With the support of our partners and donors, together we can grow and maintain strong National Societies and a robust Movement that continues to support the world’s most vulnerable people now and in the future.

How can partners help?

For the Investment Alliance to achieve results, it will require new, flexible and predictable funding. It is important that contributions to the Investment Alliance constitute new funding to ICRC, IFRC and National Societies and does not compromise existing donor and partner support to the Movement’s work in this area.

What level of funding is needed?

The Investment Alliance aspires to grow significantly to match the demand for sustainable investment in local capacity. The first funding round will be kept to a modest scale to facilitate learning and to optimise the functioning of the Investment Alliance. An initial 3 million Swiss francs is sought for the first round, allowing for the allocation of a small number of awards in each grant type.

Acknowledging higher initial start-up costs, the IFRC and the ICRC will ensure that management costs are kept to an acceptable level.

What is the applicant profile and eligibility criteria?

Priority is given to National Societies operating in medium, high and very high-risk contexts and those where the leadership has the ambition to undertake change to take their organizations to new levels of performance and humanitarian impact.

Strict eligibility and selection criteria apply. Support will only be available to National Societies demonstrating strong commitment to the Fundamental Principles and operating with a high level of integrity.

Accelerator Funding criteria include:

  • Demonstration of a proven humanitarian or development need where the Alliance can add value
  • Country risk environment level
  • National Society leadership that is clear about the change it seeks and is strongly committed to reform
  • National Society able to demonstrate:
    • a sound evidence-based analysis of the organisation and its context
    • relevant financial information and financial management capacity
    • a viable and realistic development and investment plan with a clear link to humanitarian impact
  • Capacity to implement the changes proposed, or plans to develop such capacity
  • National Societies able to show how the impact of any investments will be sustained and with clearly defined measures of success.

Those National Societies needing to do some internal work before being ready to meet these criteria may be able to apply for a Bridge grant to prepare an organizational development plan and prepare the organization for future investment from the Investment Alliance or other sources of funding.

This first round 2018-2019 is a pilot for the Investment Alliance, with testing and learning in order to adapt and improve future rounds. The Investment Alliance aspires to grow significantly over the next years to meet the demands for funding.

For more information on eligibility and application requirements refer to the Application Guidelines.

What is the grant size available to National Societies?

The size of investment grants will vary, from the Bridge grants of up to 50,000 Swiss francs for up to 12 months, to a maximum of 1 million Swiss francs of Accelerator funding to any one National Society given on an annual basis for up to five years.

It is anticipated that National Societies will discuss their proposals with their domestic and international partners and look at how current and future support can be coordinated and aligned in support of their development plans.

The two main funding streams are:

  1. the multi-year Accelerator funding for long term development
    • 3-5 year investment plans developed by National Societies
    • for organizational development and improving sustainability
    • funding for up to five years (reviewed annually)
    • maximum of 1 million Swiss francs over five years.
  2. the smaller Bridge grants to support National Societies in preparing for future investment
    • support to develop a credible, evidence based, investment plan
    • increase readiness to apply for Accelerator or other sources of funding
    • maximum 50,000 Swiss francs for up to 12 months.

What are the expected outcomes and impact?

Investment and support to National Societies is expected to lead to:

  • enhanced and sustainable capacity for rapid and effective delivery of relevant humanitarian services at national and local levels
  • greater humanitarian impact and resilience at the community level
  • increased institutional learning and knowledge-sharing and better coordination of National Society development among Movement components and the wider humanitarian sector.

How does the Investment Alliance report to donors?

The Fund will provide a regular biannual report to donors for each funding round. The report will cover the overall portfolio; key results, achievements and impact; risk management; lessons learned and a full financial report.

Financing rules apply

The Investment Alliance operates in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards, in a manner which is transparent and with clearly defined accountabilities. Specific financing rules cover the use of the funds, eligible expenses and financial capacity review and risk assessment requirements prior to investment. These rules align with IFRC and the ICRC requirements, ensuring proper management of funds from both financial and risk management perspectives. The Investment Alliance has the right to perform or commission an audit or financial review of the investments.

A more detailed summary of the Investment Alliance is provided here

The Guidelines for applicants to the Investment Alliance are provide here

For more information contact:

Kim Scriven
Fund Manager, National Society Investment Alliance
Office of the National Society Investment Alliance
c/o International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Email: NSIA.Office@IFRC.org

Ivana Mrdja
Manager a.i., Partnerships and Resource Development
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Tel: +41 22 730 4623

Elyse Mosquini
Deputy Head, Resource Mobilization Division
International Committee of the Red Cross
Tel.: + 41 22 730 3381