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The IRC uses our learning and experience to assist people affected by crisis and shape humanitarian policy and practice. Browse our research and resources. 


Cruelty of containment

This report shows how EU migration policies have perpetuated a mental health crisis for thousands of asylum seekers trapped on the Greek islands.

December 17, 2020

2021 Emergency Watchlist

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is launching Watchlist 2021 as a call to action for global leaders and the general public. Historically, the annual Watchlist was a humanitarian planning tool to inform operational preparedness. By identifying the 20 countries at greatest risk of a major new—or significantly worsened—humanitarian crisis over the year ahead, the IRC could better focus our own planning and preparedness efforts. However, humanitarian planning and preparedness on their own are insufficient to meet the scale of challenges we expect in 2021. Watchlist 2021 reveals that the world is facing both unprecedented humanitarian emergencies as well as a political crisis of inaction and global retreat from humanitarian obligations. The international community must take action now, before decades of hard-won progress on reducing poverty, hunger and disease is lost or even reversed.

December 16, 2020

The Essentials for Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls During and After COVID-19

Risk of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) has increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic, exacerbating the already pandemic levels of violence women and girls face.

November 24, 2020

Catalyzing the U.S. Response to COVID-19 in Humanitarian Settings

Catalyzing the U.S. Response to COVID-19 in Humanitarian Settings

November 16, 2020

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2019

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November 6, 2020

International Rescue Committee Annual Report 2019

The International Rescue Committee’s mission is to help people whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and regain control of their futures.

October 27, 2020

What Happened? How the Humanitarian Response to COVID-19 Failed to Protect Women and Girls

A new IRC report brings forward the voices of 852 refugee and displaced women living in some of the most underfunded and forgotten humanitarian crises in 15 African countries to learn how the pandemic and the humanitarian response to it has affected their safety.

October 15, 2020

Covid-19 and Fragile Contexts: Reviving Multilateralism’s Promise to “Leave No One Behind”

Covid-19 and Fragile Contexts: Reviving Multilateralism’s Promise to “Leave No One Behind” is an Economist Intelligence Unit report, published by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Through comprehensive desk research, literature reviews and expert interviews, the report investigates the critical failures of the multilateral system in protecting fragile populations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

September 29, 2020

Securing SDG progress and inclusion for refugees

Business takes a stand for refugees. Joint statement recognising the role of business in improving the lives of refugees and calling on governments to secure progress towards the SDGs

September 15, 2020

The time is now: A plan to realise the potential of refugees in Greece

Supporting the integration of refugees has become an issue of priority for Greece. The International Rescue Committee (IRC), with longstanding experience in supporting refugees and asylum-seekers in many countries around the world, believes that integration is a pathway that, in order to be successful, should begin as soon as possible and should also be supported in a way that takes into account the strengths and needs of refugee women in particular. In this briefing, the IRC recommends that Greece seizes the opportunity of the ongoing negotiations on the next European Union (EU) Multi Annual Financial Framework6 to devise a pragmatic long-term integration strategy and an accompanying action plan to evaluate its progress, through measurable indicators.

September 9, 2020