Empress Shôken Fund
In 2018, the Fund received the larger number of applications in its history: over 50 National Societies applied for grants. The Joint Commission is pleased to announce that it has selected more recipients than in the past, and increased its support by 29% – to the value of Sfr 423, 060.
The Fund will support fifteen projects: in Belarus, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, El Salvador, Honduras, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Maldives, Pakistan, Palau, Romania, Somalia and Uruguay.
The Joint Commission gave priority to projects that were especially innovative; it also sought to ensure geographical diversity and breadth of activity. In addition, National Societies that may have been under-represented in the past were given special consideration.
In the future, the Joint Commission will focus even more on projects that are innovative and have a strong learning focus so that the broader Movement is able to learn from project findings.
The Empress Shôken Fund is named after the Japanese Empress who, in 1912, inspired the Movement to create an international Fund in order to support the peacetime activities of National Societies.
This unique fund is jointly managed by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and International Committee of the Red Cross Joint Commission which, acting under its agreed rules of procedure, assesses grant applications from National Societies and announces its decisions on 11 April, the anniversary of the death of the Empress.