Sri Lanka country office: Development Operational Plan 2014

1. Executive Summary

The 2014 operational plan contributes to the long-term objectives of IFRC in Sri Lanka articulated in the long-term planning framework (LTPF) 2012-2015. It builds on the past achievements and lessons learned from the pre-, during and post-tsunami realities, and the work Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) and IFRC are doing now highlighting the unmet needs of so many people who continue to live in poverty, are vulnerable to extreme weather events and preventable diseases, or have no place to call their home.

The SLRCS is at an important juncture and probably more than ever before requires our support to take forward some vitally important reforms it has implemented since the launch of the Reengineering process from 2009 onwards. The process had three distinct phases and based on the results achieved, in 2012, SLRCS launched an innovative concept of the “The Way forwards – Beyond Re-engineering” (WF - BRE). Supporting effective implementation of WF-BRE system is a focus of the IFRC 2014 operational plan.

Support will also continue to the integrated programme for community safety and resilience (IPCR) initiated by SLRCS in 2012 an objective of which is to strengthen community safety and resilience through an integrated approach. Over the last two years the programme was successfully implemented in 50 communities in 10 districts and the plan for 2014 includes to expand it to five more districts.

A third pillar of the 2014 plan is to help SLRCS consolidate its disaster preparedness and response capacities by promoting best practices which continue to evolve and improve, but also by encouraging SLRCS to become more creative and innovative in the face of new challenges and opportunities. Development Operational Plan 2014 Sri Lanka country office