The future red cross red crescent

There are significant changes occurring throughout the world and within the humanitarian and development sectors. The pace and the scope of this change is unprecedented. As such it is prudent to establish a strategic focus on how we can understand, anticipate and navigate the increasing complexity emerging from this change. But change is also about taking action now to get the future we want. Strategy 2030 is about is about giving everyone the ability to create, act upon, and be part of the emerging future – so that no one is left behind.

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Climate change and small island states

By Ms. Fine TU’ITUPOU ARNOLD, Secretary General of Cook Islands Red Cross Society

As someone born, raised, educated and living in small island developing states (SIDS) in the Pacific, I am very familiar with the challenges we face.  We are collections of tiny countries, far from anywhere – the islands that make up our countries are often, themselves, strung out over vast distances.

Smallness in itself, along with internal and external remoteness, makes running these countries a challenge – even without adding the consequences. What’s more, almost all small island states around the world are in the tropics. This means that our societies and lives have always faced the perils that come with the tropical climate.

Women in Leadership

Ms. Fine Tu’itupou Arnold, Secretary General of Cook Islands Red Cross Society  speaks about the importance of women leadership in the network. Fine shares her reflections on women leadership at different levels of the organization.


The future of protection

By Amjad Saleem, IFRC

We are in a period of the globalisation of fragility. The definition of protection, its scope and limitations, the role of humanitarian agencies, authorities and other actors has been and continues to be debated. Within the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, interpretations and practice on protection is also diverse and varied but the aspect is to explore it in a wide perspective around Do No Harm and keeping people safe, considering how National Societies (NS) have always engaged in wide range of protective actions, and in response to increasing conflict, displacement and migration, some are increasingly active in certain fields.

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By Chris Reed, British Red Cross 

While written about the global Red Cross/ Red Crescent Movement, the way it resonates with the work we’re doing at the British Red Cross is uncanny. So much has been written about the changing nature of volunteering in the UK and globally, so it’s heartening to see how seriously people are beginning to take the important issue of putting the volunteer themselves at the heart of the experience we offer. 


By Alexander Mathieu, British Red Cross 

Going to scale:  In 2016, I attended a roundtable to discuss plans to mitigate a major hunger crisis in southern Africa.  Agencies and donors put proposals on the table to import cereals, to oversee mass targeting for cash-based assistance and to diversify the mono-cropping that is a root cause of food insecurity in the region. The Red Cross offered a few small, scattered projects.


By Shaun Hazeldine, IFRC 

Volunteering is not only critical to the organisational model, affording a direct and intimate link with communities all over the world and enabling social, development and humanitarian action on a scale that would be impossible otherwise, but volunteering itself can, if managed well, deliver enormous benefits for individuals, of social inclusion, building self-confidence, skills and promoting social engagement enabling a more active, enlightened and compassionate citizenry.