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 function 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.

IFRC Climate Centre

The Climate Centre was established in 2002 by the Netherlands Red Cross and the IFRC, and is hosted by the Netherlands Red Cross in The Hague, as a “Public Benefit Organization” under Dutch law.

Global Disaster Preparedness Center

The American Red Cross and the International Federation Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have established the Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC) as a reference centre to support innovation and learning in disaster preparedness.

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The reference centres will lead on the development and distribution of strategically important knowledge and best practice throughout the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and beyond, in wider relevant contexts.

As with all other Learning Network resources, the reference centres are built on the founding principles, practice and thinking of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and of their host Red Cross or Red Crescent National Society.

We invite all people within the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and beyond to study research, and learn from and reflect on the work of the various reference centres.

Please do not hesitate to contact any of the reference centres directly to discuss any aspect of the above and/or how the centres can support you and your National Society.