Reports and resources
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.
Pushing the boundaries of humanitarianism: a survey of the ethical landscape
The report provides an overview of ethnical challenges facing the humanitarian system, leveraging insights gained from academics and practitioners from around the humanitarian community.
Needs Assessment Report: Burkina Faso - Sahel Region
The International Rescue Committee entered Burkina Faso in late March to begin an emergency needs assessment. The assessment began in Ouagadougou to conduct key informant interviews with other actors in country and to determine the priority location for this assessment, details of which are included below. Primary data collection was then conducted in Djibo to better understand priority needs of displaced Burkinabe and any gaps in the services currently available.
Activist Toolkit: Trump Administration attacks low-income immigrants
Take action to stop a new proposal by the Trump administration that would make it harder for nearly two-thirds of all immigrants to access the immigration system.
Reality makes our decisions: ethical challenges in humanitarian health in situations of extreme violence
A report examining ethical challenges in humanitarian contexts where violence targets civilians, particularly health personnel.
Participatory Development in Fragile and Conflict-affected Contexts: An Impact Evaluation of the Tuungane 2 Program
Community Driven Development (CDD) is a bottom-up model of development that aims to put the people in the driver’s seat. This report presents findings from an evaluation of the Tuungane 2 program, a major CDD program in Eastern Congo, funded by the UK government and implemented by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) between 2011 and 2014. The Tuungane 2 (T2) program was carried out in 1,025 Village Development Committee areas (VDCs) in the provinces of South Kivu, North Kivu, Maniema and Katanga, representing an estimated beneficiary population of around 1.7 million individuals. This study investigates to what extent Tuungane 2 activities are associated with improvements across five families of outcomes: 1) constructive engagement between service users and duty bearers; 2) improvements in service provisions in the health and education sector, 3) improvements in health and education; 4) improvements in governance related outcomes such as participation, accountability, efficiency, transparency and capture; and lastly 5) improvements in women’s empowerment.
Participatory Development in Fragile and Conflict-affected Contexts: An Impact Evaluation of Tuungane 1
Community Driven Development (CDD) is a bottom-up model of development that aims to put the people in the driver’s seat. This report presents findings from a long-term impact evaluation of the Tuungane 1 program, a major CDD program in Eastern Congo, funded by the UK government and implemented by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and CARE International between 2007 and 2011. The evaluation focuses on three sets of key outcomes of interest to the program: 1) the quality of service provision in the health and education sectors; 2) health, education and economic welfare outcomes; and 3) women’s empowerment.
IRC needs assessment report: Mexico-northern border
A new IRC survey from the Mexico-U.S. border finds needs are overwhelming available services. Women and children are at risk.
David Miliband in The Guardian: The most vulnerable pay for Trump's 'manufactured crisis'
IRC chief says U.S. government ‘failing in its most basic responsibilities’ in its handling of border issues
Disorder by design: a manufactured U.S. emergency and the real crisis in Central America
This IRC report reveals the manufactured tensions created by the Trump administration at the U.S.-Mexico border and the real crisis in Central America, and recommends solutions.
The IRC’s top research findings from 2018 and 2019
This document highlights the International Rescue Committee's top insights from 2018 and those to watch out for in 2019.