The International Rescue Committee provides direct assistance for people as they try to feed their families and find a safe place to live, and we work to improve livelihoods opportunities for long-term economic wellbeing.

Women in South Kivu at a village savings group
Women in South Kivu at a village savings group where they save money in the form of buying shares.
Photo: Sinziana Demian/IRC

Learn more about our goals for economic wellbeing and how we are working to meet them:

Ensure that people in crisis areas have what they need to survive—including food, water, shelter and basic household items—without falling into debt or resorting to desperate measures

How we get there:

Ensure that people resettled in the United States have what they need to rebuild their lives and grow their assets

How we get there:

When the Tashtanov brothers fled their home in Uzbekistan and arrived to the United States, the IRC helped them learn English, find accommodation, secure a job and adjust to the American culture. Once on their feet, they opened up an auto repair shop called Five Brothers Automotive in Georgia.
Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/UNHCR

Ensure that people can become self-sufficient by engaging in safe and decent work and by managing and saving their resources

How we get there:

Ensure that women have the decision-making power to safely use and control resources

How we get there:

Explore our work on economic wellbeing.

Outcomes and evidence

The IRC's Outcomes and Evidence Framework supports people working in development and humanitarian aid to design effective programs. It delivers key information on outcomes related to health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power through theories of change that demonstrate how to achieve these outcomes, evidence for which interventions work or don’t work to achieve the outcomes, and guidance on how to measure progress against the outcomes.