Kazakhstan Annual Report 2012 In 2012 the Kazakhstan Red Crescent was supported by the IFRC in raising humanitarian standards through the organizational capacity assessment and certification (OCAC) process. Besides that, the Kazakhstan Red Crescent was also assisted in strengthening the specific Red Cross Red Crescent contribution to the country`s development through programmes addressing HIV and Tuberculosis. In order to heighten Red Cross Red Crescent influence and support for our work, the IFRC promoted and assisted National Society work by engaging actors from the corporate sector so as to expand partnerships. The IFRC also encouraged Red Crescent mobilization activities through technical support and promoted improvements in the day-to-day financial management of the Kazakhstan Red Crescent. The key achievements for the year 2012 include the following.
the Red Crescent Society completed the self-assessment within the OCAC process;
a plan of action to address the identified shortcomings and the capacity building programme were approved by the National Society’s executive council at the end of the year;
following the 2011 external institutional audit and internal controls assessment of the National Society, the Kazakhstan Red Crescent underwent a financial audit in the second half of 2012;
the results of the audit, together with the results of the OCAC self-assessment, provide orientation for the National Society`s capacity building work and strategic thinking;
the National Society`s updated statutes were approved by the congress and registered with the Ministry of Justice.
The main factor affecting the implementation of the planned activities was the shortage of funds. The withdrawal of several traditional donors that used to channel their programme support multilaterally still creates a vacuum and results in a situation where the National Society has to reduce the scale of programming and look for funds from non-traditional donors and strengthen in- country fundraising.
Throughout the reporting period, the IFRC was encouraging and supporting the Kazakhstan Red Crescent in seeking funding from the European Union by responding to the calls for proposals. Thus, the Kazakhstan RC was supported in developing a concept note aimed at promoting women’s rights and their social and economic empowerment in the country. Unfortunately, this concept note was not pre-selected. The Kazakhstan RC was, alongside the other four National Societies in Central Asia, also assisted in joining the application on strengthening the capacities of non-state actors that was, in its turn, unsuccessful. Besides, the National Society became one of the implementing partners in the IFRC proposals aimed at services to migrants in four countries of the region. The proposals built on Red Cross and Red Crescent experience in the area of migration under the established Central Asia Regional Migration Network. Fortunately, one of the proposals was successful and this will allow the Kazakhstan National Society to continue providing services to migrants over three years starting from 2013 within the frame of the regional project entitled “Empowering Central Asian Migrants and Returnees to Improve their Living and Protect their dignity” with the bulk of funds to be channelled by the EU.
In spring the Kazakhstan Red Crescent carried out an operation to address the needs of people affected by floods in South-Kazakhstan region and Shymkent city. With the funds allocated by the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) more than 4,000 beneficiaries received hygiene parcels, blankets, mattresses, bed linen, and rubber footwear. The National Society also replenished its disaster preparedness stocks used up at the start-up of the operation. In December 2012 the Kazakhstan Red Crescent received a DREF allocation to support its three-month operation in response to extreme cold. The operation aimed at providing immediate non-food and food relief to 2,000 beneficiaries in Petropavlovsk, Semey and Karaganda cities by distributing blankets, warm clothing, footwear, hot meals and food parcels and raising awareness of the appropriate behaviour in case of extreme cold through information materials dispensed in public places.
Following the strategic direction to shift the emphasis in the support of national societies in the region on building their internal technical capacity, the structure of the Federation Regional Representation in Almaty went through substantial restructuring. A number of regionally based technical support functions were assigned to the Federation’s Zone office in Budapest and Federation Representation in Tajikistan. The process whereby the Federation Representation in Almaty concentrated on supporting the Kazakhstan Red Crescent as its primary task completed before the end of 2012.