Civil Society & Governance
IRD works predominantly in conflict zones, fragile states, and slowly maturing democracies where well-functioning democratic institutions have not been the norm. In such societies, citizens and communities may not be familiar with or open to organizing and engaging with local government and community leadership organizations—unless they perceive an immediate and tangible benefit. IRD’s approach to civil society and community development cuts across all sectors of IRD’s work: we mainstream citizen engagement in improving access to economic opportunities, health, education, infrastructure, social resources, and services. IRD’s approach is especially relevant as the international community responds to calls for more open and responsive governance in the Middle East and elsewhere in the developing world. IRD builds partnerships among actors and organizations at the community level, local governments, and the private sector. We encourage participatory decision-making processes and develop grassroots capacity to make long-term improvements to community living standards. IRD’s work:
- Promotes local economic and social development.
- Informs citizens about the responsibilities and benefits of democratic governance and human rights.
- Encourages participation of women and youth in civil society.
- Develops and promotes civil society networks.
- Fosters direct linkages and input from local communities to local government.
IRD supports communities to become self-sufficient – to guide their own learning, l... more
Early Programming From 2005 to 2010, IRD ran an Iraq-based program to provide emer... more
By supporting the full range of children’s educational needs, IRD and its partners... more
IRD has accumulated valuable experience in approaching development from a multisect... more
The Afghan Civilian Assistance Program (ACAP) II is a civilian assistance program i... more
AVIPA and AVIPA Plus were relief and stabilization programs funded by USAID and imp... more
Colombia’s struggle against drug production and export, terrorism, and other armed... more
The goal of the Community-Based Support Program (CBSP), funded by the Department of... more
The Community Mobilization for Partnership in Schools (CMP) project is a five-year... more
CRDA began as a community mobilization initiative and evolved to emphasize economic... more
Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab world and consistently ranks at the bottom... more
The Community Stabilization Program (CSP) helped stabilize and economically revital... more
The Community-Based Support Program (CBSP) builds the capacity of Iraqi refugees li... more
Efforts to rebuild Afghanistan have been seriously hampered by the lack of qualifie... more
The Gaza Employment Generation through NGOs Program (GEGNP) aided students in the G... more
Iraq’s process of rebuilding internally and creating a strong democracy begins with... more
Sudan is the largest country in Africa, one-third the size of the United States, an... more
Iraqis have fled conflict in their own country to live in many other nations in the... more
The Grassroots Theater Initiative introduced theater founded on the “theater of the... more
The IRD Gulf Coast Community Service Center (GCCSC) has been rebuilding the lives o... more
The Iraq Community Action Program (ICAP) aims to foster democratic principles of go... more
In the immediate aftermath of the removal of Sadaam Hussein’s government in 2003, t... more
Many rural women in Iraq live in extreme poverty. Only 37 percent of rural women ca... more
Though one of the world’s youngest countries and with the youngest population in Eu... more
The Outreach for Syrian and Iraqi Refugees (OSIR 5) program supports UNHCR outreach... more
The Sahel region of West Africa is increasingly threatened by violent extremist gro... more
In July 2011 the largest country in Africa became two nations, the Republic of Suda... more
The Belgrade Youth Center, also known as Dom Omladine, served as a venue for major... more
The Southern Regional Agricultural Development (S-RAD) program works to increase lo... more
Building citizens’ confidence and trust in government are fundamental to achieving... more
The Serbian Agribusiness Project (SAP), funded by USAID, is assisting the Serbian a... more
IRD has been implementing the Women First program since 2005 in an effort to empowe... more