International development programme

We provide finance, people or goods to support programmes like community health care, disaster management and post-conflict recovery.

Supporting local communities, throughout the world

Development initiatives often include the provision of finance, personnel or goods to support areas such as community health care, disaster management and post-conflict recovery.

Our international development programme involves bi-lateral or multi-lateral funding for programmes or direct programme support to Red Cross national societies throughout the world. In areas of conflict, development programming is channelled through the affected national society via or in consultation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement defines development as 'the process by which communities, families and individuals grow stronger [and] can enjoy fuller and more productive lives and become less vulnerable' (IFRC 1995).

We are currently supporting:

  • Health and disaster preparedness programmes in Nepal and Timor Leste.
  • The provision of health services in Afghanistan.
  • The ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled (SFD) programme in Laos supporting families affected by land mines.