After using this resource and completing this activity, learners will be able to: • Understand better the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Movement; • Apply those principles to promoting a culture of non-violence and peace; Look critically to principles of humanitarianism.
Please read the report ‘From Fundamental Principles to individual action: Making the Principles come alive to promote a culture of non-violence and peace’ and answer the quiz below.
ALNAP is a unique system-wide network involving key international humanitarian organisations and experts, dedicated to improving humanitarian performance through increased learning and accountability. Humanitarian Evaluation and Learning Portal (HELP) is a knowledge pool for the humanitarian sector.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the world's largest humanitarian network. The Movement is neutral and impartial, and provides protection and assistance to people affected by disasters and conflicts. The seven Fundamental Principles of the Movement were officially announced at the 20th International Conference of the Movement in 1965 in Vienna, they are humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. The Principles serve as an ethical framework to the Movement and to guide the actions of staff and volunteers to fulfil the mission of the Movement.
The promotion of a culture of non-violence and peace has been guided by Katrien Beeckman since 2008 who has been the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Head of the Principles and Values Department. By making the Principles and values come alive in peoples’ behaviour, the individual perspective as opposed to the operational and institutional enables Red Cross and Red Crescent staff and volunteers to inspire a change of mind-set and behaviour towards culture of non-violence and peace.