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The overall budget of the ICRC for 2015 stands at 1.76 billion Swiss Francs (1.85 billion USD).
This amount is divided into a budget for headquarters (CHF 199.9 million) and field operations (CHF 1,562.5 million).
Ten years ago, the budget was just over 1 billion. For the past ten years it has grown constantly due to the ever-growing humanitarian needs in the conflict-affected countries. In fact, the field budget has increased by more than 55% since then while the HQ budget has grown by just 31.4%, which is an increase of less than one third.
But as the pressure on our resources continues to grow, we need more funds to help the increasing number of men, women and children around the world who find themselves caught in the crossfire of conflict.
The ICRC is funded by voluntary contributions.
We recieve contributions from the States party to the Geneva Conventions (governments), national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, supranational organizations (such as the European Commission) and public and private sources. Governments are our main donors: on average during the past five years, they contributed about 84% of the budget. But contributions remain voluntary and there is no guarantee that such contributions will last into the long-term.
The ICRC budget is calculated based on three factors: the humanitarian needs of the communities affected, our ability to deliver aid and protection to those communities, and a realistic assessment of what can actually be implemented.
Taken together these three factors have tended to produce highly accurate operational plans and budgets: during the last ten years, the ICRC has averaged around a 90% implementation rate of its projected budget. Our operational budget has been on the increase during the past few years. This year (2015), we have a budget that is more than 25% bigger than last year's.
The ICRC has a funding strategy for 2012-2020. In that strategy, we address the need to diversify our funding, which is something we are working on.
In light of the ever-growing humanitarian needs of communities affected by conflict, and the fact that we work in proximity with those same communities, our need for funding is also gradually increasing.
As part of our funding strategy, the ICRC is exploring new avenues to reinforce the support from traditional donor States and to diversify our sources of funding by engaging with emerging States and some key areas of the private sector.