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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. 


Social network analysis handbook: connecting the dots in humanitarian programs

The following handbook is designed to provide a step by step guide to the application of Social Network Analysis for the IRC.

January 17, 2017

Client responsive programming framework

This framework articulates the IRC’s Client-Responsive Programming Approach. The Framework provides an overarching direction, systematises practices and sets a quality benchmark for the IRC in delivering client-responsive programming.

January 12, 2017

IRC senior education director Sarah Smith named as one of Foreign Policy's Global Thinkers 2016

The Muppets are embarking on humanitarian missions. In spring 2016, Sherrie Westin, executive vice president of global impact and philanthropy for the Sesame Workshop, and Sarah Smith, a director at the International Rescue Committee, announced a collaboration to develop educational programs for refugee children.

December 12, 2016

A review of context analysis tools for urban humanitarian response

This desk review aims to provide an audit and analysis of existing context analysis tools along the themes of governance and power analysis; vulnerability, social and conflict analysis; and urban systems analysis.

December 6, 2016

Needs assessment tools, response analysis frameworks and targeting guidance for urban humanitarian response

This desk review aims to provide an audit and analysis of existing needs assessments, response analysis frameworks and targeting approaches for use in urban post-conflict emergency response.

December 6, 2016

Early solutions planning in displacement

Early solutions planning encompasses steps to build the self-reliance and resilience of refugees and host communities, as well as prepare refugees for future durable solutions.

December 5, 2016

Violence prevention and response at the International Rescue Committee: adolescent girls

The IRC recognizes that with support and investment, adolescent girls can transform their lives and their communities. Working with girls instead of on behalf of girls, the IRC’s programs are driven and led by girls in a way that empowers them long into the future.

November 17, 2016

Learning from Lesbos: Lessons from the IRC's emergency response in the urban areas of Lesbos

This report underlines the importance of a coordinated and collaborative approach to emergency response in urban areas. The recommendations, addressed primarily to humanitarian actors, reflect lessons learned from the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) initial emergency response programming on the island of Lesbos, Greece, between September 2015 and March 2016.

November 16, 2016

Forced displacement in urban areas: what needs to be done

The average length of displacement is between 20 to 30 years and 6 out of 10 refugees are in urban areas, in cities and towns across the globe. At least half of all IDPs are also in urban areas.

October 14, 2016

Violence prevention and response at the International Rescue Committee

The Violence, Prevention and Response (VPR) unit implements programming that prevents violence against women, children, especially girls, and other vulnerable groups, and responds to it when it does occur.

October 12, 2016