Conflict Mitigation

IRD’s conflict mitigation team supports the full spectrum of stability activities during major combat operations and in post-conflict settings. We build the capacity of our local partners and civil society organizations to support the transition to peace and democracy, and we assist communities to mitigate the potential for ethnic, tribal, religious, gang, and other conflict. Flexibility is at the core of our programming, and the conflict mitigation team employs management strategies adaptable to disparate environments, security challenges, and client needs. When possible, we operate within the communities being served rather than from distant national capitals, and we engage field staff locally to implement programs. IRD’s community stabilization capabilities support a wide range of donor and partner priorities:

  • Comprehensive stabilization operations including relief and humanitarian assistance.
  • Strengthening community resilience against violent extremism.
  • Building capacity of civil society and local government to support the transition to democracy.
  • Expeditionary economic development to spur growth during and after conflict or disasters.
  • Disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration after ethnic, tribal, natural resource, or other conflict.
  • Training communities and at-risk-youth in peace-building, conflict management, mediation, and conflict analysis.

Featured Capabilities

Capacity Building

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Conflict Victim Assistance

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Refugees and IDPs

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Women & Gender

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Afghanistan Civilian Assistance Program

The Afghan Civilian Assistance Program (ACAP) II is a civilian assistance program i... more

Afghanistan Vouchers for Increased Productive Agriculture

AVIPA and AVIPA Plus were relief and stabilization programs funded by USAID and imp... more

Closing Emergency Gaps to Aid Victims of Displacement in Colombia

Colombia’s struggle against drug production and export, terrorism, and other armed... more

Community Cohesion in Northern Iraq

Conflict and instability have become daily features of Iraqi life. In northern Iraq... more

Community Revitalization through Democratic Action

CRDA began as a community mobilization initiative and evolved to emphasize economic... more

Community Services and Assistance to Refugees and Asylum-Seekers in Yemen

Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab world and consistently ranks at the bottom... more

Community Stabilization Program in Iraq

The Community Stabilization Program (CSP) helped stabilize and economically revital... more

Construction Trades Training Center

Efforts to rebuild Afghanistan have been seriously hampered by the lack of qualifie... more

Cultural Bridges to Reconciliation in Iraq

Iraq’s process of rebuilding internally and creating a strong democracy begins with... more

Distribution of Radios in South Sudan

Sudan is the largest country in Africa, one-third the size of the United States, an... more

Establishing Stability in Southern Afghanistan through Cash-for-Work Activities

IRD community stabilization programming helps meet the unique social and economi... more

Grassroots Theater Initiative

The Grassroots Theater Initiative introduced theater founded on the “theater of the... more

Peace through Development

The Sahel region of West Africa is increasingly threatened by violent extremist gro... more

Resettling Refugees in Mauritania

In 1989, violent ethnic conflicts and mounting pressures on limited natural resourc... more

Restoring Peace through Social and Economic Reintegration

In July 2011 the largest country in Africa became two nations, the Republic of Suda... more


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Serbia Youth Center

The Belgrade Youth Center, also known as Dom Omladine, served as a venue for major... more

Southern Regional Agricultural Development in Afghanistan

The Southern Regional Agricultural Development (S-RAD) program works to increase lo... more

Strategic Provincial Roads in Southern and Eastern Afghanistan

The Strategic Provincial Roads Program in Southern and Eastern Afghanistan (SPR) co... more

Strengthening Pakistan’s Ability to Assist Conflict Victims

Victims of conflict in the Pakistani Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province and the F... more

Support for Minorities in Iraq

Religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq have long faced discrimination; many still... more

Supporting Effective Governance for Greater Stability in Afghanistan

Building citizens’ confidence and trust in government are fundamental to achieving... more

Working with the Displaced in Colombia

Colombia has served as an international leader in the challenge of bringing democra... more