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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. 


Global Rapid Gender Analysis for COVID-19

CARE first developed a policy brief to review lessons learned from previous public health emergencies.2 CARE then adapted its Rapid Gender Analysis toolkit to develop the Global Rapid Gender Analysis on COVID-19, conducted in consultation with the International Rescue Committee (IRC). This report is for humanitarians working in fragile contexts that are likely to be affected by the COVID-19 crisis. It is organised around broad themes and areas of focus of particular importance to those whose programming advances gender equality and reduces gender inequalities. It seeks to deepen the current gender analysis available by encompassing learning from global gender data available for the COVID-19 public health emergency.

March 31, 2020

IRC Ethics and Compliance Unit 2019 Annual Report

The International Rescue Committee’s Ethics and Compliance Unit (ECU), created in 2016, issues its first Annual Report summarizing the development of the unit and its work in 2019.

March 30, 2020

They Know Best - Testing intervention packages to improve adolescents’ access to and use of sexual and reproductive health services in emergencies

Testing intervention packages to improve adolescents’ access to and use of sexual and reproductive health services in emergencies

March 11, 2020

Unprepared for (re)integration

This study informs programming and policies in relation to refugee returns and, specifically, with regards to their (re)integration within urban areas, with a focus on Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria

February 27, 2020

These Rights are Mine: disability rights among refugees and the host community in Tanzania

This brief describes the key findings from an IRC assessment conducted in Kigoma, Tanzania to understand the status of disability rights, as well as challenges faced by persons with disabilities, among refugees and the host community.

February 25, 2020

Four decades of presidential leadership on refugee protection, until now

For four decades, U.S. presidents have strengthened America’s humanitarian tradition of welcoming refugees. Today, this legacy is in jeopardy.

February 14, 2020

Not All That Bleeds is Ebola – how the DRC outbreak impacts reproductive health

In 2019, IRC led an assessment in DRC to understand the impact of Ebola response on reproductive health services and to make recommendations for improving care.

February 3, 2020

Narrowing the gender gap in Yemen: A gender analysis by the IRC

IRC Yemen conducted its first gender analysis with a programmatic focus in July-August, 2019. The findings have implications for IRC programs across a number of sectors. In total, 465 participants were consulted in 7 governorates and the findings reveal the “big picture” gender-related data trends in IRC’s areas of operation, with a focus on the following sectors: health, WASH, food security, multi-purpose cash assistance (MPCA) and NFI distributions, education and protection. The gender analysis was overseen by the Gender Equality Manager, Nuria Shuja Al-deen, with technical support from the East Africa Gender Advisor, Emmy Moorhouse, Senior Program Coordinator, Geneviève Gauthier and sector leads. Gender Equality Officers, Nessreen Hasan led the data collection efforts in Sana’a; and Rula Raed, led the activities in Aden, Abyan, Al Dhale’e and Lahj.

January 29, 2020

IRC comment opposing proposed expansion of asylum bars

These changes would constitute an unnecessary and punitive overhaul of the asylum protections enshrined in U.S. and international law.

January 24, 2020

IRC comment opposing proposed USCIS fee schedule changes

These proposed changes would disproportionately harm low-income immigrants by creating financial barriers to the progress of an immigrant’s integration in the U.S., delaying or even preventing status that is critical to safety, security and protection.

January 24, 2020