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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. 


Rapid access expansion program (RAcE): faster, better, lower cost

Using simplified pictorial tools and a modified training curriculum to improve the quality and reduce the cost of integrated community case management (iCCM) in the Democratic Republic of Congo

April 21, 2017

Refugee compacts

A compact agreement is an innovative model for bringing together donors, development and humanitarian agencies, the private sector, and civil society under host-country leadership to achieve sustainable outcomes for refugees and host communities. We offer three key principles and 10 recommendations for policymakers to build effective compacts for refugee-hosting nations.

April 18, 2017

One year stranded & what's changed?

It is one year since the introduction of Europe’s flawed migration policies to close borders along the Western Balkan route and return migrants and refugees to Turkey, leaving thousands stranded in Greece. This update provides an overview of the current situation in Greece, and sets out what eight national and international responding agencies see as the most urgent issues to address and the major concerns with Europe’s response to this crisis.

April 13, 2017

Solving the refugee employment problem in Jordan: A survey of Syrian refugees

In Jordan, there are an estimated 1.2 million Syrian refugees, the vast majority of which are unemployed. To address this crisis, the Jordan Compact, a new partnership between the international community and Government of Jordan that provides a pathway to economic opportunity for both refugees and Jordanians, was crafted.

April 13, 2017

Turkana: a view from the drought

IRC country director for Kenya, Conor Phillips, provides his first-hand account on Medium of deteriorating conditions in Northern Kenya, as famine threatens the lives of 30 million people in East Africa and beyond.

April 7, 2017

Out of sight, exploited and alone

A joint brief on the situation for unaccompanied and separated children in Bulgaria, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia

April 2, 2017

The reality of the EU-Turkey statement: How Greece has become a testing ground for policies that erode protection for refugees

In a new report, the International Rescue Committee and two other organizations showcase how vulnerable people are forced to live in degrading conditions, and it outlines the many ways in which asylum seekers are barred from exercising their right to a fair asylum process.

March 17, 2017

Impact of war on Syrian children’s learning: testing shows gaps in literacy and math skills

Recent IRC study reveals sizeable challenges related to learning in assessed schools and point to the need for continued research and support for quality education to ensure children are in school, safe, and learning.

March 13, 2017

Cost efficiency analysis: distributing family planning materials

This analysis examines four family planning programs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kenya, Liberia, and Myanmar, and considers the cost efficiency of delivering family planning services in each case.

February 27, 2017

Scale right: coordinating improved cash assistance in Greece

As organizations plan to enter a new phase of scaled response in Greece, this research report takes stock of implementation thus far, documents lessons learned throughout implementation, and considers design options for a coordinated and coherent cash approach across NGOs, including planning for eventual handover to the Greek national social welfare system.

February 14, 2017