International Federation of Red
Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies is the world's largest humanitarian organization,
providing assistance without discrimination as to
nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political
The Federation carries out relief operations to assist
victims of disasters, and combines this with development
work to strengthen the capacities of its member National
Societies. The Federation's work focuses on four core areas:
promoting humanitarian values, disaster response, disaster
preparedness, and health and community care.
International Committee of the
Red Cross (ICRC)
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an
impartial, neutral and independent organization whose
exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and
dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to
provide them with assistance. It directs and coordinates the
international relief activities conducted by the Movement in
situations of conflict. It also endeavors to prevent
suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law
and universal humanitarian principles. Established in 1863,
the ICRC is at the origin of the International Red Cross and
Red Crescent Movement.
AusAID is the Australian Government agency
responsible for managing Australia's overseas aid program.
The objective of the aid program is to assist developing
countries reduce poverty and achieve sustainable
development, in line with Australia's national interest.
AusAID provides advice and support to the Minister and
Parliamentary Secretary on development policy, and plans and
coordinates poverty reduction activities in partnership with
AusAID's head office is in Canberra. AusAID also has
representatives in 25 Australian diplomatic missions
The United States has a long history of extending
a helping hand to those people overseas struggling to make a
better life, recover from a disaster or striving to live in
a free and democratic country. It is this caring that stands
as a hallmark of the United States around the world -- and
shows the world our true character as a nation.
U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold
purpose of furthering America's foreign policy interests in
expanding democracy and free markets while improving the
lives of the citizens of the developing world. Spending less
than one-half of 1 percent of the federal budget, USAID
works around the world to achieve these goals.
USAID's history goes back to the Marshall Plan
reconstruction of Europe after World War Two and the Truman
Administration's Point Four Program. In 1961, the Foreign
Assistance Act was signed into law and USAID was created by
Since that time, USAID has been the principal U.S. agency
to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster,
trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic
USAID is an independent federal government agency that
receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary
of State. Our Work supports long-term and equitable economic
growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by
-Economic growth, agriculture and trade;
-Global health; and,
-Democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.
We provide assistance in five regions of the world:
-Latin America and the Caribbean,
-Europe and Eurasia; and
-The Middle East.
With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID's strength
is its field offices around the world. We work in close
partnership with private voluntary organizations, indigenous
organizations, universities, American businesses,
international agencies, other governments, and other U.S.
government agencies. USAID has working relationships with
more than 3,500 American companies and over 300 U.S.-based
private voluntary organizations.
-2007 and beyond
-2007 and beyond