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

It’s a Race Against Time to Flood-Proof Informal Settlements

Informal settlements around the world have the least developed infrastructure, yet they continue to come together to build their resilience to shocks and disasters.

Crowd voting for the Catalytic Grants programme is now open

Cast your vote and rate the proposals that you think provide the strongest intervention and relevance for locally-led adaptation and resilience by 23 May 2022.

The world of finance is waking up to the reality of climate change, but money still isn’t getting to the right places

With existing financial flows failing to reach climate adaptation efforts on the ground, how can we improve local-level access to climate finance?

Improving Shea Farming Communities’ Resilience

A new agroforestry farm model uses shea farming to bolster climate and economic resilience in Nigeria.

Nasreen Al-Amin and her organisation are building greener communities through locally-led adaptation

In Kano, Nigeria, a youth-led organisation is building resilience of local communities through a forest restoration project. Azeez Abubakar reports. This is the first of the ‘Voices from the Frontline (Phase-II)‘ stories by ICCCAD and GRP.