The International Federation's Indonesia country office is currently preparing a five-year strategy to support the new Indonesian Red Cross (Palang Merah Indonesia/PMI) five-year strategy. This appeal represents two years of an initial four-year plan. Information on the longer-term country office plans can be obtained directly from the country office.
The plan builds on the considerable work of the International Federation and its partners who have been the largest organization over the last five years working in the tsunami-affected areas and having spent a record USD 1.3 billion in the process. In addition to the enormous assistance provided to an estimated 750,000 beneficiaries in the form of shelter, relief supplies, emergency medical care, hospitals, roads, community centres, warehouses, and water and sanitation programme, nearly 3,000 PMI staff have gained valuable experience and skills from working in the operations. Through this plan, the country office will build on the significant foundations laid during the tsunami operation.
Indonesia continues to be a focus of significant investment in risk reduction while also demonstrating considerable leadership in the field. The country office seeks to support PMI and its partners in delivery of lasting community resilience in a country often hit by major disasters and by doing so, also contribute to the regional and global knowledge base on risk reduction.
Importantly, in following a community-based approach, disasters, as determined by communities, can range from public health issues to natural disasters. Regardless of lead methodology, i.e. community-based first aid or integrated community-based risk reduction, the Indonesian Red Cross works to empower communities and facilitate a decrease in risk and vulnerability, and an increase in community resilience.
To support this community-based approach, the country office works in an integrated manner with the host national society, such that artificial demarcation between health and disaster management cannot be applied to community-based work. As communities do not live in sectors, the country office supports risk reduction programming determined by the needs of the people and therefore, in this appeal, the section on disaster management seeks to cover risk reduction in the broadest community-driven sense.
Other key priorities for the Indonesian Red Cross are to continue to increase its organizational capacity to respond to disasters in a time and cost-efficient manner and to sustain its structure across the country such that the Indonesian Red Cross remains as asset to the community and the government.
The Federation country office is committed to supporting organizational growth and stability through the provision of financial and technical resources to streamline core business areas of the national society as well as guide organizational development as a support to service delivery through programme execution.
Capturing valuable learning as the tsunami operations close in 2010, the Federation country office will work with PMI to adopt and incorporate these findings, as applicable into its long-term planning and preparedness for response.
The budget for this plan is CHF 2,809,301 (USD 2.72 million or EUR 1.84 million) for 2010 and CHF 3,140,744 (USD 3.04 million or EUR 2.06 million) for 2011.