National Humanitarian Coordination no. 24


24th Co-ordination Meeting
7th March 2002


1.Overview/update by the Chair
2.Overview/update by representative of the Presidentís Cabinet
3.Overview of the activities of the Macedonian Red Cross and ICRC/IFRC 4.Update by other UN Agencies & Donors
5.Update on UN activities (OCHA)
6.Update on local NGOsí activities (First Children Embassy- Megjasi, El Hilal ) 7.Update on international NGOsí activities (International NGO Council)

1.Overview/update by the Chairman
Mr. Cadinovski emphasised that spring is closing in and efforts should be made to provide seeds and fertilisers for the spring plant.

2.Overview of the activities of the Macedonian Red Cross and ICRC/IFRC
ICRC informed the group that tomorrow food would be distributed to the village of Malino Malo, and the next day in Brest. Distribution of hygiene parcels and food for IDPs in CCs is ongoing.

3.Update by other UN Agencies & Donors
FAO informed that during the fall 2001 provided seeds and fertiliser inputs for 12,700 farmers and animal feed for additional 23,000 vulnerable farmers in drought and conflict areas.

To start the 2002 programme, Italian government has provided US$ 442,500 for seeds and fertilisers to cover 6,000 farmers in Tetovo area. It is expected that the Dutch government will provide US$500,000 for potatoes and maize seeds.

UNHCR continues with its regular activities and assistance to IDPs, returnees and conflict affected population. Regarding the shelter activities, UNHCR in collaboration with its implementing partners is working on new house damage assessment and plan for house repair for damaged houses cat. 1&2. The process of gathering ideas and selection of QIPs projects has started.

ECHO reported that the food distribution to conflict affected population (implementing partner-AAH) was finalised. The food distribution for IDPs in host families and social cases is ongoing (implementing partner InterSos) as planned.

UNICEF informed the group that the second phase of furniture distribution for schools in the conflict-affected regions and schools that received IDP students is ongoing.

Last week with assistance of TFF containers were delivered for the school in the village of Nikustak. From the total number of 78 schools in need of rehabilitation (36 in Tetovo region, 26 in Kumanovo region and 16 in Skopje region, 45 were rehabilitated, for 15 some donors have expressed interest and for 18 more funds for rehabilitation have to be found.

UNDP informed the meeting about the distribution of animal feed (implementing partner-CRIC) for 340 farmers in Lopate.

WHO reported that efforts are made for the revitalisation of the health care in the Lipkovo region. Some ambulantas have already been rehabilitated and now the possibilities for equipping the facilities as well as establishment of mobile teams are explored. Next week a meeting will be held with Ministry of Health and the director of the Medical Centre Kumanovo to solve this issue.

4.Update on UN activities (OCHA)
informed the meeting about the ongoing process of defining the framework for the transitional phase from relief to development. In this process representatives of the UN agencies, donors, international Council of NGOs and local partners are involved.

The preliminary transitional framework is ready, and as a result of this process new sectors will be introduced.

5.Update on local NGOsí activities (MCIC, Mesecina)
On the last local NGOs humanitarian coordination it was concluded that this coordination should continue in 2002, and should include more NGOs in its work.

It was emphasised that the international NGOs should improve the collaboration with Macedonian NGOs

El Hilal distributed monthly report of their activities.

6.Update on international NGOsí activities (International NGO Council)
International NGO Council said that in co-ordination with OCHA, a database on who is doing what will be developed. As a result of the transitional process new sectors will be introduced (Infrastructure/Rehabilitation that includes the already existing shelter and water/sanitation groups; Community Projects; Legal framework and Recovery/Small businesses)


Previous Coordination Reports

  • 22th Coordinative meeting [7 Feb 2002]
  • 21th Coordinative meeting [24 Jan 2002]
  • 20th Coordinative meeting [10 Jan 2002]
  • 19th Coordinative meeting [20 Dec 2001]
  • 18th Coordinative meeting [6 Dec 2001]
  • 17th Coordinative meeting [22 Nov 2001]
  • 16th Coordinative meeting [8 Nov 2001]
  • 15th Coordinative meeting [1 Nov 2001]
  • 14th Coordinative meeting [25 Oct 2001]
  • 13th Coordinative meeting [18 Oct 2001]
  • 11th Coordinative meeting [26 Sep 2001]
  • 10th Coordinative meeting [20 Sep 2001]
  • 9th Coordinative meeting [13 Sep 2001]
  • 8th Coordinative meeting [6 Sep 2001]
  • 7th Coordinative meeting [30 Aug 2001]
  • 5th Coordinative meeting [16 Aug 2001]
  • 4th Coordinative meeting [8 Aug 2001]
  • 3rd Coordinative meeting [26 Jul 2001]
  • 2nd Coordinative meeting [19 Jul 2001]
  • 1st Coordinative meeting [11 Jul 2001]
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