International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies – Annual Report 2015
Global strategic partnerships
The IFRC supports National Societies in building their capacities to develop domestic fundraising portfolios. IFRC also coordinates global initiatives when the IFRC is best placed to do so, such as global digital campaigns for emergencies.
In 2015, in order to drive more strategic fund development, the IFRC began to move towards a thematic funding approach to resource development to enable access to better quality, multi-year and un-earmarked funding that enables predictable income to support programme planning and greater flexibility to allocate funds according to priority needs.
The IFRC is organizing its service delivery and therefore, its fund development plans, around eight thematic areas of focus as described in this report: disaster risk reduction; shelter; livelihoods; health; water, sanitation and hygiene; social inclusion; culture of non-violence and peace; and migration. The goal for this change process is to ensure that National Societies have a greater impact in supporting vulnerable communities. The IFRC strives to ensure that support from partners will leave National Societies stronger in the long-term, as effective, accountable local humanitarian organizations.
Additionally, the IFRC continued to build its well-established Donor Advisory Group (DAG) by welcoming the Netherlands Government and National Society to this group of partners. Current DAG members, who are governments and their associated National Society who have contributed more than 10 million Swiss francs for two consecutive years, include: Canada, Japan, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States. The European Union is also a member. The focus of the DAG is on the Red Cross and Red Crescent response to humanitarian and development challenges, investment in National Society capacity, and global policy issues.
Partners such as the Z Zurich Foundation, Mondelez, and the Medtronic Foundation provide both un-earmarked and long-term funding to the IFRC’s DREF. This gives the IFRC flexibility and predictability in our management of DREF, and allows our partners to communicate their support to any disaster or emergency that is supported by the fund.
Supporting capacity building
The IFRC provides both strategic and technical support in partnerships and resource mobilization to National Societies who are working to increase their capacity.
On behalf of National Societies and the ICRC, the IFRC coordinates input to the International Fundraising Leadership Forum Global Peer Review. Findings from a recent global benchmarking exercise enabled National Societies to gauge their performance, successes and areas for improvement or development against other major international non-governmental organizations. The analysis can help to encourage National Society leadership to invest in fundraising and can inform fundraising strategies.
The IFRC also supports a series of well-established fundraising regional networks such as the Asia Pacific Fundraisers’ Network, which admitted four new members in 2015 bringing the total to 30, and global networks such as the International Fundraising Skillshare. The 2015 Skillshare event attracted 217 delegates from 57 National Societies, the ICRC and the IFRC, making it the largest and most diverse to date. The IFRC also provides National Societies with guidance on strategic direction; financial support on key activities; building connections with stakeholders, and providing relevant information and resources.
Department for International Development (DFID)
Traditionally, the Department for International Development has funded IFRC, ICRC and British Red Cross individually. In 2015, DFID piloted the option of providing un-earmarked, core funding to the Movement via a Joint Business Case with these agencies. This was developed initially for the IFRC and ICRC with British Red Cross supporting the process by allocating a project coordinator to coordinate the work and communications between the three agencies and DFID. A key priority for DFID is to strengthen the IFRC secretariat. The focus of the new Joint Business Case includes accountability, value for money, and performance.
A partnership in resilience
The Switzerland-based Zurich Insurance Group and the IFRC, as part of the Zurich Floods Alliance, are engaging in a new model of partnership, which enhances community flood resilience at scale, making disaster risk reduction more effective, developing and promoting knowledge and expertise, and influencing policy makers and donors on disaster risk reduction policies.
Two of the country-level programmes supported by the partnership are in Indonesia and Mexico, each with a five-year, 5 million Swiss franc commitment to enhance community flood resilience in vulnerable areas. In Mexico, the programme is implemented in 21 communities in Tabasco. The first 11 communities were engaged in 2014, with ten additional communities reached in 2015. Through collaboration with local partners, micro-projects were developed and implemented with communities to mitigate flood impact. A total 34 micro-projects were launched in 11 communities in 2015. Furthermore, 64 community-based education courses reached approximately 2,000 community members in 2015.
In Indonesia, the programme is working across four provinces along three different river basins. In 2015, 19 commu- nities were added to the two pilot communities, and the programme is now active across Jakarta, Central Java, East Java and West Java. Mitigation plans were prepared for 11 communities, and activities are ongoing in three of them. An early warning and early action system is being developed in partnership with the Bandung Institute of Technology for the Ciliwung river basin. The early warning system will include a five-year rain forecast system, which will inform and enable communities, the National Society, and local authorities to better prepare and respond to flood events.
The partnership is just as strong at the global level. Zurich employees continue to support the Red Cross through donations for disaster relief. For every franc donated by employees for disaster response, the Z Zurich Foundation matches the contribution to DREF in addition to its 500,000 Swiss franc yearly contributions. Zurich employ- ees generously donated to IFRC efforts in Nepal and the Ebola response.