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The International Rescue Committee uses our learning and experience to assist people affected by crisis and shape humanitarian policy and practice. Browse our research and resources. 


One Year On: The state of refugee inclusion in the World Bank’s response to COVID-19

This policy brief offers ways the World Bank can standardize refugee inclusion across COVID-19 responses and continue to leverage financing for more inclusive national policies. The brief features case studies on Chad, Jordan, and Pakistan to spotlight different levels of inclusion across World Bank-funded COVID-19 response plans.

April 15, 2021

The Sahel: what needs to change

The IRC has joined 48 organizations in this report which recommends a reorientation from a militaristic approach to a humanitarian/civilian-oriented approach.

April 15, 2021

More of the same: Biden to admit fewer refugees than any president in U.S. history

New analysis by the International Rescue Committee reveals that midway through the 2021 fiscal year, only 2,050 refugees have been admitted to the United States, a new historical low despite promises by the Biden administration to immediately increase the number of refugees allowed to resettle into the United States.

April 11, 2021

IRC COVID-19 response 12-month report

With your support, the IRC has been able to adapt our lifesaving programs while combating the spread of COVID-19 in 40 countries worldwide.

April 7, 2021

Keeping Children Safe and Learning in a Pandemic: Education, Conflict, and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the education of more than one billion children and youth worldwide. Children in humanitarian settings are experiencing the compound crises of a public health emergency and additional barriers to their opportunities to learn, develop and thrive. School systems have responded in varying ways but children in crisis settings face unique challenges. In response, the IRC has responded in nimble and innovative ways to continue reaching the families we serve in the face of school closures and other disruptions

April 5, 2021

Working children in crisis-hit Lebanon: Exploring the linkage between food insecurity and child labor

In 2020, the IRC and the Lebanon Protection consortium (LPC) partnered to explore the linkage between food insecurity and child labor, and its recent evolution in Lebanon given the multiple crises that hit the country and the deteriorating overall environment.

March 22, 2021

10 Years of War in Syria: The Lasting Impact of a Childhood Without Peace

This brief presents new analysis on how the war is impacting the wellbeing of children at home, how the IRC's partnership with Sesame Workshop - Ahlan Simsim - is providing solutions for these children, and the actions the international community must take to avoid losing ten more years of childhood to war.

March 15, 2021

Improving Outcomes for Syrian Refugee Children: Lessons from Social-Emotional Learning Tutoring Programs in Lebanon

The IRC implemented Tutoring in a Healing Classroom in Lebanon for Syrian refugee students enrolled in Lebanese public schools over the course of two years. NYU/TIES rigorously evaluated the impact of Tutoring in a Healing Classroom (referred to subsequently in this brief as HCT) and the potential benefit of adding different skill-targeted SEL interventions

March 8, 2021

Leave No One Behind: How to include Crisis-Affected Populations in the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Gender-Based Violence

Governments, UN agencies, civil society and the private sector have a unique opportunity through the Generation Equality GBV Action Coalition to mobilise commitments and resources to dramatically increase access for women and girls to GBV prevention and response services in humanitarian crises

March 8, 2021

A Decade of Destruction: Attacks on health care in Syria

As Syria marks ten years of war, this report explores the widespread and devastating impact that a decade of systematic attacks on health facilities has had on Syrian civilians, and the crippling effect the decimation of the country’s health care system has had on its ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 2, 2021