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Solferino Academy

2021

Annual Report

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Solferino Academy Selection

A selection of the best events from the Red Cross Red Crescent Network focusing on innovation, foresight and transformation. A curated collection from the Solferino Academy superstars and delivered straight to you. You’ll never have to miss a cool event again.

To be the best partner for the communities we support, we must anticipate, adapt and innovate.  Shifting Sands is a growing network of fringe thinkers, futurists, innovators and leaders from around the globe.

Recent Events

Planet:Red Summit showcased the power of many

Planet:Red Summit showcased the power of many

On October 12-14, 2021, we came together as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and organised a global, virtual summit Planet:Red. The focus of this summit was on two of the greatest threats in contemporary times, the climate crisis and pandemics, and also on stepping up the Movement’s local action to drive global impact on the humanitarian dimensions of both. 

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Now that the IFRC Youth Innovation Academy submissions are closed, it is time to have a look at what you can learn from the passion and dedication of thousands of volunteers around the globe. Together we are Limitless.

Leadership voices

Code:Red was a week-long, digital alternate reality game taking place across the internet and across the globe. Code:Red players connected together in an online community to receive clues, discuss solutions and collaborate to complete the secret mission at the heart of the game. 

Innovation Stories

Shamuk, reducing electronic waste by giving it a second life

Shamuk, reducing electronic waste by giving it a second life

Shamuk, leaving no one behind, is a project that seeks to reduce electronic waste by giving it a second life. Through repowering devices and delivering them to children in rural areas in Ecuador, it also reduces the digital gap and supports school reintegration. The initiative was designed and is led by volunteers from the Ecuadorian Red Cross, with funding and support from the IFRC Solferino Academy. 

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Brothers across Borders – Interactive film based on true stories

Brothers across Borders – Interactive film based on true stories

Brothers across Borders is an interactive film based on the true stories of Syrian refugees in Turkey. You are Ismaël, a 21 years old Syrian refugee on a mission to find his brother Muhammed. Muhammed, as the oldest brother, went to Turkey to find a new and safer home for the family, but never returned to Syria. Nor has he contacted the family since he left Turkey. Now it’s all up to you. The future of Ismaël, Muhammed and the entire family is in your hands.

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The Solferino Academy is an initiative of the IFRC and its member national societies that aims to help the Red Cross and Red Crescent network anticipate, understand and adapt to trends and emerging issues

Our Major Partner is the Croce Rossa Italiana (Italian Red Cross)

Thought pieces

Introducing collective crisis intelligence

Introducing collective crisis intelligence

AI and predictive analytics are increasingly being piloted to predict humanitarian crises and needs. However, crisis-affected communities are rarely involved in designing, testing or managing these tools. In this blog we introduce our research on ‘collective crisis intelligence’ (CCI), an emerging innovation approach that offers an alternative trajectory for AI development in the humanitarian sector.

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Covid-19 Is a Call for Universalism

Covid-19 Is a Call for Universalism

Crises are by definition breaking points. Something that we thought would hold – peace, health, transit system, electric supply, a way of life, a society – shatters. While dealing with the crisis, our understanding of the vulnerability of our world increases, as does our understanding of how to prevent the catastrophe from happening again. The first-hand experience spurs innovation and recalibration that will, if built correctly, lead to increased resilience.

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3 things we can be proud of in 2020 and 3 things to focus on in 2021

3 things we can be proud of in 2020 and 3 things to focus on in 2021

Any way you look at it 2020 was unprecedented, complex and challenging, and there is little indication that things will get any easier in the near future. Amongst the many difficulties we faced, however, a number of positives emerged alongside some key lessons for us going forward. At the Solferino Academy we spoke to 20 senior leaders across the IFRC and network of National Societies to ask their views on this. Here is some of what they told us:

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Solferino FutureFellows Programme 2021

An innovative professional development program for emerging leaders of the network of the IFRC
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Insights and Inspirations

We wrote a book with 200 Contributors and 120 pieces of content!

We wrote a book with 200 Contributors and 120 pieces of content!

Wow! Over the past 11 months, we’ve been digging into ‘data is a teamsport’ with special events (sprints), learning and training. All this collaboration and social learning has resulted in us creating an updated IFRC Data Playbook version 1. The original IFRC Data Playbook Beta was published in 2018 and continues to be in use around our network. With Strategy 2030 citing digital transformation as a priority, our team set out to update the Data Playbook and align it with the IFRC Digital transformation maturity model.

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Case Studies

Disaster Preparedness through Virtual Reality

The Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society

The intensity of the natural phenomena in the Caribbean has increased in recent years. For example, since 2017, three category five hurricanes (Irma, María, and Dorian) have caused considerable damage to all the islands in the region. These experiences and various recent studies reaffirm the importance and need to work with communities in raising awareness and developing capacities to prepare for and respond to disasters.

Innovating to identify the most effective social change mechanisms to engage Roma communities

Romanian Red Cross

In Romania, a large proportion of the Roma population faces structural vulnerabilities characterized by the complex and continuous ethnic and intergenerational dimension of poverty. The Roma often live in marginalised, economically and socially vulnerable communities, and this has led to social isolation, causing additional difficulties, especially for Roma children in school. According to the Romanian census conducted in 2011, 621,573 Romanians (about 3% of the population) belong to the Roma ethnic group although the 2010 Council of Europe data mentions a Romanian Roma population ranging between 1,200,000 and 2,500,000 people.

Support for women’s health and autonomy

Red Cross of Benin

Red Cross of Benin has increasingly explored new and innovative approaches to try and tackle highly complex social and development issues facing people in the country. One particular challenge that they have turned to new approaches for is the significant lack of health information available for women and girls in Benin and the struggles they face in achieving some measure of financial independence. Red Cross of Benin already supports a large number of women’s and mothers’ groups with first aid and other activities, but they wanted to try a new approach to address some of the systemic challenges facing the women. With the support of the Empress Shôken Fund, which is notably helping National Societies experiment with innovative approaches, they have begun to explore how to develop social and micro-entrepreneurship approaches with women’s groups.

Are you interested? We’d love to hear from you!