This report covers the period 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2012
The first half of 2012 saw a period of stabilization after the significant transition of late 2011. The regional office‟s focus on resilience increased as well as a more linked up and holistic approach to support towards three priorities: 1) national society capacity building particularly in terms of youth and volunteers; 2) tools and approaches that support sustainable efforts to enhance community resilience; and 3) a better protection and projection of the role of the Red Cross Red Crescent – via strengthened approaches in humanitarian diplomacy – in the changing field of disaster management within the Southeast Asian region. The regional office continued to work through the six IFRC country offices and prioritize the 11 national societies of the Southeast Asia region as well as international Red Cross Red Crescent actors, including partner national societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
It is encouraging to report that national society regional mechanisms took significant steps forward. The organizational development forum nominated a standing chair (secretary general of Brunei Red Crescent Society) that aimed to better manage preparation for, running of, and follow up to the forum. The regional disaster management committee (RDMC) also nominated a standing chairperson (director of Thai Red Cross relief and community health bureau) and agreed to aim for country-level integration of programming by 2014.
The RDMC will meet again in Cambodia in November to follow up decisions from the Annual Asia Red Cross Red Crescent Leaders Meeting in July in Myanmar.
Of minor concern is the fact that progress on signing the ASEAN cooperation framework agreement remains halting. Changes are afoot in terms of heads of country and regional office in Southeast Asia with recruitment underway for both Cambodia and Myanmar.
Original published date:
29 Aug 2012