IRC in the News
A new study from an aid agency finds that when it comes to helping refugees, direct cash transfers might be the best way to go. The organization International Rescue Committee has been providing help to some of the estimated 2.9 million Syrians who’ve fled into nearby countries to escape their own civil war. More than 1 million have settled in Lebanon alone, and that’s where IRC recently carried out an interesting experiment.
The founder of the popular Greek yogurt brand Chobani has committed $2-million to address the refugee crisis along Turkey’s borders, a rare gift amid near silence from private philanthropists in response to the humanitarian crisis in the region.
International Rescue Committee (IRC) chief David Miliband described this situation last week when he spoke of a 'growing mismatch between humanitarian need and humanitarian provision'. At a meeting on urban displacement hosted by the IRC at Ditchley Park in Oxfordshire, Miliband argued that the international humanitarian system was failing to keep pace with the changing nature of crises as they become more frequent, more protracted, and more complex.
Impact evaluations often come with a steep price tag, but in settings where data can be limited and where respondents and researchers alike are potentially vulnerable to a constantly changing environment, the costs of conducting them could be even greater.
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