Nepal

Nepal: Appeal 2006-2007 No.MAANP001 Report 2006-2007

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This report covers the period of 01/01/06 to 31/12/06 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

Programme Summary:

Despite the fluid political and security situation, the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) continued to provide services to vulnerable people. For instance, the National Society provided emergency health services, especially first aid, during the people's movement and other mass agitations, and provided relief assistance to the families affected by floods and landslides. This had a positive effect on the image of NRCS. NRCS organized a meeting with Movement partners, including several Partner National Societies, to explore opportunities for further support, share NRCS' strategic priorities and initiate the process of operational alliances.

The NRCS, with support from the Secretariat, carried out a process of organizational strengthening. Initiatives were made to strengthen the strategic planning process, establish support service units and promote human resource development and capacity building. The funding situation for 2006 was satisfactory, with some programmes not covered by the appeal being carried out with bilateral partners.

Goal:

The health status of vulnerable communities in Nepal is improved.

Livelihood of people affected by disasters and conflicts sustained through prompt and effective preparedness and response systems.

NRCS makes an effective difference in the lives of vulnerable people through increased capacities of the National Society.

NRCS has brought changes in people's behaviour, increasing mutual understanding and respect for human dignity.

Needs: Total 2006-2007 budget CHF 3.02 million (USD 2.50 million or EUR 1.90 million), out of which 49.5 percent (CHF 1.50 million) covered.

Related Emergency or Annual Appeals: South Asia Regional Appeal 2006-2007 (MAA52001)

No. of people we help: A total of 1,525,394 people benefited directly and indirectly from International Federation programme interventions in 2006. Assistance will be provided to an estimated 449,725* people through activities planned for 2007.

* This figure does not include target beneficiaries for the following components - (i) disaster management capacity building project, (ii) junior/youth Red Cross and organization development and service project, and (iii) the radio programme component in the humanitarian values and communications programme, as exact beneficiary numbers are not available for these components.

Our Partners: Movement partners include the Red Cross Societies of Belgium, Japan, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland and South Korea, as well as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Some of the other partners are the United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO), World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Disaster Preparedness European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Office ECHO (DIPECHO), Department for International Development (DFID), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Oxfam, Save the Children and U.S. Alliance.

Current context

Nepal witnessed transformation in 2006 with seven mainstream political parties and the Maoists joining hands for a peaceful people's movement in April. This brought dramatic changes, shifting power to the people. A historical peace agreement was signed in November 2006, formally ending the decade long armed conflict. The house of representatives was reinstated and a new government formed

Though the 12-year armed conflict ended in 2006, violation of human rights as well as civil unrest, riots, demonstrations and general lawlessness continued, leaving the national economy with a negative growth rate. However, international donor agencies resumed their support to the government of Nepal for managing the peace process.

Following the 10-year insurgency, hundreds of people remain missing. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) prepared a list of about 800 missing people and, together with the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS), continues to contact families about missing members. In addition, new humanitarian needs emerged with respect to internally displaced people and returnees.

The International Federation and the ICRC played a strong role in cooperation and coordination among all partners. The cooperation between NRCS and ICRC also continued in different conflict preparedness and response programmes, including good governance promotion programmes in remote districts.

For further information please contact:

Nepal Red Cross Society: Umesh Prasad Dhakal (Executive Director); email: umesh@nrcs.org, Telephone: +977 14 27 0650; Fax: +977 14 27 1915

Federation officein Nepal: Nick Russell (Federation Representative); email: nicholas.russell@ifrc.org, Telephone: +977 14 28 5843; Fax: +977 14 28 6048

Federation South Asia regional Delegation In India: Anitta Underlin (Head of Regional Delegation); email: anitta.underlin@ifrc.org, Telephone: +91 11 2411 1125; Fax: +91 11 2411 1128, Mobile: +91.1000.1534

Federation Secretariat in Geneva (Asia Pacific Department): Hiroto Oyama (Regional Officer); email: hiroto.oyama@ifrc.org, Telephone: +41 22 730 4273, or Gokce Balcik, email:gokce.balcik@ifrc.org, Telephone: +41 22 730 4306; Fax: +41 22 733 0395

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