Our Work

CADRIM & the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC)

A tool of the International Federation of the Red Cross Red Crescent Societies, CADRIM was established upon the behest of the Caribbean Red Cross Disaster Management Network in 2010 and builds on the best practices of the two other Reference Centres established several years prior: the Reference Centre for Community Resilience (CRREC), located in Costa Rica and the Reference Centre for Institutional Disaster Preparedness (CREPD), located in El Salvador. In 2014, a fourth Centre was established - the Reference Centre for Emergencies and pre-hospital service (CREMYAP), hosted by the Ecuadorian Red Cross.

The Red Cross Red Crescent Reference Centres are delegated functions of the IFRC and hosted in various Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies. Their primary function as ‘centres of excellence’ are to develop strategically important knowledge and best practices and provide technical support that will inform the future operations of the IFRC and National Societies in their key areas of interest and influence.

As with all other Learning Network resources, the reference centres are built on the founding principles, practice and thinking of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and of their host Red Cross or Red Crescent National Society.

The four Reference Centres fall directly within the Learning and Innovation Unit in the Americas Zone Office, located in Panama. This Learning and Innovation Unit aims to provide services and support to 35 National Societies, and support multilateral and bilateral efforts on Learning and Innovation; all with a goal to help National Societies enhance their leadership, organisational systems and capacities, and consider measures to enable transformations that allow them to realise their full potential in serving the communities of which they are a part. 

CADRIM is one of four Red Cross Reference Centres in the Americas and the only Reference Centre in the Caribbean.

As the sole Reference Centre in the Caribbean, the Centre specialises in research, systematization, validation and analysis of risk management methodologies for the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean National Societies. 


Established in 2010, this Reference Centre aims to reduce risk, especially to the most vulnerable in the Caribbean region through innovative and relevant activities and actions at the community and institutional levels within the Caribbean Region. 


CADRIM'S main objective is the development and adaptation of tools and methodologies to be used in improving community resilience and reducing disaster-related risk through early warning systems and early actions that fit the Caribbean context.


The staff and regular interns, with the technical support of the Red Cross Caribbean Disaster Management Network and other Red Cross networks, IFRC offices and partners produce contextual tools, methodologies and coordinate trainings to promote actions consistent with key global and regional Strategies and Frameworks such as the Hyogo Framework for Action, Strategy 2020, the Comprehensive Disaster Management Strategy for the Caribbean and the IFRC Community Resilience Framework.


CADRIM's priority areas:​

Knowledge Management and Information Sharing


Digital inventory & web library

CADRIM maintains a digital inventory and web library of high quality resource materials on community based disaster risk reduction relevant to the Caribbean.


Knowledge Capture & the Production of Knowledge Products

The Resource Center aims to capture lessons learned, good practices, case studies and success stories from the Caribbean National Societies and the IFRC in different ways. Audiovisual case studies are just one of the innovative mechanisms to capture and promote information but narrative case studies, reviews and evaluations are also ways in which we capture qualitative and quantitative experiences about our work in order to ensure organisational learning, and in turn enhance our productivity.

Visit our Evidence & Documentation Portal here.


Technical Exchanges and Internships 

Through the execution of technical exchanges and internships, CADRIM promotes the development, pilot and revision of materials through exchanges and internships for Red Cross Society staff and volunteers.


The Development of Disaster Risk Tools for the Caribbean Region

These Disaster Risk Tools include:

Selection Tool for Vulnerable Communities

In 2011, this Caribbean-specific tool, called the ‘Community Selection of Vulnerable Communities tool’ was developed through the Resource Center and piloted in eight Caribbean countries. Funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Canadian Red Cross, the tool takes into account the context of the region and the associated populations and risks with appropriate criteria presented in an easy-to-use but thorough Beta tool where data can be input, calculated and analyzed.


Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) produced a Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) module, known as the Climate Smart Community Disaster Management Module.  The IFRC, a partner in the process, adapted the tool to respond to the needs of Red Cross National Societies. The tool facilitates a Training for Facilitator’s on climate change and its impacts relevant to in the Caribbean region; and also a sensitization process in the community as a preliminary step to the VCA process.

Provision of Training & Capacity Building for Caribbean National Societies of the Red Cross

As the Reference Centre for Disaster Risk Management, CADRIM aims to ensure that Red Cross Societies within the Caribbean Region are well-equipped with the technical knowledge and skills to operate effectively within the Regional context.

Read more on our work in Training.