International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Australia works with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) because it is one of the world's largest and most respected humanitarian organisations. ICRC protects the lives and dignity of people affected by conflict. It can reach people in need in the most difficult environments, such as protecting people affected by fighting in South Sudan, or providing life-saving healthcare in rural Afghanistan.

In 2016-17, Australia provided $27.5 million in core funding to the ICRC to:

  • protect and assist civilians affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence
  • promote and strengthen adherence to international humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles through training and advocacy
  • support the ICRC to deliver emergency medical assistance, food, water and shelter for millions affected by conflict and violence.

In 2016, the ICRC provided food to 14.8 million people, delivered medical assistance to over 3.8 million people, and helped build and maintain critical infrastructure benefitting 28.4 million people.

ICRC has a mandate in international law to protect the lives and dignity of people affected by conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance. The organisation also works to promote and strengthen international humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.


Last Updated: 10 August 2017
Items being handed out by Red Cross staff.
A woman in South Sudan collects a bucket, soap and other emergency household items from an ICRC distribution point. Credit: ICRC/Krzysiek, Pawel.
Women with Red Cross branded goods.
ICRC is providing food and fishing kits to those affected by violence in South Sudan. Credit: ICRC.
Medical staff with patient.
An ICRC nurse treating a patient who was injured by fighting in Mosul, Iraq. Credit: CR Finlande/ Mansikkamaki, Saara.
Woman hugging child with Red Cross staff in the background.
A mother is reunited with her son who was kidnapped and then released by an armed group in Central African Republic. Credit: ICRC/ Herby, Christopher.