The Liberian National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) has signed a cooperative framework (CFW) agreement with the International Committee of the Red Cross. It is intended to provide support in the amount of over US$700,000 to help the entity carry out its work for 2014.
LNRCS has indicated the funds are intended to help it adequately drive a five-year strategic plan recently drafted by the national society for rapid humanitarian response to promote timely humanitarian services throughout the country.
The CFW agreement is an annual contract focusing ICRC financial and technical support to the Liberian Red Cross’ program implementation and core cost.
The agreement is expected to be concentrated in five strategic areas the LNRCS has earmarked, including: Organizational Development, Disaster Management, Communication, Restoring Family Links and Community Based Health.
The president of LNRCS, Mr. Emmanuel Kparh, signed on behalf of his entity, while the head of delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Jean Jerome, signed on behalf of his organization
Mr. Kparh, at the signing ceremony said the Liberian Red Cross appreciates the existing partnership with the ICRC. He stated the agreement would enable the LNRCS to address pressing challenges to help alleviate human suffering.
Mr. Kparh termed the agreement a significant step in the LNRCS’s plans to consolidate gains of the past years in providing quality and timely services to vulnerable people and communities in an effective and efficient manner.
“Since 2007, we have formed a partnership with the ICRC that better positioned us to address Liberia’s many humanitarian challenges. With this agreement, the LNRCS and the ICRC have committed themselves to continue cooperation and have decided to base this on an overall cooperation framework agreement,” Mr. Kparh noted.
The LNRCS president furthered that he strongly believes the aim of the cooperation is not only limited to implementing LNRCS-ICRC joint projects, capacity building, provision of financial aids and technical supports, but to ensure that mutual respect, information sharing and trust become its hallmark.
The head delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Jean Jerome, acknowledged the partnership with the Liberian Red Cross and renewed the ICRC’s commitment to supporting the LNRCS in its humanitarian interventions.
Mr. Jerome noted that there is a lot of work to do for the vulnerable and underprivileged people who suffer the worst during natural and human made crises. The ICRC delegation boss detailed that the content of the agreement was discussed since July in line with the situation in Liberia.
With the latest signing of the agreement, the Liberian Red Cross would be strengthened to maximize its output to vulnerable people and communities through its programs implementation.