Our Partners

IFRC Myanmar Delegation

Background

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has been present in Myanmar since 1991, when it sent a relief delegate for fire relief operations in Meiktila, Mandalay Region. Following this successful partnership between the IFRC and MRCS, an IFRC office was established in 1993 to provide longer-term support to MRCS.

Current context

IFRC provides financial and technical support to the Myanmar Red Cross Society in the following key areas:
– Disaster Management including community and school-based disaster risk management, as well as the establishment and maintenance of an Emergency Management Fund.
– Community-based health, and water and sanitation
– Organizational Development which includes capacity building within MRCS focusing on:

  • Branch development
  • Youth and volunteer management
  • Finance development
  • Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (PMER)
  • Logistics
  • Human resource development

Partnerships via IFRC

Several partners within the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement are currently providing funding support to the Myanmar Red Cross Society via IFRC. These partners include:

  • Japanese Red Cross Society
  • Danish Red Cross
  • Swedish Red Cross
  • Hong Kong branch of the Red Cross Society of China
  • Canadian Red Cross
  • Austrian Red Cross
  • Norwegian Red Cross
  • Taiwan Red Cross

Movement Coordination

IFRC’s support to the Myanmar Red Cross Society involves close coordination with in-country Red Cross Red Crescent Movement partners comprising the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Partner National Societies engaged in providing other support to MRCS. The in-country Partner National Societies are the Danish Red Cross, Australian Red Cross, Qatar Red Crescent and American Red Cross.

Contact Information

Prof Dr Daw Mya Thu, President
Myanmar Red Cross Society
E-mail: myathu@redcross.org.mm
Phone: +951 383 681.

Mr. Udaya Kumar REGMI, Head of Country Office (Myanmar)
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
E-mail: udaya.regmi@ifrc.org
Phone: +95 1 383 686.


Organizational Development

In order to become a more independent and self-sufficient national society, MRCS must develop its internal organizational capacity through OD efforts. Our primary objective is to become a well-structured entity at all levels so that we may deliver quality community-based services to vulnerable communities in Myanmar.
Please read the following sections to learn more about our OD efforts:

  • Branch Development
  • Finance Development
  • Resource Mobilization
  • Youth and Volunteer Development

Branch Development

OD Department initiated Branch Development Model with minimum performance and disseminated it and conducted Branch Capacity Assessment (BCA) since 2012. By the end of 2015 Dec, 308 branches, out of 330 have been completed BCA and informed the performance statues and grading score. OD department acknowledged to these well-functioning townships which received (A) score, annually at Central Council meeting.
By the end of 2016 April, there are 60 branches, out of 330, completed BOCA exercise and developed own-Branch Development Plan and implemented with local resources.

Finance Development

Finance Development Project stared in 2014 and Branch Finance Development activities started in 2015. Various types of finance development training were conducted:

  • Book-keeping Training for Staff , RCVs and Self Help Group
  • Financial Procedures Training for Staff and RCVs,
  • Financial Management Training for Finance Staff
  • Branch Finance Development Training for Branch Finance Development Project area
  • Refresher Training for Finance Staff

By the end of 2015, 78 branches, out of 330 received Branch Finance Development training and required materials.

Resource Mobilization

In order to achieve a higher level of self-sufficiency, sustainability, and independence, MRCS would like to improve our Resource Mobilization activities in the current period. Ultimately, our goal is to implement successful fundraising strategies at all levels, from villages to the national level. MRCS’s current RM activities include providing First Aid courses to private organizations provided by our FASS division, a kit shop, water purification plant, producing and distributing Oral Rehydration Salts, and an in-house printing press. Our future strategy involves:

  • Develop and apply Resource Mobilization Policy in line with new Statues
  • Develop Resource Mobilization Strategy/ guidelines to support implementation of MRCS Strategy 2020
  • Strengthen Resource Mobilization capacity at all levels by utilizing MRCS Partnership Framework

Youth and Volunteer Development

Youth Leadership

To advance the role of Red Cross Youth in the planning process and decision making, 18 Red Cross Youth representatives from various states and regions were invited to attend and participate in a meeting in June 2011 for Grade 1 Officers from all states and regions. The participation of these youth representatives at the meeting led to the formation of Red Cross Youth committees in various states and regions. A total of 18 representatives from these committees will be given the opportunity to attend the society’s Central Council Meeting which convenes twice a year.

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