Programme purpose: The purpose of the International Federation country office programme is to support the institutional capacity building of the Indonesian Red Cross (Palang Merah Indonesia/PMI) and facilitate a coordinated approach of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in supporting PMI's programmes in Indonesia.
In line with PMI's wish to gradually phase out of the tsunami recovery operation and move back towards the nation-wide long-term programming, the International Federation launched an annual appeal to seek funding for PMI's development programmes. Response to the appeal was initially low, but during the second part of the year, the International Federation received a significant amount of funding from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), which is allocated for the capacity building of PMI. Although initial discussions and ground work began last year, the complex nature of the capacity building processes often calls for long-term investments; hence progress in the area is slow but steady.
In terms of disaster management capacity building as well as health programmes, the continued support from the International Federation has been possible mainly thanks to the approval of donors to use tsunami funding for work in other parts of Indonesia.
Financial situation: The total 2008 budget is CHF 671,000 (USD 595,259 or EUR 444,163), of which 292 per cent is covered. Expenditure for 2008 stands at 60 per cent. As capacity building is a long-term investment, progress ambitions and expenditure consumption are to be seen as inter-related.
Beneficiaries: The International Federation country office's primary support is towards the capacity building of the PMI; hence the main direct beneficiary is the PMI governance and management.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Danish Red Cross and Netherlands Red Cross remain the three main partners of PMI within the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement with long-term development programmes incorporated into PMI's annual plan. Several partner national societies (PNS), such as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, United States, and the Hong Kong branch of the Red Cross Society of China, active in the tsunami recovery operations have already expressed interest in supporting PMI's long-term development programmes in several provinces,.
Additionally, PMI maintains coordination and partnership with the national agency for disaster response (Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana/BNPB), and several United Nations (UN) agencies such as the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) as well as the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
On behalf of the Indonesian national society, the International Federation would like to thank all partners and donors for their support and contributions to this appeal.