National Society Investment Alliance

The National Society Investment Alliance (NSIA) is a pooled funding mechanism, run jointly by the IFRC and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). It provides flexible, multi-year funding to support the long-term development of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

The NSIA is a simple, cost-effective and accountable way of funding Red Cross and Red Crescent Society development. It helps them reach their full potential and fulfil their role as effective, principled and sustainable local humanitarian actors.

The NSIA is jointly managed by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). It is an important part of turning our commitment to localization into action.

There are two types of funding available, aimed particularly at National Societies working in situations of increased humanitarian need or risk:

  1. The NSIA Accelerator: up to CHF 1 million for long-term organizational development and sustainability. Delivered as part of a three-to-five-year plan and reviewed annually.
  2. Bridge awards: up to CHF 50,000 for one year. Aimed at preparing National Societies for the NSIA Accelerator or other investment.

You can read the latest funding announcement from the NSIA here.

More information

How does the NSIA work?

The Investment Alliance is managed by a Fund Manager who works closely with staff from the IFRC, ICRC and National Societies.

Information for donors

Investing in National Society development is investing in effective local humanitarian action.

Information for National Societies

Guidelines for National Societies on why, how and when to apply for NSIA funding.

Key documents


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NSIA Annual Report 2020

16/07/2021 | pdf (4.57 MB)

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National Society Investment Alliance Learning Guide

19/10/2021 | pdf (340.09 KB)

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