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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. 


The Role of the World Bank in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations

The geography of poverty is changing. Extreme poverty is increasingly concentrated in places characterized by fragility and violent conflict: by 2030, 85 percent of the extreme poor—some 342 million people—will live in fragile and conflict-affected states.1 Yet just one in five fragile states are on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).2 Meaningful progress on the goal of reducing global extreme poverty requires meeting the development needs of vulnerable populations in fragile contexts; but assistance in these contexts has traditionally been limited to short-term humanitarian aid, ill-equipped to address underlying development challenges. World Bank leadership, staff, and shareholders recognize that protracted crises and associated mass displacement and chronic extreme hunger, as well as threats from sudden-onset emergencies such as climate disasters and pandemics, threaten development progress. Driving progress in these complex environments is the only way that the World Bank will meet its twin goals of reducing global poverty and improving shared prosperity, and address the underlying drivers of some of the world’s most protracted crises.

December 3, 2019

“The war destroyed our dreams:” why the international community should invest in Yemen’s peace

Almost one year since the Stockholm agreement, the war in Yemen continues unabated. New IRC report highlights the devastating impact of continued conflict on ordinary Yemenis. The international community must push the warring parties to build on a rare window of opportunity for peace to secure a nationwide ceasefire.

December 1, 2019

Shifting social norms: a gender analysis of time poverty, paid work and masculinity in Jordan

In 2018, the IRC assisted over 120,000 Syrian refugees and low-income Jordanians to access healthcare, protection, education and income generation opportunities. One of the recent changes that IRC staff have noticed is that Syrian women are taking on more of an income earning role than was the norm back in Syria and that this is creating changes in household dynamics.

November 26, 2019

Safety First: Time to deliver on commitments to women and girls in crisis

Gender Based Violence is a global epidemic. The IRC estimates that 14 million refugees and displaced women and girls were subjected to sexual violence in 2019. However less than 0.2% of all global humanitarian funding between 2016-2018 was allocated to GBV prevention and response, and women and girls are often invisible in country's action plans for the Sustainable Development Goals. This report highlights some of the links between GBV and key SDGs to show where GBV prevention and response needs to be integrated across sectors to address the double disadvantage faced by women and girls in crisis.

November 25, 2019

The Venezuelan Displacement Crisis: A Test of Global Commitments and Solidarity

The crisis in Venezuela and its regional impact are continuing unabated, driving displacement on a pace and scale that requires greater action from the international community. The Solidarity Conference, scheduled for October 28-29 in Brussels, is an opportunity to apply the lessons learned from other displacement crises, mobilize resources and promote policies that can protect displaced Venezuelans and host communities today and turn the crisis into a development opportunity tomorrow.

October 25, 2019

The Narrowing Path to Citizenship

Current agency policies and practices are profoundly restricting the ability of eligible individuals to naturalize.

October 23, 2019

My Safety, My Wellbeing: equipping adolescent girls

The IRC developed a manual to help equip adolescent girls with key knowledge and skills to help them to mitigate, prevent and respond to gender-based violence.

October 11, 2019

Building economies and communities that thrive: the case for investing in refugee workforce development

Collaborating with the IRC on RescueWorks offers companies a chance to grow the workforce and talent in new markets and expand business while affirming company commitments to social impact and community engagement.

October 10, 2019

Moving Beyond the Emergency: A Whole of Society Approach to the Refugee Response in Bangladesh

This is one of five publications where we outline steps for developing a medium-term plan for Bangladesh, to benefit refugees and their host community alike. The other four cover forest and landscape restoration, trade, private sector investment, and labor mobility.

October 7, 2019

GRACE Act advocacy toolkit

Five ways to take to ensure Congress endorses and enacts the GRACE Act this year.

September 27, 2019