Organizational Development and External Relations Department
The main goal of the activities of the Department is to strengthen the capacity of the RCSK in order to better fulfill the mission of the organization, which is to alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable groups of the population.
This involves the dissemination knowledge about the International Humanitarian Law, Humanitarian Values and the Fundamental Principles of the RC RC Movement both among the population and among partners from state and non-governmental organizations.
International Humanitarian Law (IHL)
IHL is one of the most effective tools available to the international community to ensure the safety of people and respect their dignity in war and conflicts.
Armed conflicts accompanied the whole history of mankind. For a long time, military actions have been guided by the so-called customary law, but only for the past 150 years, based on considerations of humanity, states established international norms restricting the methods of warfare and protecting its victims. The main of such norms are the Geneva Conventions and the Hague Conventions. The combination of these norms is commonly called international humanitarian law (IHL), or the law of war, or the law of armed conflict. International humanitarian law is a set of international norms established as a result of agreements or existing by virtue of certain customs. These rules are aimed at protecting persons and property that suffer or may suffer as a result of armed conflict, and also to limit methods and means of conducting military operations. International humanitarian law applies in the following situations:
• International armed conflicts - armed clashes between states with partial or complete occupation of the territory;
• Non-international conflicts - prolonged armed clashes within the state;
Within the framework of this program information sessions for various social groups are held, for example: schoolchildren, students, military personnel, etc. The purpose of these sessions is to disseminate knowledge of international humanitarian law, humanitarian norms and the Fundamental Principles of the Movement.
• Dissemination of knowledge of International Humanitarian Law;
• Dissemination of the Humanitarian Norms and the Fundamental Principles of the Movement. In addition, an important aspect is the protection of the emblems of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
A volunteer is a person voluntarily engaged in gratuitous socially useful activities. The activities of the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are based on the work of volunteers around the world. In general, the Movement has over 17 million volunteers around the world and more than 2,500 active volunteers in the Red Crescent of Kyrgyzstan. Any person can become a volunteer, regardless of age, nationality, religion or membership of any minority groups. The most important thing is for a person to be good-natured and willing to help people who need support. The volunteers of the Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan are different people - schoolchildren, students, residents of rural communities, former beneficiaries of the organization (for example, people who survived tuberculosis and recovered due to the support of the health care system and RCSK), employees of different organizations and business structures, etc. Depending on the preferences and abilities of a person, volunteers can work in all spheres of activity of RCSK. The organization prioritizes training and enhancing the skills of volunteers in such areas as communication, first aid, a healthy lifestyle, humanitarian operations, etc.
Resource mobilization, fundraising and capacity building
In the context of growing competition among humanitarian organizations on the one hand and the consequences of the global economic crisis on the other, the organization must constantly think and work in the area of finding resources to support current and new activities. This requires constant training of employees in several areas - negotiation skills, business correspondence, presentations, writing projects, program management, financial and descriptive reporting, etc. For the purpose of more sustainable development, the organization seeks to diversify sources of income - attracting membership fees, participating in state social orders, developing projects and programs, income-generating activities, fundraising actions, private donations, patronage, etc. Regardless of the source of financial and material resources, RCSK seeks to allocate all funds received to address the needs of vulnerable segments of the population, based on the Fundamental Principles of the Movement.
Development of partnership
In view its mission to perform an auxiliary role to the State, as well as a member of the International Federation, the Red Crescent of Kyrgyzstan has a wide range of partners from among state bodies, non-governmental and international organizations. Also, RCSK develops cooperation with the Embassies of some countries and the business sector in Kyrgyzstan.
Within the framework of the Movement, the Red Crescent cooperates with the following partners: the International Federation, the ICRC, the Austrian RC, the American RC, the German RC, the Italian RK, the Iranian RC, the Qatar RC, the Chinese RC, the RC of Saudi Arabia, the Turkish RC, the Finnish RC, the Swiss RC.
RCSK considers the issue of the development of humanitarian diplomacy to be important, when a constructive dialogue is held between those who can provide financial and material assistance and those who need it.
Working with youth
The Red Crescent pays special attention to working with young people, who constitute the majority of the population in Kyrgyzstan. Involving young people to the ranks, RCSK solves several tasks simultaneously. First, it instills the skills of humanism by involving youth in the humanitarian mission of the Movement. Secondly, by increasing the potential of young people through conducting information sessions, trainings, seminars, RCSK contributes to youth development, who will represent the active part of the population of the country in the future. Third, those people who have shown themselves actively can become volunteers and even employees of the organization in the future.