How we assist National Societies

The IFRC Reference Centre for Pyschosocial Support (PS Centre) helps Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies develop the capacity to provide PS services at the community level in areas affected by catastrophic events and armed conflicts.

In practical terms, the PS Centre provides the following range of psychosocial support (PSS) services:

  • capacity building through training of trainers
  • assessments and evaluations in preparation for, and after completion of, PS interventions
  • support and advisement following emergencies in the relief phase
  • technical support during the implementation phase of new activities or programmes
  • support to the formation and maintenance of local networks
  • programme assistance to National Societies on how best to integrate PSS and PS care into their daily work and care for volunteers.
  • The cost of undertaking such activities is usually covered by the National Society that requests the support. However, in the case of low-income countries, with no funding options, this cost may sometimes be waived. The PS Centre maintains a list of professional volunteer consultants in order to be able to provide training, as well as other services, at all times. These consultants are asked to undertake missions upon request and are normally paid by the organization for which they work.

    Working with National Societies, the PS Centre aims to:

  • increase awareness regarding PS reactions during times of disaster or social disruption
  • facilitate psychological and PSS
  • promote restoration of community networks and coping mechanisms
  • enable National Societies in particular to understand, and respond better to, the PS needs of vulnerable groups
  • promote emotional assistance to staff and volunteers dealing with these groups (care for the carers).
  • The PS Centre does not undertake any direct interventions with affected people. Instead, we assist National Societies in doing so through their local staff and volunteers. We also help to build regional and local PSS networks.

    Continue the discussion

    • Akarshan Pradhan says:

      Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) is a voluntary organization engaged in humanitarian activities with skilled volunteers and staff members spread all over the nation. Major activities of NRCS are being carried out by the human resource consisting of volunteers and staff members. To improve on potentials of human resources, it has been imperative to develop, manage and carry out activities by formulating overall human resource development plans for effective management of existing human resources in order to increase expertise, efficiency and effectiveness.

      Human Resource Development Institute

      Human Resource Development Institute (HRDI) was established in 2012 AD. It was established as “Excellence in Management” for the fulfilment of self-serving skills and dedicated to the improvement of the managerial and organizational system of customers’ institute.

      HRDI is devoted in order to produce basic and medium level human resources within as well as outside NRCS, ensure providing consultancy services, manage professional training courses and set standards for skills required for verification.


      HRDI aims at being the leading institute of high quality innovative management and organizational development in the country and SARD/SAARC region.

      Management development through training, research and study
      Strategic Objectives

      1. To provide training services to help build both “core competencies” and “specific area competencies” of governance and management.
      2. To develop trainers and building training capacity of CBOs/NGOs and District Chapters of Nepal Red Cross Society.
      3. To conduct organizational development (OD) research services to help bring about reforms in organizations.
      4. To provide information and research services with a focus on programmatic research and analysis to help review, evaluate, appraise and design program related initiatives and activities.
      5. To promote and collaborate with local, national and international partners for expanding coverage of institutional services and building apabilities for doing so.
      6. To develop internal organizational and management capacities to deliver institutional services efficiently and effectively through the HRDI.

      So we wish to work together on Psychological and Pass activities. Wish to receive your response on this.


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