BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society (BDRC) will host the upcoming Southeast Asia Organisational Development Forum 2010 on March 2 at The Rizqun International Hotel to learn more how each country operates.
Thirty-two delegates including those from Brunei, will discuss during the forum how each of the respective Southeast Asian countries were managing their organisation. BDRC National Director of Development and Training Julaini Latip told The Brunei Times about the hosting of the forum yesterday just before a meeting between BDRC members to discuss and prepare for the event.
“The forum (is about) sharing ideas and experiences and how to move forward. Each society has its strengths and weaknesses. This forum will discuss how we can improve our weaknesses and share our strengths,” he said.
Julaini said that while Brunei is a small country and BDRC is a relatively small organisation, it definitely has something to offer. “For example, the public doesn’t know, but we were involved during the Influenza A (H1N1) outbreak in the country, directly or indirectly helping in terms of management by volunteering our services,” he said.
The Southeast Asia Organisational Development Forum is an annual event and part of the organisational development and capacity-building programme, supported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Southeast Asia regional secretariat. IFRC is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation.
The forum, to be chaired by Julaini, will be attended by 32 delegates. Members from the IFRC in Bangkok are expected to arrive today to support the BDRC in organising the event.
This will be Brunei’s first time to host the forum, and Julaini wished to take the opportunity to publicly thank the IFRC for having the confidence in them to host the event and thank them for their continuous support in the process of organising the forum. The event will cover three main topics: volunteering, humanitarian diplomacy and headquarters-branch relationships and decentralisation.
“In the context of volunteering, for example, Indonesia, may pass on their experiences of handling the tsunami disaster and how they functioned,” Julaini said.
Humanitarian diplomacy refers to issues of human rights while the last topic targets larger countries with many IFRC branches to communicate better with each other and make them more effective.
There are 11 IFRC societies in Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam.