Dibya Raj Poudel,
A three-day annual review meeting of Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) held at National Training Center of NRCS Banepa from 29 Sept to 1st October, 2018 concluded reviewing performance of the organization in the past year and recommended revision of disaster management policy and endorsement of data protection policy for the organization.
Evaluating the activities carried out throughout the year 2017/2018, the meeting expressed commitments on improving financial management and controlling mechanism, providing safer and quality service, bringing uniformity in information management. It was attended by NRCS Central Executive Committee (CEC) members, the representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Partner National Societies (PNSs) and NRCS staffs totaling 63 participants.
NRCS Chairman Sanjeev Thapa shed light on efforts carried towards strengthening organizational structure and revision of policy and procedures to reach vulnerable communities with improved quality in services including blood transfusion.
NRCS Secretary General Dev Ratna Dhakhwa, Executive Director Umesh Dhakal, Directors leading thematic area and programme coordinators presented the progress during the past year. Likewise, Treasurer Devendra Bahadur Pradhan highlighted the financial situation of the organization and possible areas of multiplying the fund.
NRCS Executive Director Umesh Prasad Dhakal presented the achievements, best practices, lessons learned and challenges while implementing the Earthquake Response Operation (ERO).
The meeting screeched multiple areas to build stronger National Society with the recommendations. Some of the key recommendations were:
- Implement OCAC (Organizational Capacity Assessment and Certification) plan of action, DRCE (disaster risk reduction and institutional disaster response capacity enhancement) plan of action and safer access framework benchmarking findings in an integrated way.
- Promote use of technology (web/mobile based MIS) at all levels for increasing, consistency and efficiency and effectiveness of programmes and services in NRCS.
- Strengthen youth engagement, gender participation, CEA and disability inclusion in organization and programmes.
- Increase benefit of proper use of social media and reduce reputational risks associated to social media.
Central Executive Committee meeting reiterates recommendations and approves resignation of five Vice-Chairs
The review meeting was followed by 267th Central Executive Committee (CEC) Meeting of NRCS at the same venue. The CEC reconfirmed the review meeting conclusions.
The five Vice-Chairs of the NRCS resigned during the CEC meeting to support better implementation of the new constitution of the Society. Currently, there is a provision of only 2 Vice-Chairs in NRCS Constitution after 17th amendment which was made in April 2018. The amendment was made to be in line with the Federal Structure of the country.
The five Vice-Chairs were appointed three year back before the current amendment in the constitution. The outgoing Vice-Chairs, in their resignation letter stated that “We have resigned for the easy implementation of the Constitution”.
Acknowledging the CEC for providing opportunity, they further stated, “We will contribute for the Society in need in future too”.
As per new constitution of the organization, Chairman will soon nominate two vice- chairmen in consultation with the CEC members.