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.
Environmental Health at the International Rescue Committee
In acute emergencies, the IRC establishes emergency water, sanitation and hygiene promotion programs, ensuring that life-saving services can be initiated efficiently. As countries evolve from emergencies to rebuilding, the IRC works to build stronger community and government oversight on improved water, hygiene and sanitation services, and maintenance of systems.
Health at the International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee is a leading humanitarian agency dedicated to the health and survival of the most vulnerable people around the world. From the earliest stages of emergencies through recovery, we provide essential services.
Gender equality at the International Rescue Committee
The IRC is a global leader in transforming the lives of women and girls, and our Gender Equality Unit is dedicated to ensuring that all of our program outcomes are achieved equally by men and women, boys and girls, in the communities that we work.
Economic recovery and development at the International Rescue Committee: women's economic empowerment
The IRC's women's economic empowerment programs improve women’s financial wellbeing, so they can support themselves and their families.
Economic recovery and development at the International Rescue Committee: enterprise development and employment
The IRC’s enterprise development and employment (EDE) programs prepare crisis-affected populations for employment and self-employment opportunities, support the growth and creation of businesses, improve people’s skills, and increase people’s access to financial services.
Economic recovery and development at the International Rescue Committee: cash relief
Evidence shows that in many contexts, cash relief is a more efficient and cost-effective solution in crisis settings than food, clothing and in-kind donations.
Economic recovery and development at the International Rescue Committee: agriculture and rural livelihoods
To support agricultural recovery in long-term or post-crisis locations, the IRC works with communities to restore agricultural assets, upgrade skills and practices, and build disaster preparedness to better protect and improve their livelihoods.
Economic recovery and development at the International Rescue Committee
The Economic Recovery and Development (ERD) unit at the IRC works to ensure that those we serve have their most basic survival needs met and have the combination of assets and income to prosper.
Refugee Compacts: An Initial Framework
Compact models—in a variety of forms—have been used to address the development and humanitarian needs generated by refugee crises. This brief outlines a particular iteration of a compact approach that incorporates critical components into a systematic model with clear requirements and accountability.
Education at the International Rescue Committee: Primary-school aged children
The IRC’s education programming for primary school-aged children has three overarching goals: (1) to ensure that children enroll in and attend school regularly; (2) to protect children from all forms of violence in school and on their way to school; and (3) to build fundamental reading, math and social-emotional skills.