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19 Sep 2018 description

Catherine-Lune Grayson

The world is rapidly urbanizing and so is internal displacement. Yet we—humanitarians—often fail to properly understand how displaced people cope in such settings and how to better support them. In light of this, we embarked on a study over the last year to reflect on how we can improve humanitarian responses in urban environments.[1]

19 Sep 2018 description

Internal displacement is at an unprecedented global peak.

The number of people forcibly displaced within their own countries by armed conflict and other situations of violence has steadily risen in this century – resulting in more than 40 million internally displaced throughout the world in 2016.

17 Sep 2018 description


In August, 52,637 eligible refugees and asylum-seekers (25,006 households) received cash assistance in Greece, in 95 locations.

14 Sep 2018 description

Flexible, dependable funding is vital to the success of the work of the IFRC and our National Societies. To facilitate more flexible funding, the IFRC is moving towards a thematic funding model.

What is thematic funding?

Thematic funding for the IFRC consists of pooled funds to support the delivery of results in thematic areas, rather than specific programmes or projects. This provides the IFRC with the flexibility to direct the funds where they are needed, when they are needed.

14 Sep 2018 description

Experience from emergency operations of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC), show the importance of unearmarked funding.

14 Sep 2018 description

When emergencies strike, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies works to support its member National Societies to deliver lifesaving assistance to vulnerable communities and to help them recover.

National Societies are the lead actors in preparing for and responding to emergencies. During a disaster, the IFRC Secretariat provides technical support in relevant areas such as disaster risk reduction, shelter, livelihoods, health, WASH, social Inclusion, and a culture of non-violence and peace.

14 Sep 2018 description

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is made up of 190 National Societies, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The Movement is neutral and impartial and provides protection and assistance to people affected by disasters and conflicts.

14 Sep 2018 description

There are 190 Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies around the globe - independent, local humanitarian organizations serving the world’s most vulnerable communities through their network of 160,000 local branches and 11.5 million volunteers. Those individual National Societies come together to form the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

13 Sep 2018 description

**Discurso de apertura en el evento Violencia sexual contra migrantes: ha llegado la hora de pasar a la acción*

Gracias por darme la oportunidad de dirigirme a ustedes sobre el tema de violencia sexual y migración.

La violencia sexual es un delito aborrecible. De eso no caben dudas.

Algunos podrán considerarlo un resultado inevitable de la crueldad y el caos de la guerra, de la violencia y de la inestabilidad.

Pero no es inevitable; al contrario, nunca es accidental. Nadie viola a otra persona por accidente.

13 Sep 2018 description

By Paul Reavley

I’ve deployed numerous times during my career in the military, and on every deployment, I was faced with injured and sick children—the very first patient I ever treated in uniform was a Bosnian child in Kosovo. In fact, Save the Children’s War on Children report states that one in six children in the world live in, or near, a conflict zone and so are at daily risk of being killed or maimed. For those of us who happen to be military medics with a strong interest in paediatrics the report’s findings come as no surprise.

12 Sep 2018 description

Cash-based interventions are transforming the way humanitarian aid is being delivered. We have seen a dramatic increase in the use of cash globally by 40 per cent between 2015 and 2016 (State of the World’s Cash Report, 2018). At least 28 countries in Africa have had some experience with cash-based interventions through vouchers, direct cash and mobile money; reporting that it is a much more efficient, timely and dignified way to support communities.

11 Sep 2018 description

Opening address at the event on Sexual Violence Against Migrants: A Time for Action

Thank you for the opportunity to address you on the issue of sexual violence and migration.

Sexual violence is an appalling crime. This is not up for a debate.

Some may consider it to be an inevitable by-product of the cruelty and chaos of war, violence and instability.

But it is not inevitable, quite the contrary, it is never committed by accident. People do not rape by accident.

10 Sep 2018 description

Panama/Geneva, 10 September 2018 – The largest movement of people across the Americas in recent years is causing growing humanitarian needs across the region, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said today.

According to the United Nations, around 2.3 million people are believed to be on the move. The situation is especially increasing in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Uruguay, Peru, Argentina, Chile, and several countries in the Caribbean.

07 Sep 2018 description

Government representatives from 14 Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Island States, gathered in Pretoria, South Africa, from 04 to 07 September 2018 for the 18th Edition of the Annual Regional Seminar on the implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) co-hosted by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The seminar was held under the theme "Regional contributions to the implementation and development of IHL."

06 Sep 2018 description

2. Introducción

2.1. En su calidad de organización humanitaria y de conformidad con su mandato, la Federación Internacional de Sociedades de la Cruz Roja y de la Media Luna Roja (Federación Internacional) tiene la obligación de respetar y proteger a las personas vulnerables en situación de riesgo. La Federación Internacional, como componente del Movimiento Internacional de la Cruz Roja y de la Media Luna Roja (Movimiento), cuenta con una presencia mundial y local.

06 Sep 2018 description

2. Introduction

2.1. En tant qu’organisation humanitaire et conformément à son mandat, la Fédération internationale des Sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge (« Fédération internationale ») a l’obligation de respecter et de protéger les personnes vulnérables exposées à des risques. En tant que composante du Mouvement international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge, la Fédération internationale est présente aux niveaux mondial et local.

06 Sep 2018 description

Le droit islamique est le socle de l’islam et l’un des trois plus importants systèmes juridiques en vigueur aujourd’hui dans le monde.

05 Sep 2018 description

Internews and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to foster future collaborations that meet the information and communication needs of people affected by conflict and violence.

Accurate, relevant information is increasingly recognized as fundamental to saving lives in times of conflict. To be able to tackle this issue of common interest, Internews and the ICRC have signed an MoU that builds on several years of joint projects and initiatives.

05 Sep 2018 description

Genève – S'exprimant lors de l'ouverture de la 8ème Assemblée des États parties à la Convention de 2008 sur les armes à sous-munitions, le vice-président du Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR), Gilles Carbonnier, a exhorté la communauté internationale à continuer de renforcer la stigmatisation de ces armes inacceptables.