IFRC’s “valuable and unique” humanitarian role recognised in renewed partnership with UK

Published: 4 November 2011

04 November 2011 – Geneva:   As a continuation of the long-standing partnership between the UK’s Department of Overseas Development (DfID) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the UK Government has approved a new four-year funding package for the IFRC.

Under the new funding agreement, the IFRC will receive a total of £28 million from DfID over the next four years (2011 -2014.) A total of £6 million will be provided by DfID for Year 1 and Year 2 and a further £8 million for Year 3 and Year 4 depending on the results of a mid-term review.

The announcement of the UK’s renewed support for the IFRC’s  humanitarian work comes after a Multi-lateral Aid Review (MAR),  a scrutiny process commissioned by DfiD, which aims to ensure maximum value for the UK Government’s  contribution to international organisations such as the IFRC.   The MAR process concluded that the IFRC continues to provide “value for money” and plays a “unique role in addressing humanitarian challenges and responsibilities around the globe.”  
The IFRC’s involvement in Disaster Risk Reduction (DDR) and emergency response was highlighted by DfID as a particular area of excellence and contributed to the decision to uplift the multi-year, un-earmarked funding to the IFRC.  The important role and contribution of the British Red Cross Society (BRCS) was also recognized in the review.  IFRC Secretary-General Bekele Geleta welcomed the announcement saying “Over the past 12 years the IFRC has cultivated a very strong and fruitful partnership with DfID and this new funding package is representive of that. Our shared commitment to addressing the root causes of poverty and vulnerability will continue to underpin our collaborative humanitarian work.”

About the IFRC

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network, reaching 150 mil¬lion people each year through its 186 member National Societies. Together, the IFRC acts before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. It does so with impartiality as to nationality, race, gender, religious beliefs, class and political opinions. For more information, please visit www.ifrc.org. You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

For further information please contact

• Ms Tiziana Bonzon:  IFRC Planning and Grant Manager, Programme Services division
Tel. +41 (0)22 730 4447