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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. 


Cost-efficiency analysis of basic needs programs

This document discusses the methodological decisions which arise when conducting cost-efficiency analysis, and suggests a standard approach for dealing with these issues in the context of humanitarian basic needs programs.

September 17, 2019

The IRC joins legal brief opposing the Trump administration's latest asylum ban

The IRC joined a group of twenty four NGOs and law school clinics in filing an amicus curiae (or “friend of the court”) brief in support of legal efforts to block implementation of an administration policy that would prevent people from applying for asylum if they traveled through another country before arriving at the U.S. southern border.

September 5, 2019

10 things to know about the global refugee crisis and America’s lack of leadership

On the heels of news that the Trump Administration is considering resettling zero refugees next year, a new IRC report shows that America’s retreat from global leadership in refugee protection comes at a time of acute global crisis.

July 30, 2019

RescueWorks: Unlocking Refugee Women's Potential

The IRC's research shows that refugee women could generate up to $1.4 trillion to annual global GDP if employment and wage gaps were closed.

July 24, 2019

Working with detained populations in Greece and Libya

This study explores the ethical challenges that the International Rescue Committee faced in its work with detained migrant and asylum-seeking populations in Greece and Libya over the past four years.

July 9, 2019

Access to Justice for Rohingya and Host Community in Cox's Bazar

This report based on the findings of an assessment that aimed at improving the understanding of key factors affecting the newly arrived Rohingya as well as the established refugee community and the host communities to access justice systems in Bangladesh. The report outlines the current context, the existing legal framework of the Rohingya in Bangladesh and key actors with influencing access to justice mechanisms.

July 8, 2019

Innovative financing for responses to refugee crises

This report provides an overview and assessment of innovative financing concepts and instruments that could be applied to support the response to refugee crises.

June 20, 2019

With record high global displacement numbers, how is the U.S. responding?

Today, we face an unprecedented global crisis. Find out what the numbers tell us and what Congress can do to help.

June 18, 2019

World Bank Financing to Support Refugees and Their Hosts: Recommendations for IDA19

In its 18th replenishment of the International Development Association (IDA18, covering 2017–2020), the World Bank made a game-changing decision to create a US$2 billion financing window to support low-income countries hosting large numbers of refugees.

June 17, 2019

Where’s the Money? How the Humanitarian System is Failing to Fund an End of Violence Against Women and Girls

Violence against women and girls is a global problem of epidemic proportions. Evidence shows that over one-third of women and girls globally will experience some form of violence in their lifetime. Regardless of where they live, their religion or culture, or what stage of life they are in, each is a target of violence specifically because of her gender and the gender discrimination that persists globally.

June 10, 2019