1 The Americas Zone Mission
The mission of the Americas Zone is to support Americas National Societies to increase humanitarian and development standards, helping them to remain relevant within their country and sustainable and accountable for their actions, guided by the implementation of Strategy 2020.
2 National Society Mission
Preventing and alleviating human suffering, reaching those most vulnerable in every circumstance, promoting the improvement of the quality of their lives and strengthening their capacities .
Peruvian Red Cross Framework
The Americas Zone Plan covers the period from 2012–2015. The Peruvian Red Cross’ (PRC)
Strategic Plan is currently being developed; in this case the Long Term Planning Framework (LTPF) only covers 2012. Aligned with the Americas Zone mission, the purpose of the PRC LTPF for 2012 is to support the National Society in recovering its institutional capacity in order to provide quality services to people in situations of vulnerability, poverty and exclusion.
This plan includes knowledge and capacity development which is needed to guide the PRC in their institutional capacity towards quality, efficient and effective management that is aligned with the framework and principles of “Building Strong National Societies”, and harmonized with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Strategy 2020. This alignment will aid the PRC to become an influential and progressive actor in Peru, offering relevant and effective services to those most in need. This plan requires the joint and coordinated support of the secretariat to the Peruvian Red Cross, helping the PRC to do more, do better and reach further.
Peru is a country that faces great inequality along with very high poverty levels and a series of social issues that increase the vulnerability of poor and isolated communities. Within this context, the National Society faces important humanitarian risks in its response to the needs of the most vulnerable. However, during the past six years the PRC has also faced a severe institutional crisis that has strongly affected how the National Society operates and how it fulfils its humanitarian mission. With continuous support from the IFRC, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other partners from the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, the PRC is now progressing towards establishing its fundamental, strategic and programmatic bases and restoring its institutional capacity.
The regional representation for the Andean Countries has identified priority areas where support is needed from the secretariat to support the Peruvian Red Cross. These priorities will be engaged through a complementary focus that will strengthen both its headquarters and territorial branch network through basic programme services in disaster risk reduction, health and care and organizational development. The priorities respond to needs still valid in the PRC operational plan for 2011, which includes objectives from the intervention plan for the re-institutionalization and strengthening of the Peruvian Red Cross . The priorities are also are aligned with Americas Zone Plan 2012–2015 and the Inter-American Plan 2007–2011 and following the recommendations of the Study of the Americas developed by the International Studies Institute of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
The plan functions as a roadmap for the National Societies of the Americas Zone along with the Cooperation and Coordination Tripartite Agreement between the Peruvian Red Cross, the ICRC and the IFRC, as base for cooperation within the Movement, that seeks to ensure that the National Society, the secretariat, donors, bilateral Movement members and external partners collaborate with a coordinated focus that will increase the impact of the humanitarian action of all Movement components present in Peru.