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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. 


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

In search of work: creating jobs for Syrian refugees

This report concludes with recommendations including an annual review and subsequent adjustments to the Jordan Compact to ensure that more sustainable job opportunities are generated and the needs of Syrian refugees and Jordanians are met.

February 9, 2017

Violence in the city: a systematic review of the drivers of violence against displaced populations

Little is known about types and drivers of violence and interventions to reduce violence among displaced and host populations in urban areas. To this end, the IRC conducted a systematic review to research the current state of knowledge regarding the drivers of violence, the contributing factors of violence or rights violations, and programming to address violence among displaced and host populations in crisis and post-crisis urban areas.

January 31, 2017

The right to the city for urban displaced

This report presents an analysis
 of the challenges that displaced populations face 
in accessing services and achieving self-reliance in
 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, a developing and fast-growing city.

January 31, 2017

Tuungane: community-driven reconstruction program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and its partners implemented a large-scale community-driven reconstruction (CDR) program called Tuungane (“Let’s unite” in the local Kiswahili language) from 2007 to 2016.

January 30, 2017