International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC helps people to survive, recover and rebuild their lives.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a legal, non-profit entity that helps people affected by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. IRC’s Economic Recovery and Development (ERD) programs helps people meet their most basic survival needs and diversify and sustain their livelihoods to enhance their resilience.

IRC works with communities to restore agricultural assets, restart production, improve skills and practices, support the improved management of natural resources, strengthen market systems, build climate resilience and disaster preparedness. IRC implements the ERD program in 30+ countries in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Europe and Latin America. The ERD Technical Unit supports innovative technology and piloting new approaches, which are rigorously tested and if proven to be effective and efficient (including cost-efficiency), they support scaling.

Latest news and articles

Amplifying Youth Visions in a Changing Climate

Introducing a Knowledge into Use project utilising participatory methods to engage communities in capturing evidence of resilience and collective vision amidst environmental challenges.

The unseen pillars: How social capital empowers female smallholder farmers in Kenya

The Itanya Africa Group, one of the RAIN Challenge winners, through an intimate baseline study, explores the significant role social capital plays in the lives of female small-holder farmers in Kenya.

The rise of regenerative farming in Ikunu, Githunguri Sub-county

In this photo story, Benedict Isiaho of CAFAESUP, one of the RAIN Challenge winners, describes how the project is implementing regenerative agriculture to foster sustainable food systems within communities

Meet the RAIN Round 2 Shortlisted Candidates 

23 seed-level initiatives have been selected as part of RAIN Challenge Round 2 and over the next several months will work in collaboration with GRP to receive tailored mentoring and leadership training. 

#Art4Resilience: Knowledge Into Use Awards

This year, we are excited to announce the third round of the awards! The "Knowledge into Use" awards provide a unique opportunity to ignite resilience, celebrate creativity, and embrace innovation in engaging with the latest resilience evidence.