Skopje Region Early Recovery and Resilience Project

Contract partner: ÖRK - Österreichisches Rotes KreuzCountry: Mazedonien Funding amount: € 500.000,00Project start: 12.08.2016End: 12.08.2017

Short Description:

Overall goal

The overall goal of the project is to contribute to the improvement of living conditions of flood-affected families in Macedonia, and to increase resilience of flood-affected communities. The Austrian Red Cross with its partner, the Macedonian RC (MacRC) aims to enable families, schools and responders to better cope with recent and future floods.

Expected results

The project aims to reach the following results:

• 320 most vulnerable families can cover urgent shelter and livelihood needs

• 2.000 school children and 150 teachers in 6 targeted schools in Gazi Baba municipality have increased their resilience by strengthening disaster preparedness

• MacRC staff and volunteers are able to better respond to floods and other natural disasters through strengthening their capacities


Target group / Beneficiaries

The targeted municipality is Gazi Baba situated in the outskirts of Skopje, which has been most affected by the floods. 3.334 persons are supported directly through the project. The project will provide additional funds targeted to the most vulnerable families complementing the Governmental Solidarity Funds and the IFRC DREF intervention.


Specific measures include

• 320 most vulnerable households (1.184 persons) receive cash grants (of 1,000 EUR) in two tranches to cover shelter and livelihood needs. In addition, 600 school-aged children from most affected households will receive school supplies (worth 30 EUR).

• 2.000 school children and 150 teachers will receive disaster preparedness training (e.g. development of family emergency plan, practical simulation exercises, First Aid), and engage in resilience-building activities, including psychosocial support.

• Preparedness and response capacities of MacRC staff and volunteers is strengthened (e.g. flood rescue training, cash transfer training)



On 6th August 2016, heavy rains caused flash floods in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the region of Skopje and Tetovo. In some villages up to 100 per cent of the houses are affected, leaving wide spread damage / destruction of buildings, furniture, appliances, personal belongings, and public infrastructure (including schools). The majority of people affected have been able to move back into their houses; however vulnerable households have significant needs to improve their living conditions. Reviews of the current response also indicate insufficient disaster preparedness of stakeholders and the population as well as a lack of trained human resources and response equipment, resulting in insufficient coping capacities.

project number2754-00/2016
source of fundingAKF
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
modalityProject-type interventions
marker Poverty: 1
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