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 reduce the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable groups and provide the tools and resources needed to increase their self-sufficiency.

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 increases 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

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

Distributions Aid Thousands of Refugees, IDPs in Yemen

Yemen hosts over 240,000 refugees from Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and I... more

Support for Hospitals in Western Georgia

During summer 2014, IRD distributed medical supplies and equipment to patients in n... more

A Healthy Future for Baby Abed

Zuhair Mohammad married his wife Baraa Al-Mohammad in a village near Aleppo, Syria.... more

Together We Will Make a More Beautiful Future

“No one saw the crying women, suffering children, or the depths of the wounds. We u... more

IRD Iftar Fosters Community in Za’atari Camp

The soothing melody of traditional Arab ode music echoes from the IRD co... more

Getting Mohammed Back on His Feet

Six-year-old Mohammed was playing football with a group of boys in the g... more

E-Zines in Record Time

One-hundred and twenty eager faces looked on as the names of the winning community... more