Reports and Resources
The IRC uses our learning and experience to assist people affected by crisis and shape humanitarian policy and practice. Browse our research and resources.
ADAPT Liberia case study 2016
In 2015 the IRC and Mercy Corps joined forces to launch ADAPT (Analysis Driven Agile Programming Techniques) to research, innovate and field test adaptive management techniques for the sector. In Liberia, a social mobilization project, launched in response to Ebola, demonstrated that a clear external motivation and shared goal can form a powerful anchor for adaptation and learning.
Address forced protracted displacement
A new “Business Model” for responding to forced protracted displacement means communities are able to welcome additional populations in ways that are dignified and contribute to longer-term sustainable development.
Commit to cash
Overwhelming evidence shows that cash transfers can efficiently reach people in need faster and at lower cost than other forms of emergency assistance. Read our fact sheet.
Focus on cost efficiency, effectiveness and results
Effectiveness in the design, delivery, and evaluation of humanitarian assistance means not only developing and applying tools and processes that are based on or generate evidence, but also tracking how much it costs to deliver outcomes through different programmes , and using that cost evidence to inform future responses. To this end, gathering and methodically analysing evidence about the costs of different interventions will help direct available resources toward programmes that have the greatest reach and impact.
Afghan Refugees and the European Refugee Crisis
Afghans represent 21 percent of the over one million refugees who have fled to Europe since January 2015. By labelling Afghanistan as not sufficiently ‘war-torn’ and discriminating against Afghans at various stages of their journey, Europe has created a hierarchy amongst different nationalities in search of protection. The situation inside Syria is dire, but Europe cannot ignore those of other nationalities who are also fleeing persecution and violence, and are in need of international protection. All nationalities must be granted their right to a fair and thorough status determination procedure based on their individual circumstances, and meaningful access to protection
European Refugee Crisis Situational Briefing - 2016 June
A long-term refugee crisis, with thousands stranded in substandard camps, is unfolding on European soil. As nearly 8,500 men, women and children on Greek islands await possible return to Turkey, around 48,000 remain contained in mainland Greece while they attempt to negotiate an ineffectual asylum system. The EU-Turkey deal has not dampened the desperation of people to reach sanctuary in Europe. Denied safe alternative pathways into Europe, significantly more Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans are risking their lives by travelling via smuggling routes through the Balkans. Meanwhile, elsewhere in Europe at least 880 are believed to have drowned last week attempting to make the treacherous sea crossing from Libya to Italy.
"Sadness, we are full of sadness" Ebola's psychosocial toll on frontline health workers
Health care workers were at high risk of infection during the Ebola epidemic. They suffered physically, but also socially and emotionally. For many, these consequences remain unaddressed.
European Refugee Crisis Situational Briefing - 2016 May
More than 53,000 desperate men, women and children in search of protection remain in Greece. The vast majority on the mainland are Syrian (45 percent), Iraqi (22 percent), and Afghan (21 percent). Unless European states take action now, a long-term refugee crisis, with thousands stranded living in camps, will unfold on European soil. Greece is receiving insufficient support to step up ineffectual asylum processing that currently hinges on registration via Skype. With the hot summer months approaching, difficult living conditions and an inadequate asylum system is a deeply concerning combination for thousands fleeing violence and persecution. Meanwhile, the illogical and unethical EU-Turkey deal is denying sufficient safe alternative pathways into Europe, and serving to promote dangerous journeys and smuggling.
Making electronic payments work for humanitarian response
This report builds the case for electronic payment preparedness to support humanitarian interventions by providing a baseline analysis of existing donor support for electronic payment preparedness and actual electronic payment preparedness needs in select high-risk disaster prone countries.
Untapped humanitarian demand: A business case for expanding digital financial services
The International Rescue Committee commissioned Strategy Impact Advisors to build a return on investment (ROI) model to estimate whether or not a business case exists for expanded coverage of digital financial services in crisis-prone areas.