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 gain control of their future.
More than 80 years after Albert Einstein helped create the IRC, the number and intensity of humanitarian crises across the globe warrant a dose of Einstein-inspired innovation. The IRC aims to answers that call with high-impact, cost-effective solutions that help people affected by crisis. We'll also use our learning and experience to shape humanitarian policy and practice in ways that improve the lives of more people worldwide. In all of our work we will focus on breaking down each of the barriers faced by women and girls.
The IRC has grown because our teams have gone to the toughest places, done cutting-edge research, developed in-depth knowledge, and forged vital relationships with local governments. Today our 191 field offices in over 30 crisis-torn countries are helping communities to survive conflict and rebuild and recover from war and natural disaster. From health care to education to protection for women and girls, the IRC is there.
The IRC also works in 29 cities in the United States, helping newly-arrived refugees adjust to life in America and make a contribution to their new country.
To meet the needs and aspirations of those we serve, we intend to lead the reform of the humanitarian aid sector by:
- reaching more people more quickly to match the scale and urgency of today’s crises;
- setting new standards for quality and effectiveness through evidence and innovation; and
- building tools and systems that enable our staff to focus on high-impact programs.