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

Sabah Jadooa: Hero to Jordan’s 750,000 Refugees

Sabah Jadooa, program director of IRD’s Outreach Services for Syrian and Iraqi Refu... more

Polio Vaccination Campaign: Round Four

Beginning March 2, 30 four-person IRD Health Teams set out to provide Polio vaccina... more

Football Promotes Peace and Opportunity for Children in Kosovo

IRD and partner Sport Sans Frontières are distributing 22,800 One World Footballs i... more

IRD-UNHCR Report: Syrian Refugees Outside Jordanian Camps Struggle to Cope

80: percentage of Syrian refugees living outside of formal camps in Jordan 61: per... more

Destigmatizing and Treating Scabies in the Za’atari Refugee Camp

Abu Leyad rolls up his sleeve gingerly to show the remaining signs of scabies to IR... more

IRD and Za’atari Girls Form a League of Their Own

Amal, IRD’s new head women’s football coach, blows her whistle and 180 girls dash o... more

Community Health Workers Serve Diabetic Refugees

Abdul Kareem watches his son Majed proudly as the 14-year-old rattles off his medic... more

Walking Tall Once More

GHOR Afghanistan – Every year in Afghanistan hundreds of civilians are kill... more

Protecting Syrian Refugees with Access to Community-Based Healthcare

The Health Linkages and National Networks (HLNN) program improves the pr... more