IFRC - International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies – Core Contribution

Project completed

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Material relief assistance
01.01.2015 - 31.12.2015
CHF 2'000'000
Area of responsibility

The role of the IFRC Secretariat in Geneva is to coordinate and mobilize relief assistance for international emergencies, promote cooperation between National Societies and represent these National Societies in the international field. IFRC, together with National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, make up the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (RCRC Movement).

Switzerland's and the organisation's strategic priorities and their coherence

The Federation's work focuses on four core areas, out of which the first three are also key SDC priorities:

  • promoting humanitarian values;
  • disaster response;
  • disaster preparedness;

health and community care.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   2'000'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   2'000'000
Switzerland's ranking in the DonorOrder

  • 2009: 11
  • 2010: 12
  • 2011: 10
  • 2012: 11
  • 2013: 9
  • 2014: 9


Potentially the signatory States of the Geneva Conventions (196, including Switzerland).

Coordination with other projects and actors

Switzerland is contributing financially and strategically to the work of the other members of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement; the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Swiss National Red Cross Society. Switzerland is also contributing strongly to the International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, which is the movement’s highest body of governance.

Project phases Phase 17 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017   (Completed)

Phase 15 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2015   (Completed)

Main tasks of the IFRC

The main strength of the IFRC is in its unique network of national societies covering nearly the whole world. The IFRC mission includes improving the living conditions of vulnerable groups whose very survival is threatened. This often includes refugees and victims of natural catastrophes, of poverty leading to socio-economic crises and of health crises.

The IFRC coordinates aid operations of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement at times of natural catastrophes. Ancillary to these operations it is involved in development activities to strengthen the capacities of national societies. Its work follows four essential lines: the promotion of humanitarian values, action during disasters, disaster preparedness, health and assistance to people at the community level.

The IFRC and Switzerland

As part of its humanitarian aid, Switzerland has been making a financial contribution to the IFRC Secretariat in Geneva for a number of years.  In 2016 this core contribution amounted to CHF 3.0 million.

Switzerland also provides the IFRC with funding through the SDC’s Humanitarian Aid. These funds are used for operational activities: either long-term programmes to build local and regional capcities (e.g. disaster response capabilities) or relief efforts after a disaster has occured and calls for assistance have been made. A part of this financial aid goes through the Swiss Red Cross, whose president is one of the vice-presidents of the IFRC.