Katrien Beeckman

Head of the Principles and Values Department at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Katrien Beeckman has been the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Head of the Principles and Values Department, in charge of guiding the membership on the promotion of a culture of non-violence and peace (Strategic Aim 3, Strategy 2020) since 2008. She holds a PhD in international law (Graduate Institute Geneva, 2003), and prior to joining the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, she worked in academia, at the United Nations and for non- governmental organizations in the areas of education, values and human rights.


  • From Fundamental Principles to individual action: Making the Principles come alive to promote a culture of non-violence and peace

    This paper focuses on the individual perspective, as opposed to the institutional or operational one, towards the Fundamental Principles and their underpinning humanitarian values. It demonstrates the added value of this perspective, which goes beyond addressing challenges regarding the Fundamental Principles' understanding and application. By making the Principles and values come alive in peoples' behaviour, the individual perspective also enables Red Cross and Red Crescent staff and volunteers to inspire a change of mindset and behaviour towards a culture of non-violence and peace. Two tools created to this purpose, as well as their impact, are presented: (i) the Seven Skills for Seven Principles (747) framework, which unpacks the high-level Principles into more concrete and tangible components, values and intra- and interpersonal skills; and (ii) the Youth as Agents of Behavioural Change (YABC) initiative, which, using a non-cognitive learning approach, fosters a personal connection towards the Principles and increases participants' ability to role-model them.