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Strategy 2020
IFRC, 2010

Approved in 2009, Strategy 2020 voices the collective will of the IFRC to move forward in tackling the major challenges that will confront humanity in the next decade. Now available in a colourful, photo-filled booklet, the strategy also consolidates previous policies and strategies in presenting updated core concepts to guide National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in formulating their own mission statements and strategic plans in the context of their specific needs and vulnerabilities.

Available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

ICRC survey: Our world. Views from the field — Summary report
ICRC, 2010

To raise awareness of the impact of armed conflict or other situations of armed violence on civilians, the ICRC launched in 2009 a vast research programme in eight of the most troubled countries in the world. This summary report presents highlights of research carried out in Afghanistan, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Georgia, Haiti, Lebanon, Liberia and the Philippines. Includes a CD-ROM with eight individual country reports.

Available in English. Sfr. 15.

Social media guidelines for IFRC staff
IFRC, 2010

If you are a Red Cross Red Crescent staff member who can’t go a day without updating your Facebook page, uploading your latest photos to Flickr, posting a video on YouTube or tweeting your latest relief activities — then these guidelines are for you. This 36-page booklet acknowledges the power of communication with online communities during relief work. But it also offers guidance on how to use new social media responsibly.

Available in English.


Communicating in emergencies guidelines
IFRC, 2010

Getting your message out during a rapidly unfolding emergency isn’t easy. But situations of crisis are often critical opportunities for getting the Movement’s message across. These guidelines are not meant as a field handbook, but as a basis for National Societies, the Geneva secretariat and zone offices to build comprehensive and effective emergency communications. The guidelines were developed by the IFRC, with support from the Norwegian Red Cross.

Available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.


Believe in Humanity: A Consultation with G20 Governments
IFRC, 2009

When G20 countries decided in 2009 to replace the G8 as the leading body for coordinating the world economy, this informal forum of foreign ministers and central bank governors became “a great bully pulpit”, according to the US magazine Foreign Policy. But what do these governments, whose economies represent nearly two-thirds of the world’s population, think about the humanitarian challenges of today? This 42-page IFRC report provides important insights.

Available in English.

Five years after the tsunami
IFRC, 2010

Five years after the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 took the lives of almost 230,000 people and triggered one of the largest relief operations in Movement history, the IFRC has released the Tsunami five-year progress report 2004-2009. Beyond the stats — 4.8 million receiving aid; 51,000 houses built — the report delves into lessons learned on capacity building, beneficiary communications, accountability, among many other issues.

Available in English.

Missing Persons: a Handbook for Parliamentarians
ICRC, Inter-Parliamentary Union, 2009

This handbook starts by detailing the context in which people go missing — armed conflict or internal violence — and the impact these disappearances have on families. It goes on to discuss what parliamentarians can do to prevent disappearances, discover the fate of missing persons and assist families. Lastly, it offers a legal framework designed to help states and authorities to adopt or improve national legislation on the missing.

Available in English and French. Sfr. 10.


Democratic Republic of the Congo: the lost children of Goma
ICRC, 2010

In the chaos of conflict, adults and children often get separated and lost. In the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has been ravaged by decades of war, hundreds of children are missing or separated. This eight-minute DVD tells the story of 17-year-old Shukuru who hasn’t seen his parents for eight months. With help from the ICRC tracing team, he’s found at least part of his family, and he can’t wait to see them.

Available in English and French. Sfr. 5.

Afghanistan: war zone hospital
ICRC, 2010

Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar serves over 4 million people across southern Afghanistan. As fighting in the region intensifies, the number of casualties coming through its doors is also rising sharply. As this eight-minute DVD details, most of the injured are civilians, caught in roadside explosions, air strikes and gunfire. There are two to a bed in the children's ward and the operating theatre works 24 hours a day as doctors and nurses struggle to save lives in this war-torn country.

Available in English and French. Sfr. 5.

International Federation materials are available from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, P.O. Box 372, CH-1211 Geneva 19, Switzerland. for the Federation

  ICRC materials are available from the International Committee of the Red Cross, 19 avenue de la Paix, CH-1202 Geneva, Switzerland. for the ICRC

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