Remember the promises we made in Florence back in 2014?

When we signed up to the Florence Call for Action, we committed to bring novel ideas and new approaches to the three main areas of our work: Migration, Social Aspects and Volunteering.

In the past four years, Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies all over Europe and Central Asia have been working hard to reach the goals that we had set for ourselves. In the lead up to the 10th European Regional Conference in Almaty, the Implementation Support Group (ISG) collected feedback on the activities, and created this platform to report results and celebrate achievements.

37 National Societies submitted their feedback through the Act Differently Sheet on the new approaches they have been taking in each of the three areas. Scroll down to read nine case studies of best practice, check out country-by-country feedback on the map, or download aggregated feedback in the three thematic areas.

We believe that this is a great platform to look for new ideas and learn from the experience of others. Don’t hesitate to contact your peers in other countries who have been facing similar challenges – probably they already have the answers to your questions.

As members of the ISG, we would like to thank everyone who provided support and input to the follow up of the Florence Call for Action.

The Florence Call for Action

Set of commitments made by the 54 National Societies in the Europe Region to find new solutions to the long-term humanitarian impact of the economic crisis in Europe. The promises were made at the end of the 9th European Regional Conference, Florence, Italy (3-6 June 2014) and were captured in the Florence Call for Action document.  For more details download the posters and the 2-page flyers available on this site.

Common fields of activity

The infographics show the areas that most National Societies mentioned in their feedback – the numbers in brackets signify the National Societies active in that specific area. (Click to enlarge image.)

Case studies

We have selected nine projects that are innovative or special in some way, and may serve as an example for others.

Train of Humanity targeting health of labourers rolls across Central Asia

Train of Humanity targeting health of labourers rolls across Central Asia

For 20 years, more than a million Tajik families have been relying on income from loved ones who head to Russian and Kazakhstan for seasonal work.

Domestic abuse survivors find solace and support at the Red Cross

Domestic abuse survivors find solace and support at the Red Cross

Survivors of domestic violence are being offered support to share experiences, rebuild confidence and access their rights by the Daphne initiative.

Displaced youth create their own community space in Georgia

Displaced youth create their own community space in Georgia

A youth community centre in Gori, established by the Georgia Red Cross, was designed and is being run by the people who actually use it.

Domestic abuse survivors find solace and support in Hungary

Cash card brings lifeline to Syrian families in Turkey

More than half million asylum seekers and refugees have received ‘Kizilaykart’, a pre-loaded cash card from the Turkish Red Crescent.

Domestic abuse survivors find solace and support in Hungary

Montenegro Red Cross clubs reconnect generations

The intergenerational centre brings together young and older members of the community – for instance, primary school students and members of the Association of Veterans for a chess championship.

Young people initiate social projects with support of Austrian Red Cross

Young people initiate social projects with support of Austrian Red Cross

Whether it’s a charity run for orphans or an art club for refugees, teenagers all over Austria are encouraged to set their ideas in motion for the sake of other people.

From words to understanding: a solidarity campaign by the Italian Red Cross

From words to understanding: a solidarity campaign in Italian

Migration, reception and asylum are among the most frequently used words today in the media and public debates. But are people sure what these terms really mean?

Volunteers promote blood donation in Kazakhstan with innovative ideas

Volunteers promote blood donation with innovative ideas

Blood collection is a constant challenge when it comes to getting the engagement of young people. Kazakhstan Red Crescent is striving to buck the trend and motivate a new generation of donors.

National Society feedback

On the map below, you can find the feedback that respective National Societies provided in the Act Differently Sheet. For compiled thematic feedback on Migration, Social Aspects and Volunteering, click on the Responses button.

Project history

 

Videos

Posters

Concept papers

Florence Call for Action: Download

2015 Newsletter: Download