About Us

Drought relief in the Horn of Africa. Nourishment for school children in Laos and Liberia. Healthcare knowledge and steady incomes for women in Mozambique. Resilience to violent extremism in West Africa. New schools and health clinics in Haiti, Ukraine, and the West Bank. Revived agriculture in Afghanistan. Improved livelihoods for Iraqi refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.

In collaboration with our partners and beneficiaries IRD helped make all this possible. A nonprofit humanitarian and development organization, IRD improves lives and livelihoods through inclusion, engagement, and empowerment. We build lasting relationships and strengthen our beneficiaries’ capabilities to create sustainable change and direct their own development.

These principles are at the core of IRD’s mission: to empower the world’s most vulnerable communities to achieve self-sufficiency through innovative solutions, applied knowledge and targeted expertise.

Since 1998, IRD has provided more than $3 billion in humanitarian assistance. To the communities we serve, that means more hospitals and medicines to heal, schools to educate, safe water to drink, roads to provide access to markets and healthcare, homes to provide safe havens, training to foster vocational skills, and jobs to put food on the table.

We are expert at working in challenging environments, including conflict zones and areas suffering the consequences of natural disaster. IRD approaches each situation with systematic assessments; then we design short- and long- term interventions that keep communities on the path to development. Rather than just delivering clean water to residents of the Horn of Africa, IRD tackles the underlying problem of upgrading community water storage and management systems. And rather than handing out seeds and fertilizer in Afghanistan, IRD trains farmers in improved agricultural methods that increase jobs, incomes, and confidence of Afghans in their government.

In short, IRD’s integrated development strategies solve interrelated needs and challenges simultaneously. That means more effective engagement with local governments and residents, more community capacity, better use of resources, and more sustainable results.

Featured Success Stories

IRD’s Community Mobilizers- Supporting Syrian Refugees

IRD community mobilizers rely on strong relationships to involve refugees in decisi... more

Emergency Assistance in Winter Storm Huda

“The winds were so strong and it was so cold. Nobody can survive in a te... more

IRD’s Legal Support Gives Freedom to an Iraqi Refugee

Haidar, 32, fled Iraq in 2004 and came to Lebanon in the hope of being resettled to... more

IRD Vaccinates 18,017 Children Za’atari Camp

Between November 2 and 6, IRD vaccinated 18,017 children in Za’atari camp, marking... more

Building Confidence and Breaking Down Violence

Awareness and prevention of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is crucial in J... more

“The New Reconciliation” - Service Center for Victims of Armed Conflict Launched

Victims of armed conflict in La Montañita, a municipality in the department of Caqu... more

The Long Road to Recovery: Ibrahim

“He was paralyzed and couldn’t talk,” recalls Najdat, reflecting on his nephew Ibra... more

Increasing Income Through Collective Cashew Sales

At the end of a bumpy dirt road in Diambaty in a rural district of south... more

Kuwait Comes to Madaba: IRD Opens New Park and Bus Station

"All children to the park!" shout Madaba community volunteers, standing... more