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.

OpenStreetMap: Responding to the Gorkha Earthquake

Living, Breathing Maps q&a with Dale Kunce Tell us about OpenStreetMap OpenStreetMap is a free and accessible map of the world. Think about it as “Wikipedia for maps.” You can edit, I can edit it and it basically reflects the world around us. It's awesome because if...

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...

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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6 simple steps to get involve with the Solferino Academy

The Solferino Academy needs your support. We are always looking to expand our network and support capacity development amongst national societies. Here are a few things you can do to get involved! You can become a contributor by working on trends analysis or horizon...

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