IFRC General Assembly adopts two year, 1 billion Swiss franc plan and budget

Published: 6 December 2015

Geneva, 6 December 2015 – The General Assembly of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has adopted a new two year, 1 billion Swiss franc Plan and Budget as the organization seeks to expand its support to vulnerable communities around the world.

The budget reflects the increasing scale and complexity of humanitarian need, said IFRC Secretary General, Elhadj As Sy.

“The level of humanitarian need that exists in the world today is unprecedented,” said Mr Sy. “This plan sets out our ambition to support National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities.”

The IFRC plan and budget outlines the support the IFRC will provide to its members, as well as eight programmatic areas where this support will be focused and results measured.

“The current humanitarian challenges call for adaptable programming and flexible funding with a greater focus on strengthening local actors and ensuring full accountability and transparency,” said Mr Sy.

The plan places emphasis on interventions that strengthen communities by mitigating or preempting the risks and vulnerabilities that trigger humanitarian crises.

“We also need to focus on how to reduce needs,” said Mr. Sy. “We must support communities to be strong enough to take ownership of their lives and withstand the challenges they face, whatever those challenges might be.”

The global strength of the Red Cross and Red Crescent is in communities at the local level. With up to 17 million volunteers, it has a presence in more than 165,000 local branches in 190 countries – from the largest urban centres to the most remote villages. Every year, the IFRC and its member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies reach more than 110 million people with disaster response and early recovery activities, and nearly 161 million people with long term recovery and development programmes.


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