Mongolia is climatically and geographically one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world. It experiences a spectrum of disasters ranging from heavy snowfalls in winter, strong winds and dust storms, drought, floods, earthquakes, and animal and human epidemic infectious diseases. The three largest cities in Mongolia are located in magnitudes of 7 to 8 seismic active areas.
The Mongolian Red Cross Society (MRCS) strives to assist the most vulnerable people in both urban and rural settings. A major priority of the national society is to build up the resiliency of communities and herders against disasters. This remains a huge challenge for the national society as half of the country, approximately 1.2 million people, are spread out over a territory nearly three times the size of France.
The Mongolian Red Cross Society relies very much on external technical assistance and international funding of its programmes in order to increase its capacity to achieve its objectives and to support and assist those most vulnerable in the country. With a strong history of bilateral and multilateral partnerships, the MRCS is looking to explore the possibilities of developing a new cooperation strategy among all Movement partners' supporting programmes in Mongolia.
In the 2010-2011 programme cycle, the International Federation plans to support the MRCS in the areas of disaster management, health and care, organizational development, and principles and values. Integrated programming will be a key factor in pushing forward with new initiatives and reviving existing projects. The programmes will further integrate the Fundamental Principles and humanitarian values that guide Red Cross work.
The total budget for 2010 is CHF 849,564 (USD 0.82 million or EUR 0.55 million) and for 2011 is CHF 1,069,864 (USD 1.03 million or EUR 0.70 million).