The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) and the German Red Cross co-hosted a workshop to develop a joint strategy for the upcoming years, identify the priorities and beneficiaries of projects that serve the community, also develop the teams of the IRCS.
According to Ahmed Abdul-Amir, Director of the Disaster department of the Iraqi Red Crescent, the workshop addressed proposals and future projects with the German side that are compatible with the work strategy adopted by the IRCS in order to obtain positive outcomes and results that benefit the communities to which we provide services, on the one hand, and to build capacities and develop the capabilities of the Iraqi Red Crescent, on the other.
The Director of the German Red Cross Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, Mr. Ulrich Wagner, confirmed the efforts and work of the German Red Cross to broaden the scope of the long-term partnership with the IRCS.
Mr. Ulrich has added, “We listened and discussed the strategic priorities and needs presented to us by our colleagues in the IRCS, and we look forward to jointly defining future cooperation to better align with the needs of the country and the priorities of the IRCS in the coming months.”
Mr. Nawar Abdel Qader, director of the construction and sanitation department in the IRCS, said: “The purpose of the workshop is to develop a joint plan for the next two years and to determine the activities that must be worked on with the German Red Cross that are compatible with the IRCS’s activities and the strategy of the IFRC.”
Mr. Nawar has continued, “The focus was on three major topics: the distribution of aid and cash vouchers, reducing the risks associated with disaster management, and community health, including awareness campaigns and psychosocial support.”
The Director of the Salah al-Deen and Nineveh branches of the Iraqi Red Crescent, Haider Qassem, indicated identifying the priorities and beneficiaries of joint projects with the German side that meet the needs of community, also identifying obstacles and how to overcome them to implement such projects, and setting programs to develop the skills and capabilities of the IRCS’s teams in order to keeping pace with the global development in the humanitarian field, 35 directors of departments in the IRCS and directors of branches in the governorates have participated in the two-day workshop.