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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. 


Navigating the shift to digital humanitarian assistance

Lessons from the IRC’s experience shifting first from in-kind to cash and from physical cash to digital cash; enabling factors and barriers to working with digital payment providers, including mobile money.

December 30, 2019

Watchlist 2020 technical notes

The 2019 Watchlist was developed by building on methodologies implemented in previous years to identify countries at risk of humanitarian crisis in the coming year. The methods used for the 2020 Watchlist are described here to ensure transparency and reproducibility.

December 20, 2019

Supporting Adolescents and their Families in Emergencies (SAFE) Project Brief

SAFE is a protection and psychosocial support program model and resource package for front-line actors to engage adolescents in the early phase of an emergency response.

December 16, 2019

Ruled out of work: Refugee women’s legal right to work 

This briefing assesses the impact of the law on refugee women’s right to work and access economic opportunities in high refugee hosting countries. 

December 15, 2019

IRC Client Responsive Programming Framework

This framework explains client responsiveness at the IRC, which reflects our commitment to meaningful participation of people receiving our aid and services, delivered directly and in partnership.

December 11, 2019

How to talk to your family about refugees, asylum and the border this holiday season

As you gather together with family and friends to celebrate this holiday season, take the opportunity to share important facts about resettlement and asylum.

December 6, 2019

Toolkit: How to fight against unfair USCIS fees

On November 14, 2019, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a proposal to radically increase application fees paid by immigrants and introduce a new fee for asylum applications. Find out how you can take action.

December 5, 2019

The Role of the World Bank in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations

The geography of poverty is changing. Extreme poverty is increasingly concentrated in places characterized by fragility and violent conflict: by 2030, 85 percent of the extreme poor—some 342 million people—will live in fragile and conflict-affected states.1 Yet just one in five fragile states are on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).2 Meaningful progress on the goal of reducing global extreme poverty requires meeting the development needs of vulnerable populations in fragile contexts; but assistance in these contexts has traditionally been limited to short-term humanitarian aid, ill-equipped to address underlying development challenges. World Bank leadership, staff, and shareholders recognize that protracted crises and associated mass displacement and chronic extreme hunger, as well as threats from sudden-onset emergencies such as climate disasters and pandemics, threaten development progress. Driving progress in these complex environments is the only way that the World Bank will meet its twin goals of reducing global poverty and improving shared prosperity, and address the underlying drivers of some of the world’s most protracted crises.

December 3, 2019

“The war destroyed our dreams:” why the international community should invest in Yemen’s peace

Almost one year since the Stockholm agreement, the war in Yemen continues unabated. New IRC report highlights the devastating impact of continued conflict on ordinary Yemenis. The international community must push the warring parties to build on a rare window of opportunity for peace to secure a nationwide ceasefire.

December 1, 2019

Shifting social norms: a gender analysis of time poverty, paid work and masculinity in Jordan

In 2018, the IRC assisted over 120,000 Syrian refugees and low-income Jordanians to access healthcare, protection, education and income generation opportunities. One of the recent changes that IRC staff have noticed is that Syrian women are taking on more of an income earning role than was the norm back in Syria and that this is creating changes in household dynamics.

November 26, 2019