Welcome to the Solferino Academy

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to others

(until May 12)

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.

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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Solferino FutureFellows Programme 2022

An innovative professional development program for emerging leaders of the network of the IFRC
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Leadership voices

Are we doing enough to prepare for the Future?

Are we doing enough to prepare for the Future?

The global picture is quite grim – pandemic, protracted conflicts, impacts of climate crisis, growing inequalities and polarisation, increases in gender-based violence and drastic worsening of mental health. In addition, the crisis in Ukraine has brought another layer of uncertainty, complexity and heart-breaking human suffering with global implications. 

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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.

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.

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

A call for humanitarian consistency

A call for humanitarian consistency

Maryann Horne, Senior Humanitarian advisor for Crises and Emergencies for Asia Pacific looks at of the global impacts of the Ukraine crisis. She argues that principled humanitarian action and the respect of International Humanitarian Law is more needed than ever.
The reverberations of the Ukraine/Russia crisis are plain to feel. Even if the violence were to de-escalate rapidly, the impacts are creating breaking points in an already precarious post pandemic global reality.

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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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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. 

Insights and Inspirations

A call for humanitarian consistency

A call for humanitarian consistency

Maryann Horne, Senior Humanitarian advisor for Crises and Emergencies for Asia Pacific looks at of the global impacts of the Ukraine crisis. She argues that principled humanitarian action and the respect of International Humanitarian Law is more needed than ever.
The reverberations of the Ukraine/Russia crisis are plain to feel. Even if the violence were to de-escalate rapidly, the impacts are creating breaking points in an already precarious post pandemic global reality.

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Relationships as drivers of change?

Relationships as drivers of change?

What are the attitudes and behaviours we need to nurture as we move towards our collective vision as captured in Strategy 2030? How can we support ambitious people to drive organisational change in support of the important transformations outlined? Read to know more…

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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.

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