Future of the Red Cross in Latin American and the Caribbean

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has released the document The future of the Red Cross in Latin America and the Caribbean: the challenges of risk management and social cohesion.

This is an ambitious, 400-page study, which takes a measure of national Red Cross societies in the current socio-economic context of Latin America and the Caribbean. The study identifies new challenges faced by Red Cross societies in terms of performance, governance, management, financing, organization, and cooperation, and examines activities of each national society in the broader context of IFRC strategies. The document makes recommendations for addressing the most urgent and important of these strategies. A special section is devoted to the profound changes that international cooperation agencies are undergoing, and which will, in turn, affect the financing and operation of national societies.

The study is the result of self-reflection and self-analysis carried out by each of the national societies. It provides a valuable and up-to-date socio-economic analysis of the region, with particular emphasis on the problems facing humanitarian action. The document can be accessed in Spanish at www.ifrc.org.

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