Programme purpose: To increase the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) capacity to assist national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to reduce the number of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters through the provision of timely and adequate financial support for disaster response from the DREF.
The DREF made a total of 108 allocations in 2009 to support National Society response to 96 different disasters, disbursing a total of 17,469,048 Swiss francs. Through these operations 63 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies brought assistance to over 20 million people. Eleven million of these people benefited from emergency vaccination campaigns.
Seventy-one per cent of the allocations for a total of 12,457,345 Swiss francs, were made as grants to cover all the costs of small-scale response operations referred to as DREF operations. The balance of 5,011,703 Swiss francs was allocated as loans of start-up funding for large-scale operations for which an emergency appeal was launched. Sixty-three per cent of these loans had been reimbursed to the fund at 31 December 2009. While the total amount of allocations was 6 per cent under forecast, the amount made in grants was 29 per cent over the forecasted amount. Fewer emergency appeals than usual were launched by the IFRC in 2009, which explains the smaller amount of allocations made as loans.