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IFRC shifts focus of core assistance

The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) made a fundamental shift in strategy for Central Asia this year to combat the problem of donor fatigue and overwhelming relief needs in the region.

The Federation moved toward decentralising its operations and personnel and focusing more on capacity building activities, a Federation report said on Wednesday. It aimed to build capacity in four core areas: disaster response, disaster preparedness, health, and humanitarian values. The report said that while providing relief goods continued to be a key assistance activity, it was being scaled back to allow greater focus on such issues as population movement programmes, information and advocacy, youth activities, fundraising and volunteer management. These programmes were vital in benefiting thousands of people and helping the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies of Central Asia to carry out their humanitarian mandate in a sustainable manner.

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