Country portfolio developments
After exiting Sierra Leone and starting-up in Thailand along the border with Myanmar in 2012, no countries were added to War Child’s portfolio in 2013. Instead, focus was placed on growing within our existing country programmes. Due to budgetary constraints, the start-up of the Thailand/Myanmar border programme was suspended at the end of 2013. This decision doesn’t imply that working inside Myanmar in areas affected by internal conflict is off the agenda for the coming years.
In response to the Syria crisis, War Child used its presence in Lebanon to set-up an emergency response programme for Syrian refugees. We also applied for registration to be able to officially work inside Syria. At the same time, War Child Holland collaborated with and provided technical support on creative methodologies to War Child UK, who began implementing emergency response projects for Syrian refugees in Iraq and Jordan.
In Afghanistan, War Child UK and War Child Holland started to work towards one joint mission, thereby improving the efficiency and relevance of both organisations.
Due to increasing difficulties in accessing the regions where War Child supports local partner organisations in Sudan, the decision was made to downscale and close the country programme, which should be finalised in the first half of 2014.
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