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The National Society Investment Alliance: Smart Investment for Local Impact

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Strengthen local action

The gap between global humanitarian needs and available resources is widening. ‘Business as usual’ is not an option; a new approach is required. Investing in local action and local capacity is a key part of the solution.

National Societies are auxiliaries to their public authorities in the humanitarian field, and their network of around 12 million active volunteers in 165,821 branches worldwide are members of the communities with whom they work. National Society volunteers are present in communities before, during and after any crisis or disaster. They walk the first and last mile in any emergency. National Societies work in the hardest to reach and complex settings in the world, saving lives, promoting dignity and helping communities cope with hardship.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (the Movement), through its 191 National Societies, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), has a unique ability to identify, support and help the most vulnerable people caught in or at risk of the effects of disasters and conflict.

Investment is needed

Many National Societies are strong and stable, but others are still a long way from reaching their potential. The range of needs among National Societies is diverse, and further investment and support are needed to ensure that they continue to develop as sustainable, independent humanitarian organizations, recognized and credible in their communities, and trusted partners for the delivery of principled and effective humanitarian action.

A new joint initiative: National Society Investment Alliance

To realize the Movement’s full potential, the ICRC and the IFRC have committed to work together to increase investment in National Societies. A joint investment fund, the National Society Investment Alliance (hereafter, the Investment Alliance), is being launched to invest in capacity strengthening and organizational development, and to provide finance, support, training and coaching.