This report covers the period from 01/01/2010 to 31/12/2010
Programme outcome: The IFRC 2010 support strategy and plan for the Red Cross of the Democratic Republic of Congo (Red Cross of DRC) was based on the National Society’s (NS) 2009-2013 Strategic Development Plan and was designed to help the NS provide vulnerable communities with life-saving first aid, clean water and sanitation, health and hygiene promotion, HIV/AIDS support, sexual and gender based violence support, anti-discrimination and social inclusion services. Its intention was to build a solid basis for the development of bilateral programmes and also build and diversify partnerships with non-Red Cross stakeholders while strengthening the National Society’s auxiliary role.
Programme summary: The services provided to vulnerable people by more than 10,000 Red Cross volunteers in 2010 focused on first aid and voluntary blood donation, disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness and response (in conflicts, natural disasters and health emergencies), mother and child health, disease surveillance, HIV/AIDS, water and sanitation, food security and livelihood, protection of minority groups (Pygmies), sexual & gender based violence (SGBV) prevention and response, advocacy, international humanitarian law (IHL) and restoring family links (RFL).
In addition to the above, the Red Cross of DRC was actively involved in improving the national disaster management framework in the country. It supported the government to develop a national disaster response master plan (Plan ORSEC) and emergency funding mechanisms, harmonize disaster response tools and build the capacities of its technical departments through training and technical advice. Based on this, the Red Cross of DRC gained greater recognition from the government and many stakeholders as a key partner with outstanding competencies in disaster management.
However, through intensive engagement with the National Society’s leadership and volunteers and in coordination with Movement partners, a comprehensive review and reflection was conducted in relation to the relevance of the Red Cross of DRC programmes, methods and partnerships to the changing national context, its competitiveness and credibility. The aim was to further strengthen the image and the acceptance of the NS to enhance its auxiliary role (especially in disaster management) and diversified partnerships with local and international actors, including the private sector. The strategy included for the first time a more structured IFRC approach to the strengthening of the Red Cross of DRC’s working relations with the media through the “club of journalist friends of Red Cross", building on the power of media to influence both decision makers and the actors including within the Red Cross itself.
Specific efforts were made towards longer term planning with increased programme reach and enhancing existing partnerships with donors such as Sida, DFID and GAVI as well as developing new working relations with the EU, USAID and ECHO. However, governance and financial management challenges faced by the National Society have so far prevented these efforts from leading to increased funding. Nonetheless the mandate and technical expertise of the Red Cross is being increasingly acknowledged by many of the above donors.
Financial situation: The original budget for 2010 was CHF 2,025,930, of which CHF 1,900,006 (94%) was covered during the reporting period, including opening balance. Expenditure overall was CHF 1,893,112, corresponding to 100% of available funding and 93% of the original budget.
Number of people we have reached: It is estimated that in 2010, the Red Cross of DRC reached some 700,000 direct beneficiaries with the activities funded through the Federation. Our partners: Multilateral financial support was received from Finnish, Irish, Netherlands, Norwegian and Swedish Red Cross Societies, and from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Swedish International Development Agency (Sida). Also, the Red Cross of DRC has also received bilateral support from, Belgian, Danish, Spanish, French and Italian Red Cross, Iranian or Red Crescent, ICRC, UNICEF, GAVI Alliance, the US Emerging Pandemic Threats programme and the Government of DRC.