The IRC works to protect, support and improve household livelihoods and to revitalise local economies.
The IRC works with farmers enhancing their competitiveness and facilitating market entry via technical and vocational training
The IRC works with governments and non-governmental institutions to improve the business environment.
The IRC works to increase incomes, improve job prospects and grow businesses.
When people are displaced by crisis, they often have to leave everything behind. When they return to their homes, they can find that their means of supporting themselves have been destroyed or stolen. The International Rescue Committee works to protect, support and improve household livelihoods and to revitalise local economies.
The IRC works with farmers, entrepreneurs and apprentices to enhance their "know-how" in business and the economy. This can increase incomes, improve job prospects and grow businesses.
In Liberia, the IRC supports two vocational training schools to train students in professions such as electrical engineering, mechanics and agriculture. On graduation we help link students to employment opportunities.
The IRC works with micro-finance institutions and community-savings associations to increase access for individuals and small and medium enterprises to finance and resources such as credit and investment.
In Burundi the IRC has trained and supported over 1,700 men and women who do not have access to banks, to establish and run savings and loans associations. Projects such as this can increase women’s economic independence, and status within the family and community.
Some examples are:
There is no point in having goods to sell if there is no one to purchase them. The IRC works to help markets work as well as possible for vulnerable and conflict-affected people.
IRC's market chain approach is an economic development methodology that looks at all the actors (such as farmers or any producers, sellers, consumers, involved in moving a product from raw materials to end consumer). By analysing how value is created, we gain insights into ways to enhance the effective functioning of markets for all actors, including the poor, vulnerable and conflict-affected.
In the past, emergency interventions have sometimes undermined local markets and livelihoods. To address this, the IRC developed the Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis (EMMA) toolkit. EMMA helps agencies to design and implement emergency programmes that respond to people’s immediate needs while helping local economies to recover.
As well as working directly with individuals, communities and small businesses the IRC also works with governments and non-governmental institutions to improve the business environment.
Building on the Ugandan government's recent push for decentralization and local planning the IRC is supporting economic planning and investment in the Karamoja region. Private and public sector investments are used to improve infrastructure, business processes and market linkages.
Approaches have included: