Introduction This six-month report describes the programme and activities of the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) during the period July to December 2011.
TBBC is currently a consortium of ten international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) from eight countries. TBBC’s main focus is to provide food, shelter and capacity-building support to Burmese refugees and displaced persons. It also engages in research into the root causes of displacement and refugee outflows. Membership is open to other NGOs with similar interests. TBBC’s head office is in Bangkok, with field offices in the border towns of Mae Hong Son, Mae Sariang, Mae Sot, Umphang and Kanchanaburi.
TBBC’s programme is evolving as circumstances change and in recent years increasing emphasis has been placed on promoting self-reliance of displaced people through the utilisation and development of their own resources.
This has included the support of livelihood activities.
In recent months political developments in Burma/ Myanmar have raised the possibility of reconciliation after decades of conflict in the ethnic areas and TBBC is committed to supporting peace-building initiatives. TBBC is prepared to participate in the eventual voluntary repatriation of the refugees when the situation allows safe and dignified return to Burma/ Myanmar, and to assist, as appropriate, in their subsequent rehabilitation.
TBBC works in cooperation with the Royal Thai Government and in accordance with regulations of the Ministry of Interior. It is an Executive Member of the Committee for Coordination of Services to Displaced Persons in Thailand (CCSDPT), committed to coordination of all humanitarian service and protection activities with the other 17 NGO members of CCSDPT and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
TBBC’s programmes are consistent with the CCSDPT/ UNHCR Strategic Framework for Durable Solutions and are implemented through partnerships with refugee committees, community-based organisations and local groups.
TBBC is a signatory to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief, and as such, aims to be, impartial, and independent from any political viewpoint.
TBBC is a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales, Company number 05255598, Charity Commission number 1109476. TBBC’s registered office is at 35 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RL.
Donations can be made through the TBBC website www.tbbc.org.
TBBC Strategic Plan Objectives, 2009-2013