The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the largest humanitarian organization in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The DPRK Red Cross Society (DPRK RCS), with support from IFRC, is deeply committed to strengthening its programme based on a strong emphasis on long-term development, to be able to respond and address the needs of the most vulnerable communities. In 2013 the DPRK RCS with both financial and technical support from its partners was able to reach 8.89 million people through its various programmes (disaster management, health and care, and water and sanitation), contributing significantly to improving livelihoods and quality of life of the most vulnerable communities. A total of CHF 6.7 million was mobilised with 73 per cent expenditure for the year 2013 (see financial report).
The main operations of DPRK RCS supported by IFRC are under two business lines of IFRC’s long term planning framework (LTPF) 2012-2015: Business line 2 - emergency response; and Business line 3 - strengthening the Red Cross contribution for development. Partnership and coordination interventions are under Business line 5. The main operations are: 1) disaster management (DM), 2) health and care (health) and 3) water and sanitation (watsan) with the supportive function of organizational development (OD).