Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF)
The Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is the quickest, most efficient and most transparent way of getting funding directly to local humanitarian actors—both before and immediately after a crisis hits.
Every year, small and medium-sized disasters occur in silence. Without media attention or international visibility, they can struggle to attract funding—putting affected communities at risk of being completely neglected.
To support these smaller disasters, or to provide initial funding before launching an Emergency Appeal, we rapidly channel funding to Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies through the DREF—enabling them to deliver fast and effective local humanitarian action.
How does it work?
The DREF is a central pot of money through which we can release funds rapidly to National Societies for early action and immediate disaster response.
How is it funded?
The IFRC runs an annual DREF appeal to maintain the balance of funds required to meet National Society demand.
DREF Pledging Conference: 18 October 2021
Disasters are occurring with increasing frequency and severity, but most remain unseen—devastating lives, infrastructure and economies without attention, resources or help. Now more than ever, at-risk communities need fast and effective local assistance to prepare for and respond to these hidden emergencies on the front-line of climate change.
There’s no better way to swiftly channel global funding directly to local responders than the DREF. That's why, in October 2021, we held a pledging conference for international donors which sought to scale up the fund to CHF 100 million per year as of 2022. You can read more about the DREF Pledging Conference 2021 here.
Guidelines for National Societies
Further DREF guidance and support for National Societies
We want to make sure that each of our 192 National Societies knows how to request, has the capacity to process and knows how to report on DREF funding. We have therefore developed an introduction to DREF eLearning course.
We are also developing a range of practical DREF tools and resources to promote a culture of operational learning across our global network. If you are from a National Society and would like to access these resources, please contact Marco Vargas (Delegate, DREF Capacity Strengthening).
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DREF Mid-year Report 2021
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DREF Brochure 2021
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DREF Strategic Ambition 2021-2025
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DREF Annual Plan 2021