100&Change: 2021

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Saving Lives and Livelihoods by Outsmarting Disasters

No-one should suffer from predictable disasters. Our project will significantly reduce the impact of disasters by helping people take preventive actions based on weather forecasts.

Submitted: August 2019
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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2021
Climate Change & Environment
Current Work Location(s):
  • Sofala Province, Mozambique
  • Piura, Peru
  • Provincia de Cotopaxi, Ecuador
  • Rangpur Division, Bangladesh
  • Eastern Visayas, Philippines
  • Thành Phố Hà Nội, Vietnam
  • Eastern Region, Uganda
  • Marsabit, Kenya
  • Departamento de El Paraíso, Honduras
  • Ayeyawady Region, Myanmar
Priority Population(s):
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Victims of disaster
  • Emergency responders
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 1. No poverty
  • 11. Sustainable cities and communities
  • 13. Climate action

Executive Summary

There is nothing natural about a disaster: extreme weather events do not inevitably lead to catastrophe and people do not inevitably need to die or suffer. We can save countless lives and reduce suffering if we use forecasts and act before a disaster. If we evacuate people before a flood, we do not need to rescue them and support them afterwards. If we help farmers find alternative livelihood options, they won’t need food aid when the harvest fails. The Red Cross and Red Crescent knows that, with the right information, support and science-based resourcing – such as the forecast-based financing – communities can and will adopt early actions to protect themselves. Our project will significantly expand the number of communities who can do this. Every year, natural hazards affect around 200 million people, kill 67,000 people and drive 26 million people into poverty. Together, we can prevent this from happening.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

website: https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc
Organization Headquarters
Geneva, Genève, Switzerland
Organization ID
Not provided
Annual Operating Budget
$200 to $499 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
> 1,000

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