Our Work

Drought relief in the Horn of Africa. Healthy snacks for schoolchildren in Indonesia and Liberia. Healthcare knowledge and steady income for rural women in Mozambique. Shelters for displaced people in the Republic of Georgia and earthquake victims in Haiti. Revived fruit orchards and new roads in Afghanistan. Vocational training and steady jobs for Iraqi refugees living in Jordan. Strengthened civil society and local government in West Africa. With the support of our donors, partners, and local communities, IRD makes all these things possible.

IRD is a nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives and livelihoods of the world’s most vulnerable people through inclusion, engagement, and empowerment. We build lasting relationships and strengthen our beneficiaries’ capabilities to create sustainable change and increase their self-sufficiency. Since 1998, IRD has provided more than $3.5 billion in humanitarian assistance. To the communities we serve, that means more hospitals and medicines to heal, schools to educate, roads to bring produce to markets, bountiful crops for household nutrition and incomes, safe homes to provide shelter, training to foster vocational skills, and steady jobs to put food on the table and ensure families’ wellbeing.

We are experts at working in challenging environments, including conflict zones and areas suffering from natural disasters. IRD approaches each situation with careful, systematic assessments and designs short- and long-term interventions. We don’t just deliver food and clean water, we also upgrade entire food, water, and sanitation systems. We don’t just repair a few roads, we also build reliable transportation systems that are revitalizing the economies of communities and countries. In short, IRD’s integrated development strategies solve interrelated needs and challenges simultaneously. That means more effective engagement between governments and communities, better use of resources, and longer lasting 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