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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. 


Urban context analysis toolkit

This paper provides guidance on how to apply the urban context analysis toolkit. The toolkit is a set of practical tools (such as questionnaires, analysis tables, and report templates) tailored for humanitarian organizations to conduct an analysis in urban responses by understanding the political, social, economic, service delivery and spatial dynamics. The toolkit was developed based on a series of pilots by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in five urban crises contexts with a focus on displacement crises.

July 10, 2017

Family planning saves lives and promotes resilience in humanitarian contexts

Although family planning is one of the most life-saving, empowering, and cost-effective interventions for women and girls, it remains an overwhelming gap in emergency responses due to a lack of prioritization and funding.

July 7, 2017

Integrated livelihoods and protection for displaced persons in urban humanitarian response

This guidance note provides ten core principles that practitioners can follow when aiming to integrate livelihoods and protection programming in urban humanitarian response, with a focus on supporting economic outcomes for beneficiaries.

June 28, 2017

Using ICT to facilitate access to information and accountability to affected populations in urban areas

This report outlines the findings from an assessment of ServiceInfo and Refugee.Info, drawing on perspectives and reflections from stakeholders across the humanitarian spectrum, including affected populations themselves. The objectives of this study were to describe how these platforms work, provide recommendations for how they might be improved, and explore how these platforms might become more sustainable over time. The findings within this report are intended for both internal IRC audiences as well as external audiences within the sector interested in ICT solutions for affected populations in urban crises.

June 28, 2017

16 key lessons on collecting and using client feedback: highlights from the IRC Client Voice and Choice / Ground Truth Solutions pilots

This brief reflects key learning about effective collection and use of client feedback, drawn from the IRC's pilots of the Ground Truth Solutions' constituent voice methodology.

June 22, 2017

Poor shelter conditions: Threats to health, safety and dignity

International Rescue Committee report analyzing overcrowded camp conditions in Sittwe in Myanmar's Rakhine State, and their impact on health and protection

June 14, 2017

Jordan Compact evidence based policy review – April 2017

This policy review examines the evidence for interventions proposed as part of the Jordan Compact, and their impact for individuals, labor markets, and local economies.

June 7, 2017

Financial capability for new Americans: lessons from early interventions with refugees

Drawing on data from more than 2,400 refugee households, as well as the International Rescue Committee’s work in 28 U.S. cities, this report aims to inform future program models in order to create more effective and responsive approaches to building financial capability, lasting economic security for all New Americans.

May 16, 2017

Integrated community case management in acute and protracted emergencies: case study for South Sudan

The report describes a mixed-methods case study conducted by the IRC and UNICEF of the impact of acute emergency on iCCM programming in Payinjiar County, South Sudan.

May 1, 2017

Urgent action needed to avert famine in Yemen: IRC Situational Briefing – April 20, 2017

Breaches of International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law during the two-year old conflict have precipitated the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, affecting 18 million people.

April 21, 2017