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Project information

RedR: Training People to Save Lives

When disaster strikes, local communities and NGOs need support to rebuild their lives. RedR helps them do this by training those in disaster-prone areas to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters and conflict.


Charity information: RedR

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  • Need


    2014 featured the highest number of natural catastrophes ever recorded. Around the world, the impact of these disasters is increased due to a lack of training in how to face them.

    Many local communities, NGOs, and government agencies are not fully prepared to respond to natural or man-made emergencies. This exacerbates the effects of disasters, and can result in a loss of life, housing, and livelihood. With the right training and strategy, these are losses that can be prevented.


    RedR works to solve this by providing training to local communities and NGOs in countries most at-risk from disasters. Local people are often the first to respond to a crisis, and so by doing this we aim to give people the skills to prepare for, and respond to, emergencies.

    Less reliance on international aid will lead to a more long-term and effective response to a disaster, and will help to minimise their impact and ensure local communities are able to rebuild in a safe and sustainable way.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Ensuring local communities in disaster-prone areas are prepared for future crises.


    » Training: provide a range of workshops on disaster risk management for local populations living in areas identified as being high-risk.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by the numbers of local community members supported through RedR training.

    Aim 2

    Strengthen national and international humanitarian workers’ ability to respond to emergencies.


    » Training: provide specialised courses for NGOs and government agencies so that they are able to coordinate effective responses to disasters.
    » Technical support: RedR has a roster of technical humanitarian experts who regularly provide essential advice to disaster relief efforts.
    » KnowledgePoint: a free, online technical advice service for humanitarians working in disaster-affected countries.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by the numbers of humanitarian staff supported through RedR training and advice, and by using website analytics.

    Aim 3

    Enable local communities to build back stronger after a disaster.


    » Training: run essential courses for local communities to provide them with technical skills to help them rebuild in a sustainable way.
    » Technical support: RedR technical experts provide technical advice to local communities after a disaster.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by the number of local community members who receive training and technical support through RedR’s work.

  • Impact


    The long-term effects of our work is the reduction in the impact of disasters on local communities. This is achieved by the increase in skills and capacity of those living and working in disaster-prone regions to respond effectively to a crisis.

    This will be demonstrated through RedR’s evaluation processes. We will be able to show the numbers of humanitarians trained, and will follow up with participants post-training to record feedback and monitor the effects of our work.


    One risk RedR faces is ensuring training meets local needs. We address this by undertaking a thorough needs assessment before beginning a project, and by maintaining regular contact with community groups in the countries we are operate in.

    A second risk is demonstrating impact. The effects of our training are often long-term and difficult to quantify. We have addressed this by developing a monitoring and evaluation system that analyses the impact of our work effectively as possible.


    We update all donors through our bi-annual RedAlert magazine, and through seasonal communications updates. We also have an active online and social media presence where we post news and information about our work, allowing us to reach out to donors in a quick and effective way.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,774,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,989,000 International Programme Training for local humanitarian workers based in Sudan, Kenya, Pakistan, and the Middle East.
      £2,109,000 UK & Europe Programme Training for international humanitarian workers working around the world.
      £676,000 Fundraising, admin Cost of adminstering, managing & governing RedR's work, including fundraising and M&E costs.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Institutional donors, e.g. ECHO, DFID & UNHCR £1,313,000 Guaranteed
    Restricted fundraising income, e.g. trusts/foundations. £1,785,000 Guaranteed
    Unrestricted fundraising, e.g. individual giving, corporate partners £777,233 Guaranteed
    Training fees £824,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    RedR has offices in the UK, Pakistan, Sudan, Kenya and Jordan. We operate internationally, and have been working in many of the recent major disaster-zones: Nepal, the Philippines, Syria and Haiti.

    In 2014 alone, there were 335 disaster events. Of these, 189 were natural catastrophes, the highest ever recorded, and 147 were man-made disasters. More than 12,700 lost their lives or went missing in the disasters.


    The ultimate beneficiaries of RedR’s work are the local people most affected by disasters around the world. By training aid workers, community members and other humanitarian actors in how to effectively prepare for and respond to disasters, we will be helping to reduce the threat and impact of future emergencies on these populations.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    With over 35 years’ experience working within the sector, RedR is one of the primary training organisations for humanitarian NGOs. Our training is well-respected and highly-valued within the sector, and we have extensive experience working with a range of organisations and communities in a variety of contexts around the world. On average, we train around 8,500 aid workers each year.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Martin McCann, CEO

    Martin leads RedR UK in its projects. His stewardship has helped us become the world's leading provider of training for aid workers worldwide.