Last week in Beirut, IFRC’s Middle East and North Africa regional office presented its Regional Operational Plan to partners and stakeholders, inviting them to share their insights on how to join efforts to alleviate the suffering of people in the region.

“The international community has an obligation to work every day with local actors, until we restore the dignity of the most vulnerable people and bring hope for their future. We have the privilege to work with our national societies, closest to those that need us most, giving us the best opportunity to make a difference”, said Sayed Hashem, IFRC Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

In the event, IFRC MENA regional office also shared IFRC’s Strategy 2030, which will build off its predecessor Strategy 2020 and will start to be fully implemented in 2021. Focus remains on crises, health, values, inclusion and peaceful communities. People are placed at the centre of the strategy and in line with the IFRC’s mission, particularly those people who are experiencing vulnerability and marginalisation.

Regional plan for IFRC in MENA region brings IFRC’s global plan closer and more adapted to the needs of the people in the region.

“Every day, we are experiencing deteriorating humanitarian situation on a scale that we have not seen before. That is why now more than ever, we must remain relevant to people’s needs, and that means we must be there all the time – before a crisis, during a crisis and after the crisis”, Sayed Hashem said.