Evaluation of Australian Red Cross Humanitarian Partnership 2015-19
Summary of publication
The goal of the 2015–2019 DFAT–Australian Red Cross (ARC) Humanitarian Partnership is to save lives, alleviate suffering and enhance human dignity. Though global in nature, the Partnership maintains a priority focus on the Indo-Pacific region. Countries engaged in the current agreement are Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Timor-Leste, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.
Working through local National Societies or the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), partnership investments provide material and other humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable during and after crises. In addition, the Partnership contributes to strengthening the global humanitarian architecture through:
- ARC's active engagement in initiatives such as Strengthening Red Cross Red Crescent Movement Coordination and Cooperation;
- pushing for more locally led humanitarian assistance;
- seeking innovative solutions to humanitarian challenges; and
- modelling and promoting good practice in key thematic areas such as protection, gender equality and disability inclusion and disaster risk management (DRM).
The evaluation found that the Partnership provides strong visibility of the Australian Aid programme domestically, and the window into the broader Red Cross Red Crescent Movement positions DFAT and ARC to:
- contribute to localised disaster risk management through support to National Red Cross Societies and their local government partners and, through them, to promote community-based disaster preparedness and first response capabilities;
- engage together in high-level dialogues on regional and global policy issues, so as to influence the uptake of good practice and to contribute to shaping the humanitarian reform agenda;
- promote innovation through pilot projects that can be amplified elsewhere; and
- provide a unique perspective and expertise on vulnerability and protection issues, including a gendered approach to inclusive disaster risk management.
The recommendations proposed in the review are based on the evaluations consultations, analysis and discussions. They provide a number of recommendations that have been adopted by DFAT and ARC and will be addressed in the design of a new partnership agreement, beginning in 2019.
The management response was jointly prepared by DFAT and Australian Red Cross.