- Who are we?
IFRC had no presence in Kyrgyzstan since 1998. Support to the Red Crescent Society of the Kyrgyz Republic was provided primarily from the IFRC Regional Representation based in Almaty,
Kazakhstan. Guided by the Strategy 2020 and the IFRC Secretary General’s objectives, Europe Zone Office commissioned a review of the Secretariat functions and structure in Central Asia in 2010. Based on the outcomes of the review, and in line with the change process in the Kyrgyzstan NS that aims at greater integration and coordination, it was decided to establish the IFRC country presence in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. As a result, a position of the Federation Senior Advisor to the Kyrgyz RC was established towards the end of 2010 in order to provide support to the NS leadership to develop a more integrated approach within and between projects and departments within the frameworks of the Operational Alliance. In June 2013, a new Federation representative started to work covering two countries – Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
The key task for Kyrgyzstan is to develop a model of integration with the host National Society, with the Federation Secretariat offices in Almaty, Budapest and other geographical locations, and with PNS where appropriate. The key outcome of such integration is a stronger NS which is capable of establishing direct links with the Movement so as to get direct access to the required Movement expertise and decision making process, particularly in aspects of strategic importance.
The process of building stronger NS in all aspects of their work, technical and organisational, is too complex for any partner to achieve alone, or in a disjointed way. A different form of collaboration is required. This collaboration shall be founded on principles of integration and coordination.