What We Do

The Solferino Acdemy

The Solferino Academy is a think tank and ‘do’ tank – that undertakes horizon scanning, trends analysis and futures exploration to help the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement understand the future of vulnerability and risk and to develop strategies to enable change.

Innovative Finance

The global innovative finance team aims to unlock private capital and help further leverage public funding to mobilize various new sources of investment for public policy, social services and development goals, while at the same time realigning interests of various partners and creating new investment opportunities.

Local Innovation

The hype of technology has quieted initiatives driven by local people in local contexts. Therefore, we help Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies to surface their own local innovations and to find others in their communities and how to better support them.

Culture and capacity

Our single greatest asset is our people. In National Societies all around the world, we have talented individuals who are creative, entrepreneurial and who are trying innovative approaches in their work. We work closely with staff and volunteers sharing methods to foster a culture of experimentation within the network. 

Inspiring Stories

IFRC 2017, An Innovation Story

  1.   Thriving in a complex world The level of change unfolding in the world today is extraordinary. It is widely recognized that current humanitarian systems and processes are already stretched beyond capacity and will likely face additional stress in the years...

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A virtual visit to speculative artefacts from 2030.


IFRC 2017, an innovation story is an interactive report that explains what we were up to last year and some forecasts for 2018.


An online game played by 4000 youth volunteers.

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