One Movement strategy
In 1999 the Council of Delegates asked the Standing Commission
to set up a working group to draft an overall strategy for
the Movement. This November it will be presented with the
results. The aim is to fill a long-standing gap. While the
various components of the Movement have drawn up their own
plans and strategies over the years, there has been no overall
strategy for the Movement itself.
The Movement does have a mission statement (in the 1986 statutes)
and since the 1997 Seville Agreement, clearer guidelines for
working together in emergencies. The draft strategy wants
to take that further. In the words of the working group chairman,
Dr. Claude Jean-François, it reflects "the Movement's
growing ambition to be stronger together in reaching vulnerable
people with effective humanitarian action throughout the world.
Simply put, this strategy is not about what we do, but about
how we can do it better."
The draft includes 17 specific actions grouped under five
strategic objectives. The first objective is to strengthen
the components of the Movement themselves, in particular the
weaker National Societies. This would mean the global network
would function better. It covers issues such as management,
sharing knowledge and skills, and institutional integrity.
The second aim is to improve coherence and efficiency, especially
the level of coordination in emergencies, and the third, to
build a global image and shared identity for the Movement.
More effective working with governments, partner organizations
and business is the main focus of the fourth objective, while
the fifth aims to improve understanding of the complex and
constantly changing humanitarian scene in which the Red Cross
and Red Crescent works. The strategy for the Movement is intended
to be an ongoing process with the Council of Delegates monitoring
progress and updating it every two years.