Programme summary: The reporting period witnessed the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) in the midst of settling with a new leadership and building up its capacity through filling up human resource gaps at the IRCS national headquarters and the programme state branches. The strategy adopted by the IRCS national headquarters to build up its strength at the headquarters and state branches has helped it to deliver programmes more effectively. Overall programme implementation was approximately 42 percent for 2007 and 55 percent for 2006, which was an achievement for the national society. Some of the challenges that the IRCS faced in programme implementation were human resource crises under different programmes and the severe flooding across the country, due to which most of the existing staff was involved in post disaster relief and recovery operations.
In response to the monsoon floods in 2006 and 2007, the IRCS mobilized its own resources while the technical and financial aspects of the operation were supported by the Federation and other in-country partner national societies. The Federation released funds from its disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) to support the IRCS in the procurement of disaster preparedness stock, thus raising its level of preparedness for future disasters. The vulnerability capacity assessments, contingency planning and mitigation measures implemented by the national society significantly contributed towards reducing the vulnerability of targeted communities.
During the reporting period, the health and care programme focused on three main components, namely HIV and AIDS, public health in emergencies and Red Cross volunteers. Under organizational development, the IRCS undertook the process of reviewing and revising its national society strategic development plan (NSDP) for 2004- 2007 and developing the next NSDP for 2008-2011. Capacity building initiatives like branch development planning workshops, volunteer development workshops and reporting & information workshops were carried out. The 2006-07 programme and budget were redesigned based on emerging priorities in early 2007.
Financial situation: The total 2006-2007 budget was CHF 8,022,288 (USD 7.17 million or EUR 4.86 million), of which 87 percent was covered. Overall expenditure against income for the period was 49 percent. There is a minute variance of 13 percent in terms of coverage, which was not a significant amount compared to the overall expenditure incurred and implementation.
No. of people we help:
Disaster management - 376,566
Health - 361,000
Capacity building - 7,918
Humanitarian values - 13,294
Our partners: Approximately 30 government-based, national, international organizations, the United Nations (UN), developmental agencies and partners within as well as outside the Movement. External partners include the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Geo Hazards International, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Department for International Development (DFID). Key Movement partners were the British, Hong Kong, American, Swedish and Japanese Red Cross Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
How we work
All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (Sphere) in delivering quality and accountable assistance to the most vulnerable. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, or for a full description of the national society profile, please access the Federation's website at http://www.ifrc.org The International Federation's activities are aligned with its Global Agenda, which sets out four broad goals to meet the Federation's mission to "improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity".
Global Agenda Goals:
- Reduce the numbers of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.
- Reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies.
- Increase local community, civil society and Red Cross Red Crescent capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.
- Reduce intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion and promote respect for diversity and human dignity.
For further information on this Appeal, contact:
In India: Indian Red Cross Society, Dr. S.P. Agarwal (secretary general), email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: +91.11.2371.6424; fax: +91.11.23711.7454
In India: India office, Mohamed Babiker (head of India office), email: email@example.com; phone:+91.11.2332.4203; fax: +220.127.116.1135
In India: Federation South Asia regional office in India, Al Panico (head of regional office), email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: +91.11.2411.1125; fax: +91.11.2411.1128
In Malaysia: Jagan Chapagain, Deputy Head of Zone; email: email@example.com; phone: +603.2161.0892; fax: + 603.2161.1210; mobile: + 18.104.22.16865