Reports and resources
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.
Making the case and making the difference: strategies to promote client-responsive humanitarian aid
This briefing paper makes the case for staff to invest in client responsiveness, and outlines goals and strategies for the organization and the sector.
Client responsiveness—resourcing considerations for project teams
This document provides humanitarian organizations an outline of the resourcing decisions needed when designing, setting up and implementing a client feedback and response mechanism.
IRC's Client Voice and Choice and Ground Truth Solutions feedback reports
The IRC launched the Client Voice and Choice Initiative to meet the strategic commitment of becoming more responsive to its clients—those people affected by conflict and disaster around the world. This report analyzes data collected from client feedback during those pilots in Greece, Kenya, South Sudan, and southern Syria.
Humanitarian action in an urban world: the IRC's role in improving urban crisis response
Urban settings require different approaches to delivering assistance and supporting populations compared to rural areas or refugee camps.
Finding economic opportunity in the city
Today, more than half of the world’s displaced people live in urban areas and the average length of displacement is 25 years. The humanitarian sector must adapt to meet the challenges of an urbanizing world and the increasing role of cities as places of refuge and economic opportunity, as well as sites of heightened risk of crisis, marginalization and inequality.
The refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East: Our response
The civil war in Syria—now in its sixth year—has created the worst humanitarian crisis of our time and in tandem with other brutal conflicts has sparked the largest global displacement of people in recorded history. Join our response.
Better aid: principles to reform and transform humanitarian financing
Sixty million people are fleeing their homes, two-thirds within their own countries and the rest crossing borders to seek refuge. While the world has never been more generous in responding, offering $28 billion in 2015, the $15 billion gap between humanitarian needs and available financing has never been so wide. We need better aid to make the greatest impact with scarce resources and overcome the challenges of modern displacement.
Safe Healing and Learning Spaces Toolkit
A Safe Healing and Learning Space (SHLS) is a secure, caring and predictable place where children and adolescents living in conflict and crisis settings can learn, develop and be protected. The SHLS Toolkit provides child protection and education practitioners with all of the content needed to initiate an SHLS program.
Girl empower intervention baseline survey
This report presents the results from the baseline assessment of the IRC's Girl Empower (GE) program in Nimba County, Liberia. GE is a program in rural communities which seeks to help 13 to 14 year-old girls make healthy life choices and decrease their risk of sexual abuse.
In search of safety
The Norwegian Refugee Council and the International Rescue Committee issued a scathing report outlining the recent humanitarian failures in Fallujah, Iraq as a direct consequence of the military operation to retake the city.