Investing in development: the Norwegian Red Cross signs a multi-year strategic agreement with the IFRC

Published: 18 November 2013 9:53 CET

By Linda Low, IFRC

Known the world-over as a disaster relief organization, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is also a leader in community development through the grassroots work of its 189 National Societies and 15 million volunteers. Today, the signing of a four-year Memorandum of Understanding between the IFRC and Norwegian Red Cross represents their commitment to support Red Cross Red Crescent development programmes, recognizing the important role that the IFRC plays in the global development agenda.

“This partnership is pioneering long-term contribution to development for the IFRC and our member National Societies,” says Bekele Geleta, Secretary General of the IFRC. “We are extremely grateful to the Norwegian Red Cross for this opportunity.”


The signing of the memorandum is the result of hard work over a one and a half year period. During this time, the IFRC and Norwegian Red Cross worked together to ensure that the memorandum provides a strong foundation for multi-year collaboration, which will reinforce the role and capacity of the IFRC and its member National Societies to achieve coordinated and effective action in development in areas such as organisational development, disaster management, logistics, disaster risk reduction and health.

“With this partnership, we solidify common areas of interest, and the Norwegian Red Cross is confident it will strengthen the participation of the IFRC and National Societies as a key player in the field of development,” says Sven Mollekleiv, President of the Norwegian Red Cross.

At the same time, both leaders emphasize that the traditional core of the IFRC mandate for disaster response will not be compromised. “We are a unique global humanitarian network,” Mollekleiv  says. “This is about leveraging the enormous potential of that network through partnership for the long-term.”

The Memorandum of Understanding is from the period of November 2013 – December 2016. It represents a total commitment of approximately 60 million Swiss francs. In 2012, the Norwegian Red Cross was the second top donor to the IFRC, providing 9 per cent of organization's  income.