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IFRC Indian Ocean Islands and Djibouti Country Program Overview 2019

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The Indian Ocean Islands and Djibouti (IOI&D) IFRC cluster have been put in place in April 2018 by reducing the size of East Africa and IOI Cluster to better service the specific needs of islands and Djibouti to improve national society capacity, reduce the impact of climate change related hazards including environmental risks. In general, the Indian Ocean region is particularly vulnerable to cyclones, floods and droughts. Those natural hazards are becoming more and more intense causing severe impacts affecting more people every year, especially the most vulnerable.

For 2019, activities will be focused on fostering the capacity of National societies to respond to disasters and support the local capacities to be able to engage and assist vulnerable communities, improve their resilience and empower them in anticipating existing and emerging risks at local level. Capacity building of the National societies will be supported to reach the agreed planned priorities and will take in consideration branches as centres of resilience in program approach. Specific attention will be given to take in account and respond to women and young girls’ specific needs as well as youth in general.

Risk reduction and resilience programme include health risk, epidemic response and community-based activities for creating healthy living environment. Specific attention will be given to risk anticipation by bridging humanitarian intervention to climate science and by developing operational early warning-early action framework. Preparedness for volcano eruption in Comoros will be appropriately targeted.

Some National societies covered by the IOI&D cluster will y will be supported to become accountable, transparent to be able to fulfil their role and mandate in a credible manner.
The cluster will play a leadership role for movement coordination in the region, ensure the dialogue between PNSs and National Societies is well facilitated and will create enabling environment for complementarity and synergy between programmes to ensure coordinated support to National Societies in the region. Specifically, movement cooperation will be focused on 3 main areas:

  1. joint planning and joint support to National Societies,

  2. operational coordination mainly during disasters or conflicts to ensure appropriate information sharing and coordinated support/actions,

  3. facilitation platform to ensure dialogue between movement partners and National societies to support some priorities thematic areas like localization and grand bargain.

The Plan 2019 objective is to ensure that National societies have appropriate capacities to respond to disasters and to conduct community resilience program to prevent shocks including epidemics and public health emergencies. Programs will also include promotion social inclusion as well as non-violence and peace.