DREF: emergency relief for silent emergencies


More than 90% of disasters go unreported in the foreign media. It is often the poorest countries that are hardest hit. The local Red Cross is on hand to offer immediate assistance but it often lacks the financial resources to help all victims.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) therefore set up the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF), so that local Red Cross Societies do not have to wait for the money they need to provide relief. DREF aims to provide start-up funding in the immediate aftermath of a large-scale disaster and to fund emergency responses to silent disasters that do not make the news.

In 2012, DREF received a contribution of €1,070,000 from the Belgian federal government. That money was allocated to one or more emergency relief  projects in 16 countries:

This short film by the IFRC explains the purpose of DREF and the type of actions it funds.

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