Although this photo was taken during First World War, it depicts a perennial issue: humanitarian workers and their essential, lifesaving equipment falling victim to the brutality and recklessness of war. Photo: ©German Red Cross

150 years of hope

A movement is born

A century and a half ago, the first National Society was formed in the Kingdom of Württemberg, which would later merge with other nearby states to form the modern state of Germany. In many ways, the changes, growth and conflicts that have faced this original National Society mirror the Movement’s evolution over 150 years.


150 years of hope
Making history

In the world’s newest country, the South Sudan Red Cross has moved quickly to establish itself within a context of international conflict, internal strife, mass displacement, deep-rooted poverty and a lack of basic infrastructure.


Principles behind bars

In two prisons in Ireland, teams of volunteers use the seven Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement to change themselves and the lives of other troubled men. Their work is transforming prison culture, reducing violence and improving the physical and psychological health of inmates.

Passing the baton
Keeping it clean

When humanitarian organizations mobilize during emergencies, or as part of development work, how do they make sure the changes they’ve made will continue once they’ve packed up and gone? In some of Côte d’Ivoire’s poorest communities, water and sanitation offer potential answers.

Future of humanitarian action 
The digital humanitarian

Widely available technology such as mobile phones, the internet and satellite communication offer powerful life-saving potential. Are humanitarians keeping up?


Fundamental Principles
Safety through principles

Rooted in strict adherence to the Fundamental Principles, ICRC’s Safer Access Framework draws on the knowledge of National Societies to improve acceptance, security and access during times of turbulence and conflict.

Our principles, ourselves

Can adherence to the seven Fundamental Principles be enhanced through self-improvement? Some say strengthening personal skills such as listening, empathy and compassion can help us become more impartial, neutral and humane.

Independence: one size does not fit all

When judging independence, it’s essential to understand the political, economic and social context facing each National Society.

In Brief

A summary of Red Cross and Red Crescent activities around the world including: Egypt, Colombia, Indonesia, Syria, Ecuador, Guinea and our latest Humanitarian index, providing statistics on the world of the Irish Red Cross in prisons.


Guest editorial

A change of mindset

Kristalina Georgieva, European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, and Andris Piebalgs, European Union Commissioner for Development.


The World Disasters Report 2013; a new Health care in danger video; Nutrition guidelines; Water and habitat Public health engineering during armed conflict; and more Movement publications






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