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Indian Ocean Sub-regional Programmes Appeal 2006-2007 No. MAA64002: Programme Update no. 3 - Appeal and budget revision

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The Federation's vision is to strive, through voluntary action, for a world of empowered communities, better able t o address human suffering and crises with hope, respect for dignity and a concern for equity. Its mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 183 countries.

In Brief

Programme Update no. 3; Period covered: 1 January to 30 September 2006.

This Programme Update revises the total Appeal budget from CHF 1,898,517 to CHF 1,663,086.

Appeal coverage: 26.7%; Outstanding needs: CHF 1,219,184 (USD 1,010,094 or EUR 766,300). Appeal 2006-2007: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/annual06/MAA64002.pdf Programme Update no. 1: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/annual06/MAA6400201.pdf Programme Update no. 2: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/annual06/MAA6400202.pdf

The programmes herein are aligned with the Federation's 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":

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.

Programme summary: On 9 October 2006, a Secretary General was appointed by the Malagasy Red Cross Society. The Seychelles Red Cross Society encountered a number of challenges during the year as it endeavored to i nstal l a new management structure in the organization. A short-te rm organizational development advisor has been recruited to support the process. Funding for this position and to most Federation activities in Seychelles comes from the Tsunami appeal budget. In Comoros, assemblies were carried out in the three regions, ahead of the National Assembly that was held in November.

The logical frameworks for 2007 have been revised as per the programme implementation rate in the sub-region. The coverage of the appeal is currently 26.7% (based on revised budget). In order to address the funding challenges at mid-te rm, the Appeal's operational budget has been revised from CHF 1,898,517 ot CHF 1,663,086. The new figure reflects a realistic level of needs - considering current operational challenges, including funding shortfalls. The Federation is renewing its appeal for donor response so as to support national societies of the Indian Ocean islands in implementing activities that will benefit the most vulnerable populations in 2007.

Operational developments

Following the signing of a Status Agreement with the government of Mauritius in June, the sub-regional office relocated from Nairobi, Kenya, in late July, with the official inauguration held on 26 October. The office is hosted by the Mauritius Red Cross Society at its Rose Hill branch premises.

More consistent support to Comoros will be a priority in 2007. Discussions are currently underway with the Canadian Red Cross to see how both parties can work together to support capacity building activities in the national society in 2007.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Comoros: Mohibaca Baco, President, Comoros Red Crescent, Moroni; Email: crco@snpt.km; Phone +269.73.35.16; Fax +269.73.06.64

In Madagascar: Ratsimbazafy Fanja Nantenaina, Secretary General, Malagasy Red Cross Society, Antananarivo; Email: crm@dts.mg; Phone +261.20.222.21.11; Fax +261.20.226.67.39

In Mauritius:Gaëtan Roland Lagesse, Director General, Mauritius Red Cross Society, Curepipe; Email: redcross@intnet.mu; Phone +230.676.36.04; Fax +230.483.66.80

In Seychelles: Colette Servina, President, Seychelles Red Cross Society, Victoria; Email: redcross@seychelles.net; Phone +248.32.46.46; Fax +248.32.16.63

In Mauritius: Susanna Cunningham, Head of Sub-Regional Office for the Indian Ocean Islands, Mauritius, Email: susanna.cunningham@ifrc.org; Phone +230.454.69.34; Mobile +230.252.08.55

In Kenya: Per Jensnaes, Federation Head of East Africa Regional Delegation, Nairobi; Email: per.jensnaes@ifrc.org; Phone +254.20.283.51.24; Fax +254.20.271.84.15,

In Geneva: Amna Al Ahmar, Federation Regional Officer for East Africa, Africa Dept.; Email: amna.alahmar@ifrc.org; Phone +41.22.730.44.27; Fax +41.22.733.03.95

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response in delivering quality and accountable assistance to the most vulnerable. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmeso r operations in this or other countries, or for a full description of the national society profile, please access the Federation's website at http://www.ifrc.org