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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. 


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

Recommendations to rebuild and strengthen the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

Rebuilding the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and returning America to its historic role as leader in resettlement will take a concerted, long-term effort. A future administration has the unique opportunity to not only rebuild but to usher in needed reforms, which will lay the groundwork for a robust admissions program for years to come. This document outlines several recommendations to rebuild and strengthen the USRAP by functional area of the program: referrals, processing and placement, reception and integration, and research and data.

October 5, 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

No Time to Lose: An Urgent Call for Access to Quality Education for Rohingya Children in Cox’s Bazar

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on education around the world, with the closure of teaching institutions impacting an estimated 91 percent of students – approximately 1.6 billion children and young people. But for Rohingya children, adolescents and youths in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, interruptions and barriers to education are not new. Government restrictions on access to certified and standardised education opportunities have left informal education by humanitarian agencies as the only pathway to any form of education. A pilot of the Myanmar curriculum targeting 10,000 Rohingya students was due to begin in 2020 but was postponed after COVID-19 lockdown and the closure of learning facilities.

August 25, 2020

When Returning to Normal Doesn’t Work for Half the World’s Population: How to Build Back Better

The time immediately following a crisis, whether it be a peace process, rebuilding after a natural disaster or seeing a new government come into power, creates a window of opportunity to reimagine what the next phase of life can look like.

July 22, 2020

The double burden of COVID-19 and locusts in East Africa

Coinciding with COVID-19, desert locust swarms in the Horn and East Africa may cause massive crop failure and food insecurity. Here's what you need to know.

July 20, 2020

Yemen's Triple Emergency: COVID-19, Conflict, and a Collapsing International Response

In Yemen, COVID-19 is creating an unprecedented emergency within the world's largest humanitarian crisis. 

July 8, 2020