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Red Cross Red Crescent Magazine: Bright Ideas, Local Solutions - Issue 1, 2016



Cover story

Bright ideas, local solutions

As humanitarians explore new technologies and innovation, how do they make sure these developments empower the people who need them most? A pilot project in two informal settlements in Kenya and South Africa offers some answers.

Phones, drones and beyond

Humanitarian innovation comes in many shapes and sizes but it’s not only about new gadgets and gizmos. Explore a sampling of humanitarian innovations, from 3D printing to novel approaches to fund-raising and partnership.

32nd International Conference

Movement meeting tackles mounting crises

As the world faces mounting humanitarian crises, government representatives from 169 countries met with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the IFRC and the ICRC in Geneva, Switzerland in December 2015 to explore the best ways to reduce risk and enhance protection for vulnerable people.


A human touch in the face of Ebola

In many of the photographs taken by Victor Lacken during the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in 2014 and 2015, the faces of his subjects are obscured by masks and goggles, their bodies covered head-to-toe in protective gear. His photographs, however, still capture the humanity of the person within.

Technological disasters

Preparing for the worst

Technological disasters present great challenges for local first responders. Five years after the Fukushima nuclear accident, the Japanese Red Cross Society is at the forefront of Movement efforts to be ready for the specific dangers of man-made disasters. Meanwhile, 30 years after Chernobyl, the Movement’s preparations for such events are expanding.

Local action in times of upheaval

Helping hands

Civil unrest or conflict poses some of the greatest challenges for local humanitarian organizations. Often unprepared for the scale of needs, and the depth of divisions caused by conflict, they must expand rapidly under great pressure. The experience of the Ukrainian Red Cross Society offers insights.

National Societies

At the crossroads of crisis

People travelling to Turkey in May 2016 for the World Humanitarian Summit will have an unique chance to get to know the Turkish Red Crescent Society, which draws on a rich history and a spirit of innovation as it faces one of its greatest humanitarian challenges.


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