Humanitarian policy and partnerships
Australian Red Cross
Australian Red Cross is one of Australia's most trusted and effective partners in disaster preparedness and response. Through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies the Australian Red Cross is part of largest humanitarian network in the world, with links to 190 National Societies around the world.
Australia's partnership with the Australian Red Cross helps achieve three key humanitarian objectives.
Strengthening disaster preparedness
This involves building emergency response capacities of partner governments and National Societies in disaster-affected countries, particularly across the Pacific, to enable timely, effective and appropriate responses to disasters. Activities include enhancing the use of data to inform preparedness and response, including early warning systems and risk reduction measures, in a way that incorporates climate change adaptation.
Improving the ability of National Societies and communities in the Indo-Pacific to cope with and recover from crises and disasters. Activities include training of disaster response teams, and working at the community level to develop disaster contingency and action plans.
Increased public awareness
Boosting public understanding of international humanitarian law and values, in an effort to reduce violence, conflict, discrimination and stigma. In accordance with the Statutes of the Movement, all National Societies have an obligation to disseminate International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and to cooperate with governments to ensure respect for IHL and protection of the emblem. In the Solomon Islands, for example, a handbook for parliamentarians will be produced in 2017/18.
Australia is providing the Australian Red Cross with $28.8 million in humanitarian funding over the period 2015-19, as well as additional development funding.
In 2016-17, the Australian Government funding for the Australian Red Cross helped to train 23,549 people in Bangladesh on disaster risk reduction issues; trained 24 new Emergency Response Team First Responders in Fiji and 18 in Kiribati; and provided practical support including mosquito nets, blankets and kitchen sets to families in PNG affected by floods and landslides.
Additional information about the Australian Red Cross, or the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement can be found via their websites.