Empress Shôken Fund
The Fund received 47 applications in 2019, covering a diverse range of humanitarian projects run by National Societies in every region of the world. This year the Joint Commission agreed to allocate a total of 395,782 CHF to 14 projects in Bolivia, Cyprus, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, Singapore, Slovenia, Suriname, Thailand, Ukraine and Vanuatu.
The projects to be supported in 2019 cover a number of themes, including displaced people, disaster preparedness in vulnerable communities, and social cohesion and inclusion. Moreover, nearly all of the selected projects seek to strengthen the volunteer base of National Societies, with a view to building on the unique role played by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in communities everywhere.
Going forward, the Joint Commission will continue to focus on innovative projects that are geared towards learning so that the broader Movement can benefit 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.