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The Red Cross Red Crescent Research Consortium (RC3)

Distributed network of research, academic or scientific entities and initiatives within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

Who are we?

RC3 is the Red Cross and Red Crescent Research Consortium. It is an open, collaborative, and coordinated network of entities and initiatives created within the International Movement that are entirely or partially dedicated to conducting and promoting research in the humanitarian field based on scientific methods. Besides connecting their specific expertise, RC3 members join forces to improve the quality of research across the International Movement and to support the Movement  to better utilize research to achieve its community-driven goals and missions aligned with the strategic frameworks of the IFRC International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).


Our Vision: Research Connected to Humanity 


The added value of RC3 collective efforts resides in integrating and making more accessible the academic communities, scientific results, and expertise to help alleviate human suffering through building safe, resilient, and sustainable communities. Through the notion of knowledge as a common good, it aims at improving the quality and impact of humanitarian services based on quality research conducted across the International Movement. RC3 supports National Societies, the IFRC, and the ICRC in their transformation process, analyzing their environments and operations to be better prepared to address and respond to global humanitarian challenges. 


Our approach: Bridging evidence-based humanitarian practices and policies (at local, national, regional, and international levels). 


RC3 means of action are using primary and secondary data, collaborations with the academic sector, editorial tools, scientific research events, and training development. RC3 promotes and supports Movement-wide research collaborations and the development of a strong scientific and evidence-based research culture rooted in a people-centered approach. It establishes resources and expertise synergies between its members and the Movement entities. 

Our strategy: achieve a greater humanitarian impact based on an evidence-based culture with optimized resources. 



Members of the RC3

Active Members

  • International Review of the Red Cross (Geneva)

  • PIROI Center (Saint Denis de la Réunion)

  • Norwegian Red Cross (Norway)

  • Global First Aid Reference Centre (France)

  • Asia Pacific Disaster Resilience Center (South Korea)

  • Red Cross Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Reference Centre (Caribbean)

  • Health in Emergencies- Canadian Red Cross (Canada)

  • French Red Cross Foundation (France)

  • Global Disaster Preparedness Center (USA)

  • Turkish Red Crescent Academy (Türkiye)

  • IFRC Interamerican Centre for Volunteering Development (Americas)

  • ICRC Centre for Operational Research and Experience (CORE)

  • RCRC Global Migration Lab (Australia)

  • Humanitarian Observatory of the Argentinian Red Cross (Argentina)

  • German Red Cross (Germany)

  • 510 Initiative of the Netherlands Red Cross (Netherlands)

  • International Centre of Humanitarian Affairs (Kenya)

  • Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (Netherlands)

Associate members

  • IFRC Psychosocial Centre (Denmark)

  • Livelihoods Resource Centre (Spain)

Steering committee 

RC3 has a steering committee in place to support its daily coordination, consult members and make recommendations, and represent the consortium in external fora. 

The steering committee is made up of 5 to 8 voluntary members’ representatives who reflect the diversity of the consortium.

Current members of the Steering Committee

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