The resource architecture within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is a complex one and counting all the funds that move through the system is extremely challenging. We explored the various funding flows from the perspective of a recipient national society, the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS). Not only does the KRCS receive funding from some of the more ‘typical’ channels, it has also embarked on ambitious enterprises to increase the income raised within Kenya. Its two main ventures are a private ambulance service (E Plus), now Kenya’s largest ambulance service, and a chain of hotels (Red Court).
The study was carried out in February 2011 and set out to map the sources and volumes of funding as well as the scope of the various resource flows. In addition to this, the wider contribution of the KRCS to the country’s overall humanitarian response was explored, which included consideration of the Society’s auxiliary role to the Government, the extent of its autonomy, its role within the humanitarian system and its relationship with key stakeholders.
The report can be found here.