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January 2017

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Updates from South-East Asia

Disaster Risk Reduction

PMI starts Early Recovery Operations in response to Aceh earthquake

The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) has started early recovery operation in response to Pidie Jaya, Aceh earthquake. The recovery interventions focus on livelihood, shelters and people’s health. These interventions are carried out after the post-emergency response of the disaster that ended last December 2016. Click here to read more

Updates on Building Urban Resilience in South-East Asia project

Find the updates at the regional level, in Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam and Lao PDR here

Cambodia’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programme (WASH) Updates in January 2017

Cambodia Red Cross Society completed the following activities: Handing-over of emergency water purification unit at NHQ and Provincial level, Awareness towards hygiene promotion activity in Kratie, Svay Rieng and Bantey Mean Chey provinces, Installation of solar panels and Hand Pump facility installation in Toul Prasat village, Bantey Mean Chey province Click here to read more

Communication and Advocacy

Community Engagement and Accountability (CEA)
Improving communication, engagement and accountability in all we do.

This is a joint effort of the IFRC and ICRC, launched at the end of January 2017. This guide does not present a new activity, but rather adds value to what we are already doing by offering practical advice and support to improve how we communicate with, engage with and are accountable to people in need. It is written for Red Cross and Red Crescent staff and provides advice and support to build CEA in a more systematic, predictable and evidence-based way within the management cycle. Click here to learn more:
Youth and Volunteering

South East Asia Youth Network Online Meeting | 25 January 2017

16th South East Asia Youth Network online meeting was held with 13 members from 11 National Societies. They launched the School Safety Mapping Initiative and presented individual NSs’ Youth events. Click here to read more

Roundtable Discussion on Climate Change Adaptation with Inclusion | 24 January 2017 | Bangkok, Thailand

Plan International Asia Regional office hosted the roundtable discussion on the topic of “Climate Change Adaptation with Inclusion”. It is an informal group meeting of international organisations such as the UN and NGOs working in Bangkok. Representatives of IFRC (Youth and Volunteering Officer and Health Officer) actively involved in the discussion by sharing best practices of youth and children, women and elderly in climate change adaptation. Click here to read more

Red Cross Youth launches programme to nurture socially-responsible young leaders

The Singapore Red Cross Youth (RCY) launched a Youth Leadership Badge to provide youths in Singapore with a comprehensive programme for leadership in humanitarian causes. Click here to read more

Launch of School Safety Mapping Initiative by Southeast Asia Youth Network | 25 January 2017

Southeast Asia Youth Network (SEAYN) launched the School Safety Mapping Exercise for Southeast Asia National Societies (NSs) through online meeting. The mapping of the NSs’ school safety programmes and activities will provide an evidence-based visibility to the role of the NSs and will strengthen their advocacy works. Click here to read more

Weather Forecast for February-April 2017

Country Weather Forecast
(Dry or wet)
Brunei Slightly wet 35-40% (slight likelihood) of wet weather in all areas.
Cambodia Slightly wet 35-40% (slight likelihood) of wet weather in all areas.
Indonesia Slightly wet 35-40% (slight likelihood) of wet weather in the central part of the country.
Laos Slightly wet 35-40% (slight) likelihood of wet weather in the southern and western parts of the country.
Malaysia Slightly wet 35-40% (slight likelihood) of wet weather in the eastern part of the country.
Myanmar Unusually wet Mostly 55% or greater (high likelihood) of wet weather in most southern part of the country with some of the southern part has slight likelihood (35-40%)
Philippines Slightly wet 35-40% (slight likelihood) of wet weather in the southwestern, south-eastern and northern parts of the country.
Singapore Not dry nor wet -
Thailand Slightly wet Slight likelihood (35-40%) of wet weather in all areas of the country, except the north-western part.
Timor-Leste Not dry nor wet -
Vietnam Slightly wet 35-40% (slight likelihood) of wet weather in all areas except the northern part.

Featured Video

Power of Youth and Volunteers in Building Urban Resilience

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Upcoming events

Upcoming events on February to May 2017
Feb 2 National Disaster Law dissemination Cambodia
TBC Lao Youth Empowerment Programme Lao PDR
TBC Provincial-level Dissemination on Disaster Law Cambodia
5-12 Emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (e-WASH) training Prey Veng, Cambodia
6-10 Monitoring visit from Canadian Red Cross to Bangkok (including M& E workshop and TWG meeting) as part of Regional Resilience Initiative (RRI) Bangkok
6-10 National Training on Quantum Geographic Information System (QGIS) methodology (data inputting and mapping) Quy Nhon, Viet Nam
13 (TBC) Asia-Pacific Comprehensive School Safety (APCSS) meeting Bangkok
14-15 Second ASEAN Safe School Conference Bangkok
21 National Workshop on Knowledge and Attitude Practices (KAP) survey sharing results and feedback Vientiane, Lao PDR
21-22 Global Gender and Diversity Network meeting Oslo, Norway
24-25 International Conference on Flood Resilience Jakarta, Indonesia
13-17 Peer-to-peer exchange visit of Lao Red Cross to Nepal Red Cross on radio programming and community engagement Nepal
TBC Wider Stakeholder Consultation on Disaster and Climate Change Law Vientiane, Lao PDR
TBC Provincial Disaster Law dissemination workshop Cambodia
TBC PMI Roundtable Indonesia
TBC Carrying out filming for story-telling on DRR and resilience activities of VNRC Viet Nam
TBC Advanced training on gender and diversity with Timor-Leste Red Cross Society (CVTL) Timor-Leste
Mar 1-2 Regional Consultation on Rights of Migrants in Action project Bangkok
1-3 ACDM Technical Working Group on Prevention and Mitigation Bangkok
7-8 National Workshop on Knowledge and Attitude Practices (KAP) Survey Results Sharing and Feedback Vientiane, Lao PDR
14-16 International Training in Hanoi on the whole methodology (participatory data gathering and QGIS mapping) Viet Nam
20-24 National Disaster Response Team (NDRT) Training for Thai Red Cross Thailand
21-23 International Workshop on QGIS for mapping tool and data collection Vietnam
24-31 National Disaster Response Team (NDRT) Trainings with a focus on gender and diversity Lao PDR
TBC Emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (e-WASH) training Lao PDR
TBC Training on Project Evaluation Bangkok
April 18-20 Community Safety and Resilience Forum Malaysia
TBC Field session on Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA) with Gender & Diversity lens TBC
TBC Regional Resilience Initiative (RRI) Steering Committee meeting Bangkok
May TBC Regional learning/training on Community Engagement and Accountability (CEA) TBC
TBC Lao-Thai cross-border cooperation meeting TBC
TBC Viet Nam Red Cross Society’s 5-year WASH framework Viet Nam

Global news

One Billion Coalition for Resilience

The One Billion Coalition for Resilience (1BC) is an unprecedented commitment from individuals, communities, organizations, business and governments to mobilize the potential of our collective networks, our ability to work at scale, and to coordinate our shared resources, working toward a world where people are safer, healthier and can thrive, even in the face of adversity. Join now

New resources

Youth Facilitator’s Guide: Youth in School Safety” (YSS) Pilot version

This guide aims to empower youth at schools to strengthen the bonds between school children and Red Cross youths, teachers and parents in their specific roles in school safety. Click here to download

Gender and Diversity Organisational Assessment Toolkit

This is the first IFRC tool that focuses on gender and diversity in organisational development (OD), to support National Societies to fulfil their commitments to sensitivity and equity on gender and diversity.

The purpose of this tool is to provide a standard method of conducting an organisational assessment on gender and diversity, focusing on five key thematic areas: political will and leadership, organizational culture, resources and capacities, programme delivery and implementation and accountability. Click here to download: Introduction to the toolkit | Conducting the analysis | Recommendations and Plan of Action | The Assessment Tool

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