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Department for International Development funding

In April 2011, following a competitive application process, the Department for International Development (DFID) awarded the British Red Cross a five-year grant of £8 million as part of a programme partnership arrangement. 

This funding is strengthening the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s ability to help people better prepare for, withstand and recover from disasters.

With support from DFID, we are:

  • strengthening global, regional and national emergency response mechanisms and capacities
  • enlarging our pool of trained emergency response and early recovery specialists
  • improving the capacity of some of our national society partners to implement resilience programmes
  • promoting  international humanitarian law and diplomacy more widely inside and outside the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement
  • implementing a programme and information management system at the British Red Cross and supporting our partners with monitoring and evaluation.

Department for International Development funding pie chart© Info

Read our year one annual progress review (PDF)
Read our year two annual progress review (PDF)
Read our mid-term evaluation (PDF)
Read our year three annual progress review (PDF)

Other support from DFID

In addition to the programme partnership arrangement, DFID has given £21.6 million to support British Red Cross programmes and appeals in 2013-14. This has helped to support:


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  • Health & support services 
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