After a decade of independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the southern Caucasus region — Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan — continues to face   economic difficulties and the risk of renewed conflict and internal strife. Specifically, conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed area of Nagorno-Karabakh, and secessionist movements in the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and south Ossetia have created more than 900,000 refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Caucasus.

In response to this growing humanitarian crisis and rapid decline in living standards, IRD began operations in this country in 1999. Some highlights of our work include:

  • Rural Enterprise Support — Assistance to farmers and other rural entrepreneurs to improve the quality of their lives by increasing their incomes;
  • Health Care — Emergency distribution of pharmaceutical and medical supplies, training for medical professionals and construction of medical facilities;
  • Emergency Survival Aid — Distributing food parcels, hygiene kits, school kits, blankets, tools and seeds to refugees, IDPs and local vulnerable populations;
  • Repatriation and Reintegration — Providing direct assistance to IDPs and refugees through direct food and clothing distributions and income generation opportunities; and
  • NGO Capacity Building — Providing small grants and management assistance to local NGOs to help them improve and expand community services.


Distribution of Medical and Non-Medical Commodities in the Caucasus and Ukraine

    Though there have been notable economic improvements in Armenia, Georgia... more

Success Stories

Support for Hospitals in Western Georgia

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

Water Infrastructure Rehabilitation in Georgia

East Georgia - With support from the US Department of State, IRD Georgia has been c... more

Ruud Lubbers, UNHCR Geneva High Commissioner, Visits an IRD Project in Tbilisi

Mr. Ruud Lubbers, UNHCR Geneva High Commissioner and Ms. Eter Astemirova, Minister... more