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As the IFRC celebrates its 100 years, we look back at 100 years of service and, at the same time look into the future where Strategy 2030 envisages a network that embraces young people as idea generators, innovators and mobilisers for humanitarian causes. The IFRC is organizing the 100 Ideas Challenge to celebrate the new ideas of the coming century and the role of young people in driving social change. We are asking young people to submit their ideas for innovative projects that could make a difference in their community and world.


We want to see your innovative ideas all over social media for one massive weekend.  So follow the guidelines below;

Applications should be made by posting on Twitter, Instagram or on Facebook in the Volunteers Facebook Group. All applications must use the hashtag #100ideasRCRC

  • Applications are only accepted during this time frame: 18:00 (Geneva time) Friday 6th September until 8:00 am (Geneva Time) Monday 9th September. All posts should be made to either Instagram, Twitter or the Volunteers Facebook Group between these times. No submissions will be accepted outside this time period.
  • Applications can be made in any media form, either as written submissions, or video or other creative communications.  Creative applications are highly encouraged. Here is a list of free design apps that might help you in your application.
  • If you cannot post your submission on social media, you can email it to [email protected] Note that all submissions are public and if emailed they could be posted on social media by the IFRC
  • Submissions are accepted in either English, Spanish, French, Arabic or Russian

The submissions will be judged by representatives from the Youth and Innovation teams. The judges’ decision is final.


All nominations must be by young people aged between 16 and 30 years old from a National Society of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, either as a volunteer or staff member. Submissions will be judged on;

• The potential of the project to improve the lives of vulnerable people according to the principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

• The innovation of the project

• That the project is well thought through and has considered how it would be implemented and what the risks would be and how these would be managed.

• The project addresses one or some of the challenges and transformations identified in Strategy 2030 visit for more information

A selection of the best ideas for projects will be flown to Geneva all expenses paid and will participate in a pitch event at the General Assembly of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies where they could win funding for their project.

Winners will receive coaching on how to build and deliver pitches from Innovation experts within the Red Cross and Red Crescent network.

All winners will be announced in mid-September 2019.