Emergency Response

IRD’s expert multidisciplinary teams have been at the center of the response to virtually every major disaster of the past decade, including the 2004 Asian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the 2009 Haitian earthquake, the 2010 flooding in Pakistan, and the 2011 drought in the Horn of Africa. IRD has also been involved in the humanitarian response to many conflict-based crises, including in Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Lebanon, Georgia, Pakistan, and Libya. Our emergency response teams arrive immediately after a natural or man-made disaster strikes to identify and respond to the most immediate needs; then we continue support through the critical recovery and rehabilitation phases. Because IRD has operations around the world, we understand the local cultural and political context, and our staff is positioned for quick response. After the crisis stabilizes, our humanitarian assistance teams design recovery and rehabilitation programs that smoothly transition activities to IRD’s long-term development experts. From the very start and through all phases of our work, IRD is committed to the principle of “building back better.” We infuse our programs with strategies and techniques of disaster risk reduction so communities can prosper and better withstand any future disaster.

Featured Capabilities

Capacity Building

IRD supports communities to become self-sufficient – to guide their own learning, l... more

Conflict Victim Assistance

Early Programming From 2005 to 2010, IRD ran an Iraq-based program to provide emer... more


From Preparedness to Relief to Long-Term Development Working with local authoritie... more

Natural Resource Management

CAMEROON The loss of soil fertility caused by environmental degradation – primaril... more

Water & Sanitation

IRD develops a unique response to each situation using a wide variety of tools and... more

Women & Gender

IRD has a proud history of commitment to women’s issues since our founding in 1998.... more


Afghanistan Vouchers for Increased Productive Agriculture

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

Building Resiliency in the Horn of Africa

IRD has been responding to the drought crisis in the Somali region of the Horn of A... more

Closing Emergency Gaps to Aid Victims of Displacement in Colombia

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

Earthquake Response in Haiti

IRD is helping to provide shelter, sanitation, and hygiene assistance, as well as m... more

Earthquake Response in Jogjakarta

In late May 2006, a disastrous 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Central Java reg... more

Emergency Food Aid in Chad

In June 2005, IRD completed Emergency Food-for-Work and Agricultural Assistance Ini... more

Emergency Relief and Employment Project

In September 2006, the Department for International Development (DfID), the UK g... more

Flood Response in Pakistan

In the first half of 2009, well over 1 million people fled their homes in northern... more

Gulf Coast Community Services Center

The IRD Gulf Coast Community Service Center (GCCSC) has been rebuilding the lives o... more

Health Support for Syrian Refugees

IRD is improving the health status of Syrian refugees and host communities in Jorda... more

Improving the Health of Vulnerable Communities in Rural Yemen

The health of 30,000 people in vulnerable communities in the Hodeidah Governorate o... more

Indian Ocean Tsunami Response

The Indian Ocean Tsunami on December 26, 2004, caught the world’s attention with th... more

Integrated Community-Based Transitional Shelter, Sanitation, and Community Infrastructure

Following the devastating earthquake in 2010, IRD constructed 1,200 transitional sh... more

Libya Crisis Response

Since March 2011, IRD has reached approximately 10,000 beneficiaries in Libya with... more

Livelihood Restoration in Cameroon

Following political unrest in their home country, approximately 45,000 refugees fro... more

Resettling Refugees in Mauritania

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

Typhoon Haiyan Debris Removal

When super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the southern Philippines November 8, it... more

Working with the Displaced in Colombia

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