The ICRC’s humanitarian work today


The ICRC works to help and protect the millions all over the world who suffer the effects of conflict and other situations of violence.. – Follow our latest news


The year 2013 saw one crisis after another – in Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Syria and its neighbours. Populations in Myanmar, the Philippines and South Sudan also required specific emergency responses. The ICRC has managed to maintain and gain proximity to vulnerable people; in some instances, it has been one of the very few actors on the ground, particularly in remote areas (e.g. CAR, parts of Somalia and South Sudan, northern Nigeria). It has been requested to act as a neutral intermediary by parties to the conflict, for example in the release of people held by armed groups in Colombia (by the beginning of November 2013, 22 people had been returned to their families) or to facilitate dialogue between parties on missing persons (e.g. Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, the Southern Caucasus). In some instances however, governments limited the ICRC’s capacity to respond to humanitarian needs resulting from conflicts or other situations of violence.

Facts and figures

  • In early 2014, the budget for the ICRC’s six main operations amounted to over 450 million Swiss francs.
  • The ten largest ICRC operations are: Syria (Sfr 105,3 million), Afghanistan (Sfr 82.4 million), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Sfr 69.9 million), Somalia (Sfr 68.1 million), South Sudan (Sfr 64,1 million), Iraq (Sfr 60.4 million), Mali (Sfr 45.3 million), Israel and the occupied territories (Sfr 43.7 million), Sudan (Sfr 39,5 million) and Colombia (Sfr 33.3 million).
  • The ICRC's priorities for 2014

    The ICRC is asking for 1.29 billion Swiss francs to cover its operations in 2014.
    > Budget by country and key data

  • Overview of the ICRC's operations in 2014

    ICRC's worldwide operational priorities for 2014.
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  • The ICRC in action worldwide

    The "Panorama" film highlights the organization's work to protect and assist victims of war.
    > Video