Innovation Stories

The Red Cross and Red Crescent has a unique history of innovation. We showcase the stories of National Societies that work on global issues and are continually exploring new solutions, technologies, and partners that help them prepare better for current and future challenges.

Our Story is their Story

In the past, traditional approaches to engaging communities in monitoring humanitarian programmes consisted of mainly asking for data from the communities. Today, a greater emphasis has been placed on engaging communities throughout the monitoring and/or evaluation...

The Taste of Change

The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre strives to use creative and unusual learning tools for impact. In the last couple years, they have explored a “tasty” way to raise awareness on climate issues, especially regarding food security. The Taste of Change experience...

Design for Change

An initiative by Spanish Red Cross The social innovation team at Spanish Red Cross partnered with Design for Change, an international movement that provides youth with tools to put their ideas into practice, starting in their own environments. A nationwide group of...

Recoding the Norwegian Red Cross

Imagine, for a moment, you’re sick. A disease is spreading around you, and the information that could stop it escalating is inaccessible. Despite every advance in medicine and an increasingly connected world, this is a nightmare that all...

Multimedia Stories

We invited external experts in relevant topics to discuss trends and emerging issues that are affecting the humanitarian sector. Scroll down and read our latest visualizations.


Growing Middle Class and Increasing Inequality


Rise of Populism


Localisation and the resurgence of sovereignty

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Maps, Kids and Humanitarian Outreach

[ed. note: Data @ IFRC is a blog series to share highlights from the Red Cross Red Crescent Secretariat and National Societies. We will include learning opportunities and thought pieces on all things data from ethics to evidence.]  Maps have always been storytelling...

Data: A vital tool for disaster response

In the hours and days after any disaster, humanitarian organizations like the Red Cross seek answers to a few key questions: Where were people during the disaster? How many people are affected? What are their primary needs? Red Cross and Red Crescent teams on the...

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