The Red Cross Red Crescent reference centres are delegated functions of the IFRC and hosted in various Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies. Their primary function as 'centres of excellence' are to develop strategically important knowledge and best practice that will inform the future operations of the IFRC and National Societies in their key areas of interest and influence.
The Red Cross Red Crescent reference centres are:
- Red Cross Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Reference Centre, Barbados
- Climate Center, Netherlands
- Disaster Preparedness Reference Center, El Salvador
- IFRC Global First Aid Reference Centre – coming soon
- Centre for Evidence-Based Practice (CEBaP) of the Belgian Red Cross-Flanders, Belgium
- Global Disaster Preparedness Centre
- Livelihoods Centre, Spain
- Psychosocial Support Centre, Denmark
- Reference Centre for Community Education on Disaster Preparedness, Costa Rica
- Reference Centre on Volunteering, Spanish and British Red Cross
- Shelter Technical Unit, Benelux
- Training Centre, Haiti – coming soon
The reference centres will lead on the development and distribution of strategically important knowledge and best practice throughout the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and beyond, in wider relevant contexts.
As with all other Learning Network resources, the reference centres are built on the founding principles, practice and thinking of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and of their host Red Cross or Red Crescent National Society.
We invite all people within the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and beyond to study research, and learn from and reflect on the work of the various reference centres.
Please do not hesitate to contact any of the reference centres directly to discuss any aspect of the above and/or how the centres can support you and your National Society.