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The Foundation

The French Red Cross Foundation is a research foundation dedicated to humanitarian and social action. A foundation of public utility (FRUP), it represents the will of the French Red Cross to promote scientific knowledge, ethical reflection and social innovation in order to advance action in the service of the most vulnerable.

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The French Red Cross Foundation supports research on humanitarian and social action by awarding about 10 postdoctoral fellowships each year. Consult our current calls for applications!

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The Foundation strives to disseminate the knowledge generated by its research activities as widely as possible, in particular through the production of quality, open access publications.

14 December 2018

Partnership logics, part of the Foundation’s DNA

La mission de la Fondation revient à construire des ponts entre le monde universitaire, les sociétés civiles de France et d’ailleurs, les acteurs de l’aide, les institutions publiques et les acteurs privés. Tour d’horizon de nos partenariats.

14 December 2018

“Humanitarian actors must give more time to the analysis...

An interview of Laurent Vidal, Director of Research at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), a major partner for the organisation of our yearly scientific seminar in Yaounde

14 December 2018

“Modern medicine could collaborate with the matrons”

The district of Ambovombe-Androy is strongly affected by climate hazards and food insecurity. Located in the south of Madagascar, it also provides an example of a traditional society which is deeply rooted in the lives of the population, with codified behaviours and social relationships. Tantely Andrianantoandro, Foundation research grantee,...

11 December 2018

“We must break with the duality between the traditional...

In the context of development assistance, NGOs willingly lend their support to the “informal” sector. Analysing the micro-activities of the agro-food transformation in Ouagadougou, Roberta Rubino, Foundation research grantee, questions the strategy which aims to help traditional micro-activities at the expense of semi-industrial businesses. In her opinion, the choice...

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