The Red Cross Red Crescent reference centres are delegated functions of the IFRC and hosted in various Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies. Their primary functions as “centres of excellence” are to develop strategically important knowledge and best practice that will inform the future operations of the IFRC and National Societies in their key areas of interest and influence.
Reference centres (in some cases known as Resource Centres) are centres of expertise in defined technical or thematic areas. Reference Centres build and contribute knowledge and provide services to the Red Cross Red Crescent network, either globally or in a particular geographic region. Reference Centres are created in different ways. In some cases, they are created in partnership with the IFRC, and are referred to as IFRC Reference Centres. In other cases, one or more National Societies come together to create a National Society Reference Centre or other networks.
- Reference Centre for Institutional Disaster Preparedness (CREPD)
- Regional Reference Centre for Medical Emergencies and Pre-hospital Care (CREMYAP)
- Asia Pacific Disaster Resilience Centre (APDRC)
- Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Reference Centre-CADRIM
- Interamerican Centre for Volunteering Development (ICVD)
Information sharing, capacity building, and training
Development and adaptation of tools and methodologies.
Technical exchange, assistance and support.