stronger cooperation and will provide platforms for joint learning and exploration of our unique position in East Asia. Focused and detailed plans of support in China, Mongolia and the DPRK are outlined in those plans. Specific plans to support JRCS and KNRC (Korean National Red Cross) can be available upon request.

In 2014, the EARD will bring together regional and global perspectives and promote information and experiential exchanges for better learning and to inspire growth. At the same time, EARD offers tailored services and direct support to each national society in rapid disaster response, knowledge sharing, public relations, programme and policy support and advice.

Disaster contingency planning, pre-disaster meeting and EANSs cooperation will be a priority focus during 2014, to better position EANSs and the IFRC to respond rapidly and effectively to potential disasters during the year. The EARD will continue to deliver direct support to JRCS in the aftermath of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake/Tsunami of 2011, as well as to support the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) staff and volunteers to attend trainings abroad.

Sustainable development initiatives are moving towards holistic approaches to assessing and meeting the needs of vulnerable populations. An integrated approach to our work as Red Cross within East Asia will be a current theme throughout the year. This will involve integration on all levels and between all sectors and will include the invaluable support of partners. Integrated climate change adaptation initiative will become another area of piloting together with RCSC and MRCS. New institutional strategies and cross-sectoral coalitions, including innovative, technology-based beneficiary communication initiatives, will be piloted to boost the resilience of vulnerable people affected, in the face of multidimensional risks caused by changing climate and extreme weather patterns.

The EANSs are facing increasing challenges to attract the support needed to maintain their services. Branch development and leadership training will be important in strengthening the base of their work. Strengthening their communications and humanitarian diplomacy are critical activities to ensure a positive public image and increase their ability to influence society and decision makers.

Mapping of existing partnerships, gap analysis and outreach to potential resources, both human and financial, will be reviewed by the EARD in the coming year. Building on the momentum of the past two years, the EARD with support of the Asia Pacific Zone office, will continue to provide training and mentoring support in project management skills, integrating all aspects of PMER, finance management, communications skill building and resource mobilization. This is aimed at maintaining the resources RCSC already has through proper programme management and good stakeholder relations.