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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. 


Where’s the Money? How the Humanitarian System is Failing to Fund an End of Violence Against Women and Girls

Violence against women and girls is a global problem of epidemic proportions. Evidence shows that over one-third of women and girls globally will experience some form of violence in their lifetime. Regardless of where they live, their religion or culture, or what stage of life they are in, each is a target of violence specifically because of her gender and the gender discrimination that persists globally. Gender-based violence (GBV) is exacerbated in emergencies, where vulnerability and risks are higher, and family and community protections have often broken down. Rohingya women arriving in Cox’s Bazar have reported rape at the hands of the Myanmar military, while in the refugee settlements, women and girls are often not allowed to leave their tents, isolating them from services and increasing their risks of violence from partners and family. In South Sudan, as many as 65 per cent of women and girls have experienced physical or sexual violence. Sexual exploitation of women and girls in emergencies – including by aid workers and peacekeepers – is also increasingly recognised as a problem that the humanitarian sector must address.

June 10, 2019

International Rescue Committee Annual Report 2018

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and reclaim control of their future. We are proud to present our 2018 Annual Report, which offers a glimpse into our work—and the impact of generous support from governments, corporations, foundations and individuals.

June 4, 2019

Where is the money? Why the Oslo conference must finally deliver funding for gender-based violence in emergencies

As highlighted by the emergence of the #MeToo movement, violence against women and girls is a global health problem of epidemic proportion. But for women and girls caught up in conflict and crisis, where the rule of law breaks down and where the things that protect women, such as safe housing, are removed, the situation is significantly worse.

May 23, 2019

Cash Transfers in Raqqa Governorate, Syria

Cash and voucher assistance (CVA) has quickly become one of most widely used modalities of aid in humanitarian crises. In humanitarian contexts, cash assistance has been shown to have significant positive impacts on food security and basic needs for households, helping them to withstand conflict-related economic shocks and market fluctuations, and reducing their reliance on negative coping.

May 9, 2019

Needs Assessment Report: Burkina Faso - Sahel Region

Since July 2018, Burkina Faso has started to see an increase in violent incidents involving militant groups causing internal displacement in the North, Sahel, Central-North and East regions.

May 7, 2019

Reality makes our decisions: ethical challenges in humanitarian health in situations of extreme violence

A report examining ethical challenges in humanitarian contexts where violence targets civilians, particularly health personnel.

April 29, 2019

IRC needs assessment report: Mexico-northern border

For the first time, Mexico was featured in the International Rescue Committee (IRC) 2019 Watchlist, signaling that the IRC’s crisis analysis team believes multiple risk factors in country are combining to increase the likelihood of humanitarian crises

April 18, 2019

Disorder by design: a manufactured U.S. emergency and the real crisis in Central America

This International Rescue Committee (IRC) report uses first-hand accounts from beneficiaries, partners, and staff on the ground to reveal the manufactured tensions created by the Trump administration at the U.S.-Mexico border.

April 10, 2019

Protection, Participation and Potential: Women and Girls in Yemen’s War

This policy brief provides an overview of the entrenched gender inequalities and vulnerabilities which affected women and girls before the war and which have been exacerbated over the past 4 years.

February 25, 2019

Choices, chances and safety in crisis: A model for women’s economic empowerment

Women are more likely to live in poorer households globally than men. Countries where this is evident are predominantly fragile or conflict-affected. In order to meet the Sustainable Development Goals and ensure no one is left behind, women’s economic empowerment must be prioritised and resourced in crisis contexts. Choices, Chances and Safety in Crisis discusses the impact of crisis on women’s economic empowerment and the limitations of recent responses. It proposes a practical model for increasing women’s safety as well as their use and control of resources in crisis contexts. It outlines the preconditions that must be met to genuinely transform harmful gender norms and empower women economically along with examples from IRC’s work. It concludes with recommendations for governments, international actors and the humanitarian sector.

January 31, 2019