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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. 

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IRC testimony to the US Senate urging increased funding for refugees and displaced people

Ahead of a Senate hearing on appropriations for the State Department and the US Agency for International Development, the IRC submitted testimony to urge Congress to increase funding for programs that provide overseas and emergency refugee assistance, basic education, malnutrition relief, services for vulnerable children, and programs to counter gender-based violence. The IRC also asked Congress to work to improve the effectiveness, transparency, and accountability of humanitarian financing and to allocate 20,000 additional Special Immigrant Visas for U.S.-affiliated Afghans in FY22.

July 6, 2021
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IRC Strategy100

After 100 years of service, we want the impact of our programs and the influence of our ideas to further empower those caught in crisis to make lasting change in their lives. Read about our strategy.

July 1, 2021
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IRC Commitments at the Generation Equality Forum

The Generation Equality Forum can and should drive progress towards gender equality in humanitarian contexts. IRC has called for the Generation Equality Forum (GEF) to be purposefully inclusive of achieving gender equality in humanitarian contexts.

July 1, 2021
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The Impacts of Tutoring Informed by Social-Emotional Learning: An Analysis Across Crisis Contexts

As part of the Education in Emergencies: Evidence for Action (3EA) initiative, with start-up funding from Dubai Cares, we worked to develop, provide and evaluate complementary education programs to children enrolled in public schools in Lebanon, Niger and Sierra Leone.

June 28, 2021
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IRC Afghanistan - Drought Assessment - June 2021

Between May 4th-12th, 2021 the International Rescue Committee (IRC) conducted a drought needs assessment in the provinces of Herat, Badghis, Pakitya, Helmand and Khost to get a clear understanding of the impact of the situation caused by the extreme weather conditions that have affected different parts of the world, including Afghanistan. A sample from 484 community members across the five provinces show that water resources are becoming increasingly scarce as result of slow onset drought conditions, with reported cases of increased conflict over water in various communities. Pastoralists have started experiencing loss of livestock and strain on pastoral livelihoods and this will worsen as food prices increase; it has already been reported that some households have not been able meet their food needs. Key findings include: -83% of 484 people interviewed are already experiencing displacement within their communities -75% respondents reported an increase in conflict arising in areas where water supplies have depleted -81% of participants with children under the age of 5 reported diarrhea and illness owing to a lack of clean water -Interviewees said that some families are being pushed towards extreme survival measures  such as selling off their assets,livestocks reducing the number of meals, and child marriage To prevent large-scale displacement, early response is required to support households faced with challenges of food security and livelihoods in form of cash-based assistance or food distributions. Livelihood support should also be prioritised to protect household assets including provision of livestock fodder and veterinary service. This drought assessment report did not include the other major humanitarian factors such as COVID-19, food security situation and conflict, which impact the lives of the Afghans as a whole.

June 16, 2021
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This World Refugee Day, Restore Welcome At Home

This World Refugee Day, the U.S. should redouble its efforts to address the regional displacement crisis in the Americas by increasing its commitments to refugee protection in three key areas.

June 15, 2021
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Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the IRC: Progress Report 2021

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) is a key component of the IRC’s strategy and vision, and has been identified as a core global priority for our new strategic plan, Strategy 100.

June 15, 2021
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When COVID-19 Vaccines Are Not Enough: Ensuring Delivery to the Last Mile

Five ways to ensure the effective delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to the last mile

June 14, 2021
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Refugees are courageous illustration to color

Download a version of Diala Brisly's illustration embodying the statement "Refugees are courageous" that you can color.

June 12, 2021
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When "We Know Nothing": Recommendations for Ethical Research and Learning with and for LGBTQI People in Humanitarian Settings

Recommendations from LGBTQI-led and -serving organization representatives, researchers, and activists on ethical and equitable research practices on LGBTQI people in emergencies.

June 11, 2021

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