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Southern Africa: Regional Programmes and Capacity Building Appeal No. MAA63001, Report 2006-2007


Appeal No. MAA63001

This report covers the period of 01/01/2006 to 31/12/2006 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

In brief

MAA63001 covers the regional programmes and capacity building for six Southern Africa Red Cross Societies namely Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. HIV and AIDS programme is separately covered initially under MAA63002, which was closed end of 2006 and remaining funds and activities integrated into the new five year regional HIV and AIDS programme MAA63003. For more information on national society activities in 2006.

Programme Summary:

Health: The regional health and care department focused on reviving the community-based first aid (CBFA) programme in the region. There has been a successful integration of the malaria programme with the home-based care (HBC) and orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) project in five countries, namely Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe with distribution of long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets (LLITNs) to HBC clients.

Water and sanitation (WatSan): Through the Federation Global Water and Sanitation Initiative (GWSI) supported by the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) - European Union (EU), Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe are implementing long-term development projects in water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion.

Disaster management (DM): Developments in DM mainly have been based on the lessons learned during disaster response operations; consequently the regional DM department has shifted its focus towards ensuring quality, impact, and accountability in relief interventions. DM capacity building focused on the disaster risk reduction (DRR) and mitigation approach, with Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia benefiting from the programme. Technical support has also been provided in developing cholera contingency plans for Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe Red Cross Societies. Disaster response capacity has been enhanced through facilitating access to international disaster response tools such as the Federation Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) and sharing information through Disaster Management Information System (DMIS), as well as by supporting regional coordination of local disasters when National Societies (NS) capacities were overwhelmed.

Humanitarian Values: The International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) continued to provide financial and technical support to information, communication and promotion of Humanitarian Values and the Fundamental Principles activities for national societies. The Federation Regional Delegation (RD) focused on coordinating and building capacities in information gathering, writing stories and developing relations with media agencies. Through continued documentation of best practices from the regional National Societies, visibility of Red Cross work has increased at regional and international levels. The Federation RD media tour was a great success reflected by increased media attention on humanitarian issues in the region.

Organizational Development (OD): Technical capacity was enhanced by the introduction of monitoring and evaluation (M & E) and resource mobilization functions at the RD. The positive development added value in strengthening and widening forms of capacity building in project management and performance tracking system.

The RD supported Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe Red Cross Societies technically in reviewing and finalizing their constitutions. Botswana, Swaziland and Zambia held induction training for senior board members and management staff on their roles and responsibilities with technical support from the Federation RD.

Finance development activities included technical support visits to National Societies, demonstration of Navision accounting software, technical support for updating and revising financial manuals, financial management reviews and an orientation workshop for treasurers. All Red Cross Societies with the exception of Angola finalized their 2005 external audits.

Human resources (HR) development activities included a team building and negotiation skills training for Federation RD staff and NS senior management and governing board members. Federation RD also facilitated attendance to capacity-building workshops and meetings of NS HR managers. Financial support for the HR activities was mainly provided the through the Federation RD organizational development (OD) budget, which enabled support visits to National Societies, and participation in international workshops.

Goal: The Federation RD's focus is to ensure that systems and procedures are improved and well coordinated to facilitate effective implementation of Federation objectives. Effective coordination of programmes, consistent provision of quality technical support to NS in governance and management of programmes, international and local resource mobilization and capacity building are important for a well- functioning national society.

Needs: The Total 2006-2007 budget CHF 15,178,592 (USD 12,482,394 or EUR), out of which 35.8 per cent covered.

For more detailed information on the 2006 activities, please see Programme Update 1 and 2:

Programme Update no. 1: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/annual06/MAA6300101.pdf

Programme Update no. 1: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/annual06/MAA6300102.pdf

No. of people we help: In 2006, the community-based health programme assisted approximately 865,000 people in southern Africa. Approximately three million people are expected to be reached in 2007. The WatSan activities in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe, including emergency operations reached 52,000 people. In total, the disaster response interventions assisted more than 1.3 million people in Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The OD activities were mainly aimed at building the capacity of NS. All 10 Red Cross Societies were reached through targeted technical visits, governance and management training, workshops on reporting, M & E, human resource management and the development of financial programmes, including the roll out of the Navision accounting software.

For further information please contact:

Zimbabwe: Françoise Le Goff, Federation Head of Southern Africa Regional Delegation in Harare; email: francoise.legoff@ifrc.org; telephone: +263 4 70 61 55, 263 4 72 03 15; fax: +263 4 70 87 84

Geneva: John Roche, Federation Regional Officer for Southern Africa, Africa Department; email: john.roche@ifrc.org; telephone: +41 22 730 44 00; fax: +41 22 733 03 95

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