International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
An independent and neutral organization, the ICRC, established in 1863, works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people affected by conflict and armed violence and to promote the laws that protect victims of war. The work of the ICRC is based on the Geneva Conventions of 1949. The ICRC ensures humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and armed violence.
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian network that reaches 150 million people in 187 National Societies through the work of over 13 million volunteers. Together, they act before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people.
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives. The organization places special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty.
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The organization gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, it uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. On average, WFP feeds 100 million people each year in 77 of the poorest countries. This is no “hunger games”.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. Today, a staff of some 7,685 people in more than 125 countries continue to help some 33.9 million persons. Angelina Jolie is one of their goodwill ambassadors.
Medecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. MSF reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises. MSF is a worldwide movement of 23 associations.
International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee is a global leader in emergency relief, rehabilitation, protection of human rights, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by conflict and oppression. IRC goes to crisis zones to rescue and rebuild.
Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)
The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is a humanitarian fund established by the United Nations to enable more timely and reliable humanitarian assistance to those affected by natural disasters and armed conflicts. The fund is replenished annually through contributions from governments, the private sector, foundations and individuals and constitutes a pool of reserve funding to support humanitarian action.
United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)
United Nations Peacekeeping Operations help countries torn by conflict create the conditions for lasting peace. They are comprised of civilian, police and military personnel. Their workforce in the field consists of 117,000 troops, including military observers, police personnel, UN civilians and UN volunteers. 119 countries contribute military and police personnel. The UN does not have its own military force; it depends on contributions from Member States.
The organization works in failing states, in conflict zones, and in countries recovering from natural disaster. It works in places where a child’s life is often at risk, where a woman’s education is usually ignored, and where a family’s livelihood is never a sure thing. The organization moves as quickly as possible by bringing in food and supplies to enabling people to rebuild their economy with community-driven and market-led programs.
International Crisis Group
The International Crisis Group is now generally recognized as the world’s leading independent, non-partisan source of analysis and advice to governments and intergovernmental bodies like the United Nations, European Union and World Bank, on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict.