Kosovo: MAAKV001 - Annual Report 2010

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This report covers the period 01/01/2010 to 31/12/2010.

In brief

Programme outcome: For 2010, the programme areas supported in Kosovo are disaster management; health and care, organizational development and principle and values. These areas are based on the priorities and capacities of the Red Cross organizations in Kosovo. All Federation supported programmes in Kosovo are aligned with and contribute to the strategic aims in Strategy 2020 and the priorities of the Red Cross organizations. The main emphasis of the Federation work in Kosovo is on supporting the Red Cross organizations in developing their operational capacities to better respond to the basic needs of the most vulnerable people.

Programme(s) summary: The disaster management programme aims to strengthen capacity in disaster management for the Red Cross organizations in Kosovo to be able to fulfil their humanitarian mandate. Key achievements during the reporting period were:

• the training of six disaster response teams at branch level;

• training on risk mapping and contingency planning;

• mapping of risks;

• finalising the contingency plans for six branches;

• simulation exercise;

• raising community awareness on potential risks in six communities.

During December 2010 heavy rains caused flash floods in several municipalities in Kosovo as well as in the neighbouring countries. A response operation funded through the Federations Disaster Relief Emergency Fund was launched to support 600 most vulnerable affected families.

Through health and care programme the Federation continued supporting Red Cross organizations in implementing

• family health education courses in order to improve knowledge and raise awareness about reproductive health, general family health issues including hygiene, good parenting and

• HIV and AIDS peer education for youth that contributed in increasing the awareness about the risk of HIV and AIDS and improved healthy behaviour.

Within the Organizational Development and Capacity Building programme Red Cross leadership, staff and volunteers at all levels benefited from advice, coaching, consultancy, training, peer to peer to support and material input which enable them to improve their function and service delivery.

The Federation cooperates with Red Cross of Kosova in order to address the needs of the returning asylum seekers needs from Sweden and strengthen their ability to reintegrate into their society. More specifically the supported activities aimed to contribute to return in safety and dignity. The activities in the returnee project especially contributed to strategic aims two and three in the Federation Strategy 2020 aiming to enable healthy and safe living and promote social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace.

Financial situation: A budget revision was made in the 2 nd half of the year due to limited funding.
The budget was reduced to CHF 585,962 from initially planned CHF 720,677. Due to funding received for Humanitarian value project CHF 651,386 (111 per cent) was covered. Overall expenditure during the reporting period was CHF 490,802 (75 per cent) of the funding.

No. of people we have reached: The approximate number of people that benefited directly from the International Federation supported Plan during the reporting period was 28,970.

Our partners: The International Federation in Kosovo cooperates and coordinates its activities with a number of different partners be it within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement or others such as: the German Red Cross, the Swedish Red Cross, the Norwegian Red Cross, the Italian Red Cross, Finnish Red Cross the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), UN agencies, and local and central authorities.