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Southeast Asia: Plan 2009 - 2010 (MAA51001)

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Executive summary

The overall purpose of this 2009-2010 Plan is to coordinate and support International Federation efforts at country and regional level to assist host national societies to scale up their work in line with the Global Agenda. The Southeast Asia regional team based in Bangkok will continue to evolve its role as a part of the new secretariat zonal structure and operating model. This model has been designed in order to create a more unified approach to Federation support to national societies across the whole of Asia Pacific. In line with the zonal strategy, the work of the regional office in 2009-2010 will take the following directions:

- Strategic guidance and management of the country-level Federation offices in the Southeast Asia region - Cambodia, Philippines, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

- Provision of technical support to Southeast Asian national societies, in particular those with no secretariat country presence or that have no in-country technical delegates.

- Developing institutional memory, promoting regional networking and ensuring sharing of lessons learnt.

- Developing a more pro-active approach to Movement coordination, including specific relationship management responsibility with partner national societies.

This 2009-2010 plan incorporates the Federation's programme plan and budget to support Lao Red Cross which was previously presented separately.

Continuing dialogue with the leadership of the Southeast Asian national societies is needed on their aspirations and needs, as well as on their responsibilities as members of the International Federation, so that more appropriate support at country level can be provided. Regional network capacities and partnership relations, both within and outside the Movement, need to be consolidated to this end. The regional team will remain ready to provide support and coordination in the event of future disasters such as the May 2008 Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar.

The International Federation Southeast Asia regional 2009-2010 plan budget is CHF 3,786,251 (USD 3,460,924 or EUR 2,411,625) for 2009, and CHF 3,770,990 (USD 3,446,975 or EUR 2,401,905) for 2010.

Regional context

Southeast Asia, comprising 11 countries, remains a region of opportunity and progress although significant challenges to reduce vulnerability remain. The region's national societies continue to increase their reach and impact in many instances. More capacity in some areas, however, is still needed: this two-year national society programme support plan, along with other forms of partner support, seeks to help the national societies build on existing success, fill gaps and overall, increase the impact of such efforts on the lives of vulnerable people.

Disasters continue to be a regular feature; some of the major ones in the past year have seen widespread death and destruction, such as cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and typhoon Fengshen in Philippines. There is ongoing political instability and tension in Timor-Leste and Myanmar, and to a lesser extent in Philippines and Thailand. The potential for an avian/human influenza pandemic remains and the effects of climate change are increasing challenges.

The Southeast Asia secretariat team will focus on country-level support to national societies through country offices (where these are present). This approach will draw on clear achievements in 2008 that saw progress, strengthening:

- Volunteer programming in the Philippines,

- Health strategic planning in Cambodia,

- Programmatic approach to disaster management in Cambodia,

- Disaster management in Lao PDR,

- Health and water and sanitation programmes in Lao PDR,

- Planning processes in Thailand,

- National preparedness planning in Timor-Leste,

- National society avian influenza preparedness planning in several countries including Lao PDR, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam,

- Psychosocial support in Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand.

- Response to the massive Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar.

Continued effective mapping, coordination and deployment of national society resources are needed to underpin this approach. One example of this was the success of Southeast Asian national society personnel trained in regional disaster response teams (RDRT), deployed in the Cyclone Nargis and other operations.