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Disaster and Crisis Management – Annual report 2014 MAA00040

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Period covered: January-December 2014

Overview -- DCM mission and core functions

The Disaster and Crisis Management (DCM) department’s mission is to ensure that a well functioning, relevant global disaster management system is in place to address the needs of communities who are vulnerable to or affected by disasters and crises. DCM is part of a global disaster management team guided by the following key strategic priorities:

  • Providing leadership for the development of global disaster and crises management policies, strategies and programming approaches to reflect the changing humanitarian environment and the growing capacities of National Societies to coordinate and deliver humanitarian assistance.

  • Developing and disseminating global disaster response guidance and procedures that clarify roles and responsibilities, set standards and help the IFRC to measure efficiency, effectiveness and the impact of operations.

  • Strengthening IFRC-wide response tools and capacities for disaster and crises including in the areas of response preparedness and contingency planning, disaster needs assessment, relief to recovery planning, the scaled-up use of cash in emergencies; global surge capacity systems and tools development and improving the timeliness and quality of Emergency Appeal and Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF)-supported1 operations.

Within these key priorities, DCM delivers the following core functions:
- Conceptual leadership and remote and field-based technical support for response preparedness, relief and recovery programming globally.
- Quality assurance and approval of all DREF proposals and Emergency Appeals.
- Real time evaluations (RTE’s) of all major operations.
- Immediate mobilization of global surge capacity / disaster response tool upon request.
- Reliable disaster management information systems and maps.
- Facilitating global coordination and representation on disaster and crises management with Movement and non-Movement partners.

As part of an effective global disaster management team, DCM strives to continuously improve communications and collaboration between the department and DM colleagues at Zone, regional and country levels; regularly deploys to operations to provide surge capacity where needed, to ensure that disaster and crises operations are appropriately led and strategized and that humanitarian standards are adhered to.