IFRC’s Disaster Response Emergency Fund (IFRC-DREF)

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Disaster Response Emergency Fund (IFRC-DREF) is an efficient, fast, transparent, and localized way of getting funding directly to local humanitarian actors – both before and after crisis hits. 

About IFRC-DREF

IFRC-DREF is one of the oldest humanitarian pooled funds for emergency response to small and medium disasters.

Originally designed to address small and medium-sized disasters, the fund has evolved to include anticipatory action. This approach of acting before a disaster allows us to respond even more effectively to different crises saves more lives and livelihoods, minimizes impact, and alleviates suffering. 

Additionally, the introduction of IFRC-DREF Insurance has further strengthened the fund. This insurance mechanism allows access to additional financial resources ensuring the fund remains solvent and effective even during periods of extraordinary need. This evolution of the fund exemplifies our dedication to providing timely and effective assistance, reinforcing the IFRC’s mission to alleviate human suffering.

IFRC-DREF in detail

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How does it work?

IFRC-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?

IFRC-DREF functions as a pooled fund, supported by various donors, which facilitates rapid funding decisions closely aligned with humanitarian needs. 

One Fund, Two Pillars

IFRC-DREF is unique in offering both anticipatory action and disaster response in a single fund.

IFRC-DREF Insurance

The IFRC in partnership with Aon and the Centre for Disaster Protection has pioneered a groundbreaking approach: an innovative insurance policy tailored to protect the IFRC-DREF by supplying a financial backstop when needed. 

Guidance and support

We want to make sure that each of our 191 National Societies knows how to request, has the capacity to process and knows how to report on IFRC-DREF funding.

Stories from the field

Stay updated with the latest updates and field stories from IFRC-DREF. We offer various channels to keep you informed and connected. Make sure you’re following us to catch every update!

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IFRC-DREF Pledging Conference 2023

The 2023 IFRC-DREF Pledging Conference drew 70 participants representing 35 governments and the private sector.

The 2023 IFRC-DREF Pledging Conference drew 70 participants representing 35 governments and the private sector.

Photo: IFRC

IFRC-DREF raises CHF 64 million at 2023 Pledging Conference, setting new record  

Leading donors from around the world gathered at the IFRC secretariate in Geneva, Switzerland on 17 November to pledge new or renewed funding to the IFRC's Disaster Response Emergency Fund, moving the fund a significant step closer to its strategic  ambition of growing IFRC-DREF to CHF 100 million by 2025.  

Collectively, global cross-sector partners including governments and private-sector companies pledged over CHF 64 million in support of IFRC-DREF for 2023, beating last year’s total and previous record of CHF 43 million. 

Please click here to see a video recording of the entire conference live stream

Click here to read a news article detailing the accomplishments of the 2023 IFRC-DREF Pledging Conference.

 

Guidance and support for National Societies

Fiji Red Cross and IFRC teams in Fiji assemble to assess damage caused by Cyclone Yasa in December 2020

Fiji Red Cross and IFRC teams in Fiji assemble to assess damage caused by Cyclone Yasa in December 2020

Photo: IFRC/Ponipate

We want to make sure that each of our 191 National Societies knows how to request, has the capacity to process and knows how to report on DREF funding. We have therefore developed specific DREF guidelines for National Societies, as well as an introduction to DREF eLearning course available in English, French, Arabic and Spanish.

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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IFRC-DREF donors and council

The IFRC-DREF functions as a pooled fund, supported by various donors whose contributions are essential to our work. Learn more about our IFRC-DREF donors.