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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. 


The Role of the World Bank in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations

This note outlines the critical importance of World Bank investments in fragile states and crisis-related funding through IDA, offers a constructive critique and stock-taking of the Bank’s latest efforts and provides recommendations for the Bank and its shareholders to consider moving forward.

December 6, 2019

"The war destroyed our dreams" Why the international community should invest in Yemen's peace

The war in Yemen has turned the country into the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. A crisis that is man-made and predictable, and therefore one for which solutions are within reach. For nearly half a decade, the international community has held the country’s increasingly vulnerable population back from the brink of catastrophe with life- saving humanitarian assistance. Aid saves lives, but to address the factors which continue to drive the suffering of Yemeni civilians demands an urgent acceleration of efforts to reduce violence and secure peace.

December 2, 2019

No progress without peace: Failure to act will result in 20 years of child hunger in Yemen

In a report released today (3rd December) humanitarian agency, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), is calling on world leaders to catalyse opportunities for peace in Yemen and warning that failure to do so could lead to 20 years of rampant child hunger.

November 29, 2019

Safety First: Time to deliver on commitments to women and girls in crisis

This report highlights some of the links between GBV and key SDGs to show where GBV prevention and response needs to be integrated across sectors to address the double disadvantage faced by women and girls in crisis.

November 25, 2019

Shifting Social Norms: a gender analysis of time poverty, paid work and masculinity in Jordan

In 2018, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) assisted over 120,000 Syrian refugees and low-income Jordanians to access healthcare, protection, education and income generation opportunities.

November 25, 2019

Access to Justice in Crisis: Legal Empowerment for Rohingya refugees living in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

This briefing illustrates the importance of interventions to expand access to justice mechanisms for Rohinya in Cox's Bazar.

October 31, 2019

The Venezuelan Displacement Crisis: A Test of Global Commitments and Solidarity

The crisis in Venezuela and its regional impact are continuing unabated, driving displacement on a pace and scale that requires greater action from the international community.

October 29, 2019

Getting Back on Track

From years of experience working with refugees and asylum-seekers globally, we know that when given opportunity to thrive, forcibly displaced persons contribute to their host communities and boost local economies. However, third-country nationals living in the European Union face very specific challenges and barriers to integration stemming from their vulnerabilities as refugee populations, as well as structural issues and divergent asylum policies at the EU and national levels. As the EU transitions into a new mandate for the European Commission and Parliament, the International Rescue Committee outlines a set of recommendations for a renewed and improved EU Action Plan on Integration. We argue that only by supporting the transition of refugees and asylum-seekers into their new communities, the EU has a chance to prove its role as a credible champion of protection and inclusion.

October 21, 2019

What works to prevent violence against women and girls in conflict and humanitarian crisis: Synthesis Brief

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is an important human rights concern and a pervasive issue affecting women and girls during times of conflict and humanitarian crisis. Over the last five years, the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls research programme, funded by UK Aid, has been conducting research to expand the international community’s knowledge around VAWG and the effectiveness of programmes that seek to prevent and respond to this violence. This new brief synthesises the key results of What Works studies as well as other findings from contemporaneous research efforts published since 2015. It aims to provide an up-to-date resource for practitioners, policymakers and researchers on the state of evidence on VAWG in conflict and humanitarian settings and makes recommendations for VAWG policy, programming, and future research priorities.

September 26, 2019

Securing SDG progress and inclusion for refugees

Joint Business Refugee Action Network (BRAN) statement on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

September 24, 2019