2014 was a year of several changes in Indonesia.
The country went through parliamentary and presidential elections, both without major incidents. Mr. Joko Widodo (‘Jokowi’) was elected as new the President of the country, while Mr. Jusuf Kalla was elected as Vice President. The opposition won the majority of the seats in the House of Representatives.
PMI held its General Assembly at the end of 2014. The exiting Chairman, Mr. Jusuf Kalla, who had asked for a leave of absence in order to be able to run for the Vice Presidency of the country, was re-elected as Chairman of PMI. He has since delegated all his powers to an Executive Chairman, Mr. Ginandjar Kartasasmita, in order to be able to concentrate on his duties as Vice President of the country. Out of the 17 members of the board, 10 are new. PMI adopted a new 2014-2019 strategic plan at its General Assembly.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) country office also witnessed changes, with a new team of expatriate staff1, a renewed strong focus on coordination and cooperation and a much closer relationship with the Indonesian Red Cross Society (PMI), the Red Cross Movement actors present in Indonesia, and external partners. In the second part of the year, the long-delayed flood resilience initiative among PMI, Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) and IFRC finally started and by now both the project and the partnership are on very solid ground. 2014 was also the first time that an annual plan of the IFRC (development operational plan - DOP 2015) was produced on the basis of clearly expressed needs of PMI and in close consultation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Partner National Societies (PNSs). All key performance indicators (KPIs) was achieved in 2014, despite accumulated delays in many areas in the first months, while the negotiations for a revision of the Status agreement with the Government were successfully reinitiated.