What we do

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian and development network, with millions of volunteers in 187 member National Societies.

We are guided by Strategy 2020 – our collective plan of action to tackle the major humanitarian and development challenges of the present decade. We will continue  ‘saving lives and changing minds’ by focusing our work in three key areas: 1) disaster response and recovery, 2) development and 3) promoting social inclusion and peace.

Disaster response and recovery

  • Natural disasters have been increasing in number, scale and complexity. Our experience tells us that there is an urgent need to properly link humanitarian response to disaster preparedness and risk reduction, as this saves lives, is cost-effective and builds resilience.
  • We know that this approach makes a lasting difference, because it has been a cornerstone of our work for decades.
  • Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers live in the communities they serve, and are present before, during and after a crisis.
  • They are the first to respond when disaster strikes and have the greatest motivation in helping their community recover.
  • Volunteers know best how to comfort and support the affected people, because they are the affected people.

Development

  • We are active in health (including extensive HIV/AIDS programming), food security, water and sanitation.
  • We deliver programming addressing the humanitarian consequences of climate change, urbanization, violence and regular and irregular migration.
  • We work in close collaboration with communities to support their capacity building.

Promoting social inclusion and peace

  • We promote the practical application of the Fundamental Principles.
  • We support the integration of disadvantaged people into their communities.
  • Our volunteering and youth networks contribute to cross-generational dialogue, bridge divides between religions and cultures, and quietly challenge discrimination wherever it is encountered.
Development work

Development work

We are already well known for our vital relief work in disasters and crises, and we remain committed to be the world’s leading humanitarian actor.

Health

Health and social services

Health and care activities in the IFRC include first aid and emergency response as well as epidemic control, programmes in health promotion and prevention, addressing stigma, providing psychosocial care and enabling community empowerment.

Migration

Migration

Migrants make up three per cent of the global population, meaning approximately one in 35 people in the world is a migrant.

Risk reduction

Risk reduction

To reduce disaster risk, the IFRC has three main strategies: to strengthen the preparedness and capacities; to promote activities and actions; and to protect development projects.

Shelter

Shelter

The shelter activities of the IFRC focus on particularly vulnerbale people who have lost their homes or whose homes are seriously damaged.

Recovery

Recovery

Recovery refers to programmes which assist those who have suffered the full impact of a disaster to rebuild their homes, lives and services and to strengthen their capacity to cope with future disasters.

Capacity building

Building the capacities of National Societies

Guiding and supporting the development of its member National Societies is one of the IFRC's fundamental tasks.

Promoting principles and values

Promoting principles and values

In this section you can find contents related to Gender, Non-violence, Non-discrimination and Youth as Agents of Behavioural Change.

Disaster and crisis management

Disaster and crisis management

The world is changing fast, more people are becoming vulnerable to disasters or are forced to cope with acts of violence, financial crises and growing uncertainty, often without adequate support from their governments. With  new challenges to humanitarian coordination, concerns over standards and accountability, more capable states and National Societies exercising leadership over humanitarian...

Panama regional logistics unit dispatching cooking stoves, kitchen sets and hygiene kits to Turks and Caicos islands in support of people affected by a seasonal hurricane.

Humanitarian logistics

The basic task of humanitarian logistics is the acquisition and delivery of requested supplies and services, at the places and times they are needed, whilst ensuring best value for money.

Beneficiary communications

Beneficiary communications

Beneficiary communications and accountability is about giving people a voice and empowering them to participate in their own recovery.

Volunteers

Volunteers

Volunteers have been the backbone of our Movement since its birth in 1863. The Red Cross Red Crescent has currently more than 13 million active volunteers.

Youth

Welcome to the IFRC youth section

Young people are actively involved in the work of the Red Cross and Red Crescent at all levels.

Where we work

Where we work

Addresses and contact information for National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Latest appeals

21 November 2014
Ukraine - Civil Unrest (MDRUA007)
Ukraine - Operations Update No. 3
20 November 2014
Ghana - Cholera (MDRGH010)
Ghana - DREF Operation Update
19 November 2014
Venezuela - Civil Unrest (MDRVE002)
Venezuela - DREF Operation Final Report
19 November 2014
Saint Lucia - Floods (MDRLC002)
Saint Lucia - DREF Operation Final Report
19 November 2014
Africa - Ebola Coordination and preparedness (MDR60002)
Africa - Operations Update No. 10

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 189 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. About this site & copyright