Decision-making levels within Belgian Red Cross-Flanders


Belgian Red Cross-Flanders is subdivided into 250 local sections. They identify and respond to the relevant needs within their operational area, factoring in the core activities of Belgian Red Cross-Flanders. The sections are grouped into 17 regions and five provinces.

Within Belgian Red Cross-Flanders a distinction is drawn between the management and policy levels and the operational level.

Management and policy levels

Within Belgian Red Cross-Flanders there are three management and policy levels, each with its own management bodies: the central level (Community Council and Governing Board), the provincial level (Provincial Board, Provincial Assembly and the Regional Committee) and the local level (Local Committee).

Volunteers form the backbone of the Red Cross and it is only right that they have a big say in Red Cross policy. Regional and provincial presidents represent the sections within the highest-level management body of Belgian Red Cross-Flanders, the Community Council, which determines overall

The Community Council sets the general policy and strategy framework and the Governing Boards oversee its implementation.

Operational level

Beneath the management and policy levels is the operational level. Belgian Red Cross-Flanders has three operational levels, each with its own bodies: the central level (Boards of Directors), the provincial level(Provincial Committee and Regional Committee) and the local level (Local Committee).

At local, provincial and community levels, all operational activities are organized into ‘disciplines’. A discipline comprises all Belgian Red Cross-Flanders’ operations within a specific field of activity. Belgian Red Cross-Flanders has eight disciplines: Communication & Fundraising, the Social Intervention Service, the Relief Service, International Cooperation, Red Cross Youth, Social Welfare, Education and ‘Zorgbib’ (library service for hospitals and care institutions).

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