Iran: Bam Earthquake Emergency appeal No. MO3EA025 Final report


Period covered by this Final Report: 26 December 2003 to 31 May, 2008

Appeal target (current): CHF 53,288,000 (USD 45,231,315 or EUR 34,324,335)

Final Appeal coverage: 98%

Appeal history:

- Preliminary Emergency Appeal was launched on 26 December 2003 for CHF 15,409,300 (USD 12,290,337 or EUR 9,886,505) for 6 months for 200,000 beneficiaries.

- Revised Emergency Appeal was launched on 8 January 2004 for CHF 51,913,000 (USD 42,006,534 or EUR 33,119,207) for 6 - 8 months for 210,000 beneficiaries.

- Plan of Action for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction phase was presented on 29 September 2004, to reflect on-going programming into 2005-2006, under the overall Emergency Appeal. A revised appeal budget reflected the revised Plan of Action, and totaled to CHF 53,288,000 (USD 45,231,315 or EUR 34,324,335) (1).

The situation

All activities and expenditures for this Emergency Appeal were completed by 28 February 2007 and an interim final report was issued on 5 April 2007 on the International Federation's website (2). This report covered all the activities which had been carried out to implement the Emergency Appeal, but did not include a final financial report. According to the construction contracts for schools, some expenses were booked as the final retention fees which should be paid to the contractor one year after the completion of the construction projects. In addition, some other expenditures that had been booked in March 2007 would be reflected in the financial system only in April 2007. As a result, an interim financial report was attached to the interim final report.

In accordance with the provisions of the two construction contracts signed with the Sanati Fajr Industrial Company, especially their clauses stipulating for the guarantee of the schools, the International Federation has observed the nine schools constructed by the company for the last one year in order to verify the quality of the works. Based on the findings in this period and with the agreement of the Organization for Renovation of National Schools (ORNS) of the Ministry of Education (MoE), the International Federation arranged for a joint monitoring visit to the schools on 7-8 April 2008, in which representatives of the MoE, International Federation, Shayestegan Consultancy Company and the Sanati Fajr Industrial Company took part. While acknowledging the high standards and quality of works done by the company for the construction of the schools, they also discovered some technical issues in schools which needed to be corrected by the construction company in line with its contractual obligations. On the basis of their findings, a list of corrections to be made for each school was prepared and signed by all parties concerned. As per these lists, the Sanati Fajr Industrial Company made corrections to the schools in April-May 2008, which were then checked again and approved on the spot by the MoE representatives and school principals.

Having checked these corrections made by the company on 24-25 May 2008, the International Federation has come to the conclusion that the Sanati Fajr Industrial Company has fulfilled all its obligations under the two contracts signed with the International Federation for the construction of five standard schools and four special schools in Bam, and paid the final retention fees to the company on 31 May, 2008.

The International Federation is issuing this final report to announce that all financial issues have been settled and that the Bam Earthquake operation is finally over.

How we work

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) in Disaster Relief and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (Sphere) in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable.

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.

Contact information

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Iran: Mr. Seyed Hadi Samaei, Director General of International Affairs Department, Iranian Red Crescent Society, Tehran; email:; phone: +98 21 88662618-19; fax: + 98 21 88201082.

In Iran: Mr. Chang Hun Choe, Representative, Iran Representation, Tehran; email:; phone: +98 21 88672425-28; fax: +98 21 88672429.

In MENA Zone: Mr. Marwan Jilani, Head of Zone Office (temporary in Amman); email:; phone: +962 6 562 79 34; fax: +962 6 569 45 56 or Mr. Eduard Tschan, Deputy Head of Zone Office; email:; phone: +962 79 504 29 22; fax: +962 6 569 45 56.

In Geneva: Linda Stops, Operations Coordinator, Operations Support Department; email:; phone: +41 22 730 4300; fax: +41 22 730 0395.


(1) In the attached financial report, the budget in the amount of CHF 31,784,190 does not cover cash and in kind bilateral contributions.