2014 was a challenging year for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and for the wider humanitarian community. In Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, the year ended as it started with millions of people displaced and affected by conflicts that show no sign of coming to an end. In each of these three crises, the effects have spread well beyond national borders, impacting surrounding countries and placing huge strain on already stretched social services.
These situations challenge us to work more effectively as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, to find new ways of coordinating better as the old lines between “conflict”, “disaster” and “development” are blurred. They force us to reflect on and adapt our approach to humanitarian response. When people have been displaced for months, or even years, they need more than short-term aid. They need support to rebuild their lives, to find employment and education opportunities, and to recover their dignity.
Publication date: 01/09/2015
Document status: Final