Has the IFRC achieved gender parity? Which National Society produces the highest quality of data? Who are the people behind the data? The 2019 edition of the Everyone Counts report explores the potential of data to tell stories about National Societies in a new and different way than anything that has been done before. The 2019’s edition focuses on themes of diversity and inclusion, and this report represents some of our work in analyzing how it is practiced in National Societies and at the Secretariat itself.

Our most recent round of data collection was the first that asked National Societies to report whether they collect disability-disaggregated data on staff, volunteers, and people reached by their programmes. Successes and challenges encountered by the more than 40 National Societies that collect this data are presented in chapter 4 of this report. We also discuss the importance of collecting disability-disaggregated data within the context of humanitarian operations to ensure that we are reaching the most vulnerable members of the communities in which we operate.

How are women represented at different levels of governance? In National Societies? In programmes? We explore these questions in chapter 5 and attempt to demonstrate how far the Federation network has come – and how far we must go – when it comes to gender inclusion. Rather than trying to avoid contentious discourse, this chapter lays bare the reality of gender representation in the Secretariat and National Societies with the intention of advancing the discussion around gender and gender parity.

Data is most informative when we draw it out from the screen and into the real world. Using the innovative SenseMaker research tool that captures stories from individuals in the communities we serve allows us to bring the data to life in ways that would otherwise not be possible. We traveled to Cambodia to examine the context behind the numbers, and to see how community-based health programmes implemented by the Cambodian Red Cross Society were transforming their host communities. These stories were told by the people we are committed to serving, and it brings our data narratives full circle by reminding us that the human impact is our ultimate goal.

Throughout this report, we have included ‘Dangerous Interpretations’ to encourage readers to engage critically with the data and to hopefully provide some new insights into how our readers view the work of National Societies. We consider it to be of the utmost importance that our community of readers are actively engaged with the data and can use it to generate their own ideas. Check out the Everyone Counts report, the FDRS website or this link to download the complete database.

 

From all of us on the FDRS team, we wish you happy reading!