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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. 


Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) in emergencies toolkit

The MHM in Emergencies project is a collaboration between Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the International Rescue Committee, and supported by Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises. The aim of this project is to expand the evidence and guidance on MHM during emergencies. Along with adding to the evidence base, the project has developed an MHM in emergencies toolkit in partnership with the humanitarian response community.

October 6, 2017

The Fifth Child: Closing the immunization gap in Benishangul-Gumuz Regional State, Ethiopia

This report describes the implementation and evaluation of the “Fifth Child Project” to increase the use of immunization and perinatal services in northwestern Ethiopia.

October 2, 2017

Towards a new global compact on refugees: early lessons from East Africa

While progress has been made in bringing diverse development and humanitarian actors together under the leadership of host governments to address the needs of refugees and host communities, more still needs to be done to meet their urgent needs.

September 21, 2017

Syrian women refugees in Jordan: opportunity in the gig economy?

Many Syrian refugee women want to work but face hurdles. The gig economy, with protections for workers, could help change that.

September 13, 2017

Une crise silencieuse au Congo : Les Bantous et les Twas au Tanganyika

L’atténuation du conflit entre Bantous et Twas au Tanganyika en RDC demande des interventions de construction de la paix de long terme et un engagement pour la paix des autorités congolaises

August 31, 2017

A silent crisis in Congo: The Bantu and the Twa in Tanganyika

Mitigating the conflict between the Bantu and the Twa in Tanganyika in DRC will require longer-term peacebuilding interventions and a commitment for peace by Congolese authorities

August 31, 2017

Urban stakeholder engagement and coordination: A quick reference for humanitarian practitioners

This quick reference provides key principles and considerations for individual organisations to use when making decisions on how to engage and coordinate with local and international actors throughout the program life-cycle, to ensure effective implementation of the agency’s response. It is based on a longer guidance note by the same title. 

August 31, 2017

Urban stakeholder engagement and coordination: Guidance note for humanitarian practitioners

A rapidly urbanizing world presents both challenges and opportunities for humanitarian aid approaches. Urban areas often have a greater density of people and diversity of affected populations, stronger civil society, and more developed and complex governance structures, service delivery systems, and market systems. These factors heighten the importance of coordination and collaboration.

August 31, 2017

How will we treat 6M kids a year for SAM by 2020?

The Airbel Center at IRC has worked in consultation with the No Wasted Lives Coalition to help answer the following question: how can we, as a nutrition community, treat 6M children a year for SAM by 2020? To come up with an answer, we identified promising innovations in SAM treatment, spoke to experts leading the charge for greater effectiveness and reduced cost, and built a mathematical model to project treatment and cost numbers into the future. The Airbel Center is making our results, as well as our model, available to the broader nutrition community, to challenge our assumptions and broaden the discussion. Please send any questions or feedback to [email protected] 

July 21, 2017

Uncertain futures: a briefing note on the situation for unaccompanied and separated refugee children in Greece

This briefing aims to bring attention to ongoing issues of concern and provide concrete recommendations for improving the response for this highly vulnerable group of children.

July 18, 2017