IRC Belgium leads on the IRC's engagement with the EU institutions. Our priority is to ensure that EU policy and legislation meets the needs of those affected by conflict and disaster. We use IRC’s learning and experience to shape EU humanitarian and development policies in ways that improve the lives of more people worldwide. We seek to drive policy change on the refugee crisis in Europe and globally, and to ensure that EU funding for the global refugee crisis is targeted effectively.
IRC Belgium is part of a strong and flourishing European network, working closely with our offices in Germany, UK, Greece, Switzerland, and Serbia, as well as our sister organisation Stichting Vluchteling (SV) in the Netherlands.
The IRC & the EU
• The European Union and its member states are collectively the world’s largest aid donor. Our engagement with the European institutions enables us to help shape effective, evidence- based policies that bring maximum benefit for beneficiaries.
• IRC advocates for a sustainable, sensible and above all humanitarian response to the refugee crisis, including the provision of safe and legal routes to protection in the EU.
• We draw on our knowledge of the situation on the ground in Greece and the Balkans to advocate for solutions to address the humanitarian crisis within Europe’s borders.
IRC's Client Voice and Choice initiative and Ground Truth Solutions pilot case study B: protection in South Sudan
The IRC is working to incorporate the preferences, aspirations, and expectations of those we serve into humanitarian programming. This document examines the IRC’s South Sudan protection program.
IRC's Client Voice and Choice initiative and Ground Truth Solutions pilot case study A: integrated community case management in South Sudan
The IRC is working to incorporate the preferences, aspirations, and expectations of those we serve into humanitarian programming. This document examines a health program in South Sudan.
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: lessons from IRC's cash and livelihoods programs in cities within Lebanon and Jordan
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.
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.
Europe Refugee Crisis: urgent action needed for protection of women and girls
Europe Refugee Crisis: urgent action needed for protection of women and girls Women and girls fleeing conflict, violence and insecurity are finding unsafe and substandard living conditions as they arrive in Greece, transit through the Balkans and seek refuge and asylum in Europe. This policy brief outlines four recommendations for governments, donors, and humanitarian actors to implement to improve the safety and protection of women and girls in Europe.