Programme purpose: The programme supports the institutional capacity building of the Indonesian Red Cross (Palang Merah Indonesia/PMI) and facilitates a coordinated approach of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (the Movement) in supporting PMI's programmes in Indonesia.
Programme summary: The year 2009 was crucial for PMI as the National Society formulated its five-year strategy for the period of 2010-2014, revised its statutes and, at the PMI General Assembly in December, elected a new central board. Progress in institutional development as well as programme implementation slowed down, due to the above time-consuming efforts. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) started the process of coordinating and mapping the support of partner national societies, particularly in terms of capacity building and organizational development. This effort helped PMI in managing the support and efficient use of available resources.
The year saw various achievements in programme implementation, partnership as well as policy changes. The disaster management programme focused on building capacity of PMI in terms of human resources as well as availability of systems, prepositioned relief items, and funding to ensure timely response in times of disaster. During this period, previous capacity building efforts were put to the test as earthquakes struck West Java and West Sumatra in September.
Similarly, in health and water and sanitation sector, IFRC supported PMI in developing strategies to enable prompt response to mitigate impact of disasters, particularly in terms of water supply and sanitation. Additionally, preparedness and awareness programmes such as 'malaria hang up' and human pandemic preparedness (H2P) continued this year, aiming at reducing morbidity and mortality rate related to health risks. HIV/AIDS projects have been initiated with support from several partner national societies. The highlight of the organizational development programme achievements is the successful fundraising of IDR 62 billion out of the targeted IDR 9 billion. Further capacity building efforts continued, albeit slowly, as the management was mainly focussing on the revision of statutes, formulation of the strategic plan and preparation of the General Assembly.
Efforts of raising PMI's image included the celebration of PMI's 64th anniversary disaster risk reduction activities. PMI's website was awarded the best website by a public relations coordination agency, and the Indonesian museum of records awarded established the most first aid posts during the Eid holiday season in September.
Financial situation: The total 2009 budget is CHF 2,468,086 (USD 2,386,639 or EUR 1,658,801), of which CHF 3,444,225 (140 per cent) was covered during the reporting period (including opening balance). Overall expenditure during the reporting period was CHF 1,920,639 or 78 per cent of the budget.
See also Tsunami Emergency and Recovery Revised Plan and Budget 2005-2010 and Yogyakarta Revised Plan of Action.
Our partners: The IFRC country office primarily supports the capacity building of the PMI; hence the main direct beneficiary is the PMI governance and management. With the phasing out of the tsunami programmes, some of the partner national societies such as the American, Australian, Canadian, French, German, Japanese, Spanish Red Cross and the Hong Kong branch of the Red Cross Society of China have started shifting some funding support to a longer-term development programme under PMI's five-year strategic plan.
Both the Danish and Netherlands Red Cross societies continue their support to the current programmes, most of which are derived from initiatives which have already started before the tsunami struck in 2004. PMI's relationship with technical departments continues to be strengthened, including the national agency for disaster management (Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana/BNPB), with which PMI has signed an agreement earlier this year. It also engaged in a partnership with Thomson Reuters Foundation and the US-based outsource company InSTEDD (Innovative Support to Emergencies, Diseases and Disasters), to develop an emergency information system to ensure effective communications with disaster affected people.