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27 Sep 2018 description

Our analysis shows that millions of ‘people caught in crisis’ - people living in conflict, and/or who are displaced within their own countries or across borders – are in fact being left behind. Failure to take action now means that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not be met, undermining the credibility of the international community and leaving millions to die unnecessarily.

27 Nov 2017 description

New IRC research: pre-teen and teenage girls in humanitarian settings overwhelmingly suffer abuse by people they know

IRC calls for more humanitarian programming focused on pre-teen and teenage girls.

  • Research indicates girls as young as 10 are experiencing high levels of violence.

  • More than half surveyed in DRC (61%) and Ethiopia (52%) reported physical, sexual, or emotional violence in the past 12 months, overwhelmingly by people they know.

24 Oct 2017 description
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Formative Evaluation of ‘The Fifth Child Project’: A new initiative to close the childhood immunization gap in Benishangul-Gumuz
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The Fifth Child: Closing the immunization gap - policy brief

Authors: Shiferaw Dechasa Demissie, Tracey Chantler, Emilie Karafillakis, Heidi Larson, Lilian Kiapi, Petros Gebrekirstos, Siraj Mohammed, Bersabeh Sile, Samuel Wodajo, Naoko Kozuki, Comfort Olorunsaiye, Justine Landegger


08 Sep 2017 description

Famine: Lessons Learned was produced as the world was responding to four potential famines simultaneously – in Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia.

Much has been written and researched on famine, and many lessons on how to best prevent and respond to famine have been learned the hard way. This paper therefore draws on lessons learned from the last 30-plus years of famine crises and response, going back to famines in Ethiopia and Sudan in the 1980s, up to the most recent famine in Somalia in 2011.

30 Jun 2015 description

Résumé analytique

La violence basée sur le genre (VBG) est une question de droit de l’homme et de santé publique largement reconnu, touchant au moins une femme sur trois à travers le monde.1 La VBG peut devenir encore plus perverse dans les situations de crise où les mécanismes de protection communautaires et institutionnels sont souvent affaiblis ou détruits. Les hommes et les garçons sont également vulnérables à la violence pendant le conflit et le déplacement, notamment la violence sexuelle, quoique dans une moindre mesure que les femmes et les filles.

30 Jun 2015 description
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"I See That It Is Possible" identifies the barriers that prevent persons with disabilities and their caregivers from accessing GBV programs and outlines activities to better meet their needs in humanitarian programming.

09 Jul 2014 description

A group of seven major international aid agencies said they face a shortfall of $89m/£52m just when the South Sudan humanitarian crisis edges closer to the risk of famine. Speaking out on the 3rd anniversary of the country’s independence they warned their aid efforts to help hundreds of thousands of people caught up in the conflict was under threat due to a lack of funds.

20 Jan 2012 description

Nairobi, Jan 20—–Six months after the UN declared famine in parts of Somalia, worsening insecurity is creating more displacement and hampering the delivery of life-saving aid to tens of thousands of people. In Somalia, the UN estimates that more than four million people require urgent humanitarian assistance, 250,000 are at risk of starvation and nearly 1.4 million are displaced.

04 Jan 2012 description

What a difference the rain can make. When I visited Tharaka, a four hour drive north of Nairobi, in April, the land was brown and dry. The shrivelled corpses of burnt trees lined the hard and dusty tracks.

The crops were dead, the animals were dying, and the people were scared.

In a blog on the Trócaire website, I wrote: ‘The lush green fields that surround Nairobi mask Kenya’s emerging crisis: a food shortage in the northern regions of the country that is rapidly descending into famine.’

24 Sep 2011 description

Up to 750,000 people face death from hunger in East Africa. Millions more are at risk across the region in the worst food crisis of the 21st century. They will have to bear a legacy of poverty, suffering, and the loss of their livelihoods. Urgent action is needed right now.

But the truth is that this crisis was predicted – and preventable: we already have the knowledge to stop this kind of tragedy from unfolding; we know the steps that must be taken to prevent suffering on this scale.

17 Apr 2011 description

As a protracted drought continues to grip many parts of the Horn of Africa, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is providing lifesaving water to thousands of people in Somalia and Ethiopia.

“The drought is worsening in many parts of Somalia,” said Abukar Ga’al, the IRC’s deputy country director for Somalia, “The situation is critical. People in the central and coastal regions especially are facing life-threatening shortages of water.”

10 Dec 2010 description

Nairobi 10 Dec 2010 - The International Rescue Committee and Kituo Cha Sheria are expressing concern that Kenyan police are indiscriminately raiding homes of refugees and making random arrests of individuals suspected of being in Kenya illegally.

Approximately 350 mainly Somali and Ethiopian refugees, were detained earlier this week in Nairobi's largely immigrant suburb of Eastleigh and arrests continue daily.

16 Jun 2010 description

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Text by Joanne Offer. Photos by Denise Truscello.

Shimelba, Ethiopia 16 Jun 2010 -

Morning breaks over Shimelba refugee camp in northern Ethiopia. The mud brick houses with thatched roofs are home to around 11,000 refugees who have fled from persecution in neighboring Eritrea. Many of the refugees are children and teenagers who now face life growing up in a refugee camp in a foreign country.

The day starts early for many youngsters, who have to help collect water for their families.

25 Mar 2010 description

Executive Summary

The traditional image of life in tented, sprawling camps no longer tells the full refugee story. As the world urbanises, refugees too are increasingly moving to built up areas - including large towns and cities. Today, almost half of the world's 10.5 million refugees reside in urban areas, with only one-third in camps (UNHCR, 2009). Refugees move to the city in the hope of finding a sense of community, safety and economic independence. However, in reality, what many actually find is harassment, physical assault and poverty.

19 Mar 2010 description


The practice of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) participating in the leadership and management of country level clusters is occurring more frequently in recent years. In several situations, cluster leads are approaching NGOs to take on roles in the cluster, such as coleadership. This review draws on the experiences of NGOs in cluster leadership and management in the four focus countries of the NGOs and Humanitarian Reform Project: Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zimbabwe.

24 Feb 2010 description

24 Feb 2010 - A water system in the Western Ethiopian town of Kurmuk that hasn't functioned properly for around 10 years is now providing clean drinking water to 900 households or about 4,200 people.

The project, jointly carried out by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and local government partners is now saving residents time and money, as well as providing safe drinking water.

"Prior to the rehabilitation of the water system, people in Kurmuk were traveling up to three kilometers to the nearby village of Horezeab to get safe drinking water and it was costing them …

20 Jan 2010 description


A humanitarian emergency, by definition, requires immediate action, and for emergency actors to be able to respond they need access to quick and flexible funding.

09 Dec 2009 description

From November 25 to December 10, the International Rescue Committee is observing the "16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence." Our colleagues in Ethiopia shared this story:

In a small, thatched hut in a refugee camp on the Ethiopian border with Somalia, a group of women is having an animated discussion about the appropriate age for marriage.

Miryama*, a 16-year-old holding a small baby of her own, says she won't choose the same path for her daughter that she took herself.