Founded in 1919 in the aftermath of World War I, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.
The IFRC comprises 187 member Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, a secretariat in Geneva and more than 60 delegations strategically located to support activities around the world. There are more societies in formation. The Red Crescent is used in place of the Red Cross in many Islamic countries.
The IFRC vision
To inspire, encourage, facilitate and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies, with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering, and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936, as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work. The first school of social work in India, TISS was a pioneering effort with the objective of Social Welfare through academic excellence. Over the years, the Institute has, always reached out to support people affected by natural and human-made crisis. The Institute's work is centered around relief management; psychosocial support to women, children and other vulnerable groups; assessment of loss and impact to lives, property, livelihoods, environment and infrastructure; rehabilitation and development needs; mobilisation of human resources for relief and rehabilitation work; facilitating community participation in the reconstruction and rehabilitation process; policy and programme development support to government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs); coordination of civil society participation; training and capacity-building of personnel engaged in relief and rehabilitation work; publication and documentation; and conflict resolution and peace building initiatives.