Programme purpose: With the Inauguration of first General Assembly of the Maldivian Red Crescent (MRC) on 16 August 2009 the main focus of 2009 was focused on creating an environment for a local National Society to be established and begin its work to gain recognition by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as well as become a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), with all rights and obligations.
Programme summary: With the birth of the National Society in the Maldives, all activities in the last quarter of 2009 was focused on its formation (developing its structures, capacities and programmes) and recognition within the community (be responsive to national vulnerabilities). Initially the community engagement was limited as activities implemented were mostly process oriented.
The legal foundation and ratification of the MRC Law by the Maldivian president took place in early May 2009. The law gave the legal right for an humanitarian organization - by the name MRC - to be established and undertake humanitarian work in the Maldives. Consequently, the interim planning group (IPG), which was leading the formation process with support of IFRC, scheduled the first General Assembly of MRC which was on 16 August 2009. The assembly elected the first governing board of MRC and adopted the National Society's statutes and rules of procedures.
The elected governing board approved MRC's interim development plan (which was prepared by the IPG) and undertook a systematic process of preparing a two-year MRC strategic development plan. Straight after the General Assembly, implementation of the plan took place with selection of the secretary general (during September) followed by hiring of key management and programme staff. This led to an induction of the National Society's governing board, management team, national advisory council members and programme staff was organized by IFRC as part of their capacity building. Formation of island units and atoll branches followed. The units and branches are to be formed in three atolls in early 2010 which in time will be able to develop services supported by appropriate structures, systems and capacity. Volunteers will be recruited from the units and branches to be directly involved in service delivery.
Financial situation: The revised budget is CHF 996,193 (USD 961,678 or EUR 671,212), in line with a realistic implementation rate. Coverage is 146 per cent while expenditure from January to December 2009 was 99.4 per cent of the total 2009 budget. With the Maldivian Red Crescent now operational, expenditure during 2010 will increase significantly. As such, additional financial and in-kind contributions to the 2010-2011 plan, in support of the new National Society, are welcome and much needed.