Annual Report 2020

The year 2020 will be remembered as unparalleled in recent history. Protecting lives, reducing vulnerability and recovering from crises—the importance of local organizations like the IFRC’s 192 member National Societies is greater than ever.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic had an effect on nearly every person on the planet and over 1.7 million people lost their lives. Uncertainty reigned and poverty rose for the first time in 20 years, with millions of people experiencing increased vulnerability. All the while, other crises continued to impact vulnerable communities around the world.

The IFRC network came together as never before to face this crisis. Each National Society responded to their domestic needs, while coming together in a global approach to ensure new levels of information sharing, support and learning.

The IFRC was there to support their work in nearly every country of the world and their development as strong local organizations.