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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. 


A WIN-WIN: Multi-year flexible funding is better for people and better value for donors

This report by International Rescue Committee (IRC), with support from Development Initiatives (DI), builds on the already strong evidence base for multi-year flexible funding. A comparative analysis of two cash programmes in Somalia funded by DFID and Sida, which draws on data collected using the Systematic Cost Analysis (SCAN) tool developed by IRC with Save the Children and Mercy Corps, provides preliminary indications of quantifiable cost efficiency gains of multi-year funding.

June 15, 2020

The double burden of COVID-19 and locusts in East Africa

Coinciding with COVID-19, desert locust swarms in the Horn and East Africa may cause massive crop failure and food insecurity. Here's what you need to know

June 3, 2020

Examining the impact of the CARES Act on working families

Along with special guests from Prosperity Now, the IRC examines how the recent stimulus acts, including the Cares Act, provides reliefs for working families struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 2, 2020

Leaving No One Behind: Refugee Inclusion in the World Bank’s Response to Covid-19

This policy brief offers five key actions the World Bank and its shareholders should take so that adequate and appropriate support reaches people caught in crisis, including refugees.

June 2, 2020

Reach Up and Learn in the Syria Response: Adapting and implementing an evidence-based home visiting program in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria

The report documents the experience of adapting and implementing this play-based home visiting intervention in a crisis setting and shares stories of community workers and caregivers participating in the program in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.  We are now scaling this intervention through our Ahlan Simsim program to reach even more children and caregivers.

May 1, 2020

Mitigating COVID-19 in humanitarian settings

The steps to contain COVID-19 should be designed locally, particularly in crisis settings, to avoid exacerbating humanitarian suffering. Read IRC recommendations.

April 28, 2020

Protecting the economic wellbeing of immigrants and refugees during COVID-19

The goal of this brief report is to provide a succinct, “real-time” snapshot of the main economic challenges that families are facing, adaptations that IRC programs are making, and the lessons that are emerging.

April 27, 2020

COVID-19 in humanitarian crises: a double emergency

The IRC finds conflict-affected and fragile countries face not only the direct health impacts of COVID-19 but also secondary havoc to already fragile humanitarian, economic, security and political environments.

April 9, 2020

Global Rapid Gender Analysis for COVID-19

This report is for humanitarians and seeks to deepen the current gender analysis available by encompassing learning from global gender data available for the COVID-19 public health emergency.

March 31, 2020

IRC Ethics and Compliance Unit 2019 Annual Report

The International Rescue Committee’s Ethics and Compliance Unit (ECU), created in 2016, issues its first Annual Report summarizing the development of the unit and its work in 2019.

March 30, 2020