Policies provide detailed direction for the International Federation's humanitarian action in specific areas. They serve as a point of reference to ensure consistency in decision-making worldwide. Policies define the boundaries for the conduct of the Federation and the people working within it. Policies are grouped within six categories.

All National Society and Federation staff, delegates and volunteers must be able to access, understand and implement these policies. It is equally important that the authorities, agencies and organizations with whom the National Societies and the Federation work on a daily basis or in time of crisis, are aware of the nature and content of these policies.

National Societies are increasingly involved in establishing and reviewing policies, which ensures that these policies are appropriate. This gives National Societies ownership of these policies and a will to implement them. In addition, National Societies can use Federation policies as a basis to develop their own, more detailed policies taking into account local needs, constraints and relationships. With a clear set of policies and a broad operational experience across the globe, Red Cross Red Crescent can increasingly be a credible advocate for changes that will improve the lives of vulnerable people.

Programmes and services

Emergency response

Youth & volunteers

Movement cooperation 

Humanitarian diplomacy

Institutional capacity

Human resources

Financial resources

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 190 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