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Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) Programme Update 7 Jul 2005

Situation Report
Originally published


The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.
In Brief

Appeal No.05AA084; Programme Update no. 1, Period covered: January to June 2005; Appeal target: CHF 4,000,000; Appeal coverage: 70.2% (click here to go directly to the attached Contributions List (also available on the website).

Programme summary: as of 28 June 2005, the balance of DREF is 8,016,748. A total of 47 allocations have been made to various emergencies, for a total of CHF 3,918,183. The allocations target a variety of natural disasters or civil disturbances, and they range from CHF 11,000 to CHF 300,000. CHF 465,000 of these allocations for emergency appeals has been reimbursed to the fund so far. Direct contributions to the DREF Appeal are 2,610,705, a coverage of 65.3%. The Federation will continue to use the fund as extensively as needs require, and will ensure regular refunds when emergency appeals are launched, and as the level of un-earmarked funds allows.

This Programme Update reflects activities to be implemented over a one-year period. This forms part of, and is based on, longer-term, multi-year planning. All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, or for a full description of the national society profile, please access the Federation's website at


The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) was established in 1985 and has since been growing in terms of both size and utilization. One of the four core areas of the International Federation's Strategy 2010 is that of international disaster response. The Fund is one of the Federation's main, and essential, disaster response tools. It aims to provide national societies and delegations with the initial funds to help provide immediate assistance to alleviate the suffering of disaster affected communities in the cases of rapid, slow onset and forgotten disasters.

Goal: The goal of the DREF is to provide immediate funding in response to major and minor disasters and preparedness activities thereby enabling the Federation and national societies to react rapidly, effectively and efficiently.

Objective: To make the DREF a secured line of funding for new emergencies of all sizes as well as a source of funding for disaster preparedness.

For further information specifically related to this programme, please contact: In Geneva, Operations Support Department, Linda Stops, phone: +41 22 730 4300, email

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