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Sri Lanka Appeal No. 01.57/2003 Annual Report

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Appeal No. 01.57/03; Appeal target: CHF 1,182,574 (USD 923,930 or EUR 747,963); Appeal coverage: 43.6% (click here to go directly to the Financial Report).

This Annual Report reflects activities implemented over a one-year period; they form part of, and are based on, longer-term, multi-year planning All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, please access the Federation's website at http://www.ifrc.org

For further information specifically related to this Annual Appeal please contact:

- NHQ: Chandra Ranawickrama, SLRCS, e-mail:DG_slrcs@yahoo.com, Tel: +9475370729, Fax: +947 536 7462

- Federation Representative, Sri Lanka, email: ifrclk02@ifrc.org Alasdair Gordon Gibson, Tel. +94 11 267 3985 Fax: +94 11 471 5978

- In Geneva: Ewa Eriksson, Regional Officer, email: ewa.eriksson@ifrc.org, Tel: +412 273 04252, Fax: +412 2733 0395

Overall analysis of the programme

The floods in May 2003 had a serious impact on the annual activities of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS). The International Federation, at the request of the national society, launched an international appeal for CHF 2.6 million (see Sri Lanka Flood Appeal 13/2003) to assist some 700,000 beneficiaries for six months. The SLRCS volunteer network proved to be effective and responsive and the appeal was generously supported by both national and international donors receiving 100.4 per cent coverage. The evaluation of the programme carried out in November stated that the focus and overall design of the operation was highly relevant, particularly the water and sanitation activities, but that there were weaknesses in the management systems. All tasks under the community-based disaster preparedness (CBDP) programme were completed by November in flood-prone districts. Towards the end of the flood operation, workshops on vulnerability and capacity assessment (VCA) were conducted at district levels.

During the first quarter of 2003 the SLRCS hosted five regional workshops. Prior to the floods, the national society also received eight official international delegations, which required a shift in priorities. Donor interest in SLRCS was on the rise during this period, as indicated by the many international visits. This donor interest had been stimulated by the Sri Lanka national peace process, the SLRCS constitutional change and organisational development processes, and by relatively successful minor drought relief operations implemented in recent years.

The SLRCS signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in March 2003 with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Federation. This was a significant stepping stone in the relationship between the national society and its Movement partners, aimed at boosting support to the development initiatives of the national society. With the commitment of this new bond, the SLRCS initiated new activities in the first half of the year. A greater emphasis was placed on creating a responsive environment in which institutions and the public would gain a greater understanding of the principles, roles and mandates of the society, leading to greater support and cooperation for the society.

By September, a new model of the community-based health programme began after several months delay. Together with the help of sister institutions in the health sector, the planning initiatives were implemented and are now on track.

The pilot population movement project, a new effort not mentioned in the original 2003 Appeal, is in operation. The project funded by the British Department for International Development (DFID)/British Red Cross Society is a 15-month initiative. The planning phase began in October and is focussing on HIV/AIDS prevention in the district of Jaffna.

In the fundraising department, a five-year plan was developed to raise funds locally and operate at a business level. The director of fundraising also attended an international skills sharing workshop in the Netherlands on resource mobilisation. The Better Programming Initiative (BPI) exercise was delayed due to the flood relief operations.

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