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

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