Search form

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. 


Urban stakeholder engagement and coordination: A quick reference for humanitarian practitioners

A rapidly urbanizing world presents both challenges and opportunities for humanitarian aid approaches.

September 1, 2017

Integrated livelihoods and protection for displaced persons in urban humanitarian response

The protracted refugee crisis in Syria has highlighted unique challenges and opportunities facing humanitarian efforts in complex urban environments, suggesting a need for greater innovation to respond effectively to the evolving economic and protection challenges faced by displaced persons.

August 31, 2017

Urban context analysis toolkit

The urban context analysis toolkit was created to provide an analysis toolkit that is user friendly, relatively quick to use, and adaptable.

August 31, 2017

Uncertain futures: a briefing note on the situation for unaccompanied and separated refugee children in Greece

This briefing aims to bring attention to ongoing issues of concern and provide concrete recommendations for improving the response for this highly vulnerable group.

July 18, 2017

The Way Forward to Strengthened Policies and Practices for Unaccompanied and Separated Children in Europe

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, UNICEF, and IRC, the International Rescue Committee, today issued a Roadmap for action to improve the situation of refugee and migrant children arriving and staying in Europe without their parents or care givers. The Roadmap highlights the need to identify children, register them through child-friendly procedures, and build a relationship of trust with them as early as possible. Ensuring that a well-trained guardian takes immediate responsibility for the child, engaging cultural mediators, and mobilizing members of host communities are critical measures that can help build a trusting relationship and protect children from smugglers, traffickers or family pressure.

July 10, 2017

Family planning saves lives and promotes resilience in humanitarian contexts

The Family Planning Summit (FP Summit), convened in London on 11 July 2017, presents a critical opportunity to accelerate efforts to deliver family planning to women and girls globally.

July 7, 2017

Using ICT to Facilitate Access to Information and Accountability to Affected Populations in Urban Areas

This report outlines the findings from an assessment of ServiceInfo and Refugee.Info, drawing on perspectives and reflections from stakeholders across the humanitarian spectrum, including affected populations themselves.

June 28, 2017

Making the most of a golden opportunity: Recommendations on the Union Resettlement Framework

MEP Briefing on Union Resettlement Framework

June 20, 2017

Cash Relief for Women and Girls

Women and girls affected by humanitarian crisis are exposed to heightened risks of violence and exploitation. It is therefore vital that emergency response prevents violence and empowers women and girls to improve their own well-being and that of their families and communities, including through cash relief.

May 17, 2017

Urgent action needed to avert famine in Yemen: IRC Situational Briefing – April 20, 2017

A political settlement to the ongoing conflict remains the only means to avert famine. In the meantime, the single greatest barrier to easing the suffering of Yemen’s people remains humanitarian access.

April 21, 2017