Trends and transformations

Over the last year, the Solferino Academy consulted with over 100 Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies and external experts. These consultations included  futures workshops, online gaming simulations as well as research and horizon scanning. The results were grouped into the following futures thematic areas and represent our first level findings. Click on each icon to explore the trend and transformation. Let us know your thoughts underneath the articles.

Future of Financing

The gap between humanitarian and development needs and financing is growing, yet largely we still rely on just a few traditional sources of funding. How do we mobilize alternate sources of capital to support communities?

Emerging Technology

The technological revolution is dramatically changing how we live and work. How do we support communities to take advantage of these opportunities and invest in these rapid changes to enhance the effectiveness of our work?

Conflict and poverty

Extreme poverty in the world will increasingly be concentrated in countries experiencing conflict and fragility. How do we better structure ourselves to respond?

Power and governance

Shifting powers structures and increased skepticism is challenging institutions. How can the network continue to build trust against this backdrop?


Participation and engagement

The nature of volunteering is changing; communities are engaging with social, humanitarian, and development causes in new ways. How will we adapt to these new contexts to ensure we are able to mobilize communities and volunteers in the support of humanitarian and development causes?


Climate and disasters

Climate-related impacts are expected to intensify significantly in the coming years,  deepening struggles for many ‘already’ vulnerable communities. How will the already stretched humanitarian system be able to respond?

New communities and cities

Migration, urbanization, the youth bulge, ageing populations and, highly networked citizens are changing the make-up of society. How will National Societies engage with communities when the very nature of community is changing?

Future of work

Advances in technologies will result in workforce shifts and a youth bulge grappling with the lack of productive employment. How will the network respond to a falling ratio of employment to population and, support communities and young people to adapt to a new world of work?

Health of the Future

Increasing threats from pandemics, non-communicable diseases, environmental health and over-burdened health systems alongside persistent health challenges such as water and sanitation are stretching the system. How can we more effectively meet complex health crises?


What do you think of these trends and transformations, are there any missing that you think are important?

Which ones do you think are the most important?

Share your thoughts



    For certain. The highlighted fields are key in the prosperity of the new world we want. However I feel that its high time we stepped out of the comfort zones of providing relief and funding or any form of support basing on the needs assessment model of survive delivery and adopt an assets assessment model. In doing this the future will be sustainable enough because societies will try had to have something that the federations can build on during any interventions.
    You can contact me by email for any clarifications on the model am proposing.

  2. Muhammad Danial Ahsan

    Hello Muhammad Danial Ahsan Here Working As Information Technology Manager in Pakistan Red Crescent The Above Mentioned Transformation are Very Much Important in the Upcoming Strategies. In My Point of View We Should Use Digital Commutation Regularly to Show our Activities and To inspire Other and Lunching Online Fundraising Appeals on Social Media Page.

  3. Marianna Miettinen Fosser

    Our world is changing in an incresing speed due to modern technology. How do we ensure that today’s education gives the knowledge and skills needed tomorrow, when we have difficulties in predicting and understanding how the furture world looks like. How do we ensure that all children get an education that prepares them for the future and close the growing gap between those who have everything and those who get nothing?

  4. Main uddin


  5. Lucy Morris

    Thanks – interesting conversation, and all of the above resonate for me. The other one that’s not yet profiled is about the need for greater alignment between organisational purpose and internal values/culture in order to sustain our human resource capacity. How do we value our staff/volunteers, and how can organisational values go beyond being platitudes to actively informing behavior e.g. support for staff/volunteers well-being in order to avoid burnout, and actively caring for ourselves and each other at work.

    See for a connected conversation about the need for reform within the wider sector.

  6. Michael

    Well it is a nice move though the society needs to move a way from relief based to asset based as this will enhance the capacity of the vulnerable communities ,and have something long lasting when emergencies occur

  7. HAKIZIMANA Grégoire

    Apprendre à travailler avec les nouvelles technologies n’est pas un exercice formel vide de sens ; l’accent doit être mis sur les acquisitions méthodologiques aux effets durables, consultation de banques de données, utilisation raisonnée de progiciels, de dictionnaires électroniques, etc. L’intérêt de ces démarches est facteur de motivation des volontaires face à l’intervention humanitaire.


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