Sharing our experience, lessons learned, best practices, and innovations is an important part of IRD's work. We make our publications freely available online to our donors, partners, and the public. Limited print quantities of some publications are available by contacting our publications department.

Our most widely requested publication, Inclusion, Engagement, Community-Led Empowerment, provides an overview of our organization, work, and values. Two-page overviews are also available in English | French | Spanish | Portuguese | Arabic | Pashto. IRD fact sheets provide brief overviews of our work, by program, country, and key service area.


The 2012 IRD Annual Report provides an overview of our work and finances during our most recent fiscal year. An abbreviated print version is also available for downloading. Previous annual reports and financial statements are also available: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004

2012 in Review: Drought relief in the Horn of Africa. New schools in Jordan and health clinics in Ethiopia. Healthcare knowledge and incomes for women in Mozambique. Livelihoods for refugees in Lebanon and Jordan. Youth engagement to reduce violent extremism in West Africa. A bumper cashew harvest in Senegambia. And cultural preservation in Kosovo. Learn how IRD helped make all this possible in collaboration with our partners and beneficiaries in 2012.

This brief publication offers the viewpoints of six women from across the globe on their work for IRD and their motivation to support other women to find their own voices. They enrich and inspire us in our work to build local capacity for stable, sustainable, and vibrant communities.




This Cashew Cookbook showcases 25 recipes inspired by the best dishes presented during the course of cashew festivals held in Banjul, The Gambia, and Ziguinchor, Senegal, in early 2012. As part of IRD's Cashew Enhancement Project (CEP), professional chefs as well as amateur cooks used their imaginations to incorporate cashew into traditional and modern dishes. This cookbook represents the best recipes that were sampled at the cashew festivals. Eating cashew is good for you and for local African economies. By eating locally grown and processed cashews, you support increased rural incomes. Also available in French.


Empowering Citizens, Engaging Governments, Rebuilding Communities: Iraq details IRD’s role in Iraq from 2003 to 2009 implementing the Iraq Community Action Program to the end of the Community Stabilization Program in 2009. Through first-person accounts, project documents, and photographs, the report describes the need for a civilian-led component to counterinsurgency efforts and reviews how IRD built a strong foundation in Iraq to take on a large program, overcome the challenges of working in a conflict setting, and emerge with a wealth of applicable knowledge to share.


Empowering Citizens, Engaging Governments, Rebuilding Communities: Serbia and Montenegro provides an overview of IRD's work to bring multifaceted social assistance, economic and agricultural development, and basic infrastructure to a wartorn region. This is the first of a three-part series on IRD's work in community stabilization. Forthcoming studies will review IRD's experience, lessons learned, and recommendations derived from our community stabilization work in Iraq and Afghanistan.



The Roof-Top Rainwater Harvesting Best Practices Guide offers a reference tool for rooftop rainwater harvesting best practices. When best practices are followed, roof-top rainwater harvesting provides communities new sources of water as well as improves their water management capacity and resilience to drought. The guide is informed by IRD Zimbabwe's three rooftop rainwater harvesting programs (2009–2013) and by the contributions of partners from across the region. The guide reviews various technologies, then discusses best practices and other considerations related to system hardware (design, sizing, and material selection) and software (behavior changes and social considerations to ensure the sustainability of the intervention).


WASH Training for Schools with Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting Systems: IRD produced a school training manual and toolkit for Zimbabwean schools benefiting from rainwater harvesting systems. The manual and toolkit are designed to be used together to educate primary school students about rainwater harvesting as a viable option for supplying water to schools in Zimbabwe and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) issues in general.



Making a World of Difference: Empowering Communities Affected by HIV/AIDS provides insight into IRD's unique approach to addressing HIV/AIDS, which is based on the understanding that the wellbeing of those affected by the disease depends on a variety of interrelated needs.





Women First combines health and HIV/AIDS education with entrepreneurial training for rural Mozambican women and girls, giving them tools to improve their families’ health and livelihoods. IRD designed the program to increase knowledge of healthy behaviors, strengthen women’s economic power, and create opportunities for private sector partners to expand their market reach.




Project monitoring and reporting in some developing nations can be difficult due to instability and lack of infrastructure and access to technology. As a result, implementers are sometimes only able to provide donors with limited data, making it difficult to determine whether a program is achieving desired results. To address this, IRD created the CMORE platform – a collection of tools, processes, and organizational concepts that enable international organizations, donors, and governments to more effectively monitor their development assets and investments. By leveraging widely available cellular communications and web technologies, CMORE employs mobile and cloud-based applications for digital data collection and transmission,  management of field staff, and sophisticated data visualization and analysis.

Community Outreach and Capacity Building is an IRD innovation to improve government buy-in and community acceptance, reduce risk, and increase local capacity to deliver high-quality infrastructure projects. While the integrated approach is tailored to each project, the overarching goal is to support clients to manage their infrastructure needs independently for the long term. In June 2012, USAID recognized COCB as a model that can yield insights for the international development community on how it can strengthen its understanding of local capacity development.


IRD established the Construction Trades Training Center (CTTC) with funding from USAID and operated it from October 2005 to June 2008. Located in Jalalabad City, the center became a driving force behind sustainable reconstruction in Afghanistan by addressing critical skill deficiencies among the local workforce and building capacity through vocational training.



Cashew Business Basics, developed by IRD Gambia in collaboration with the Peace Corps and the African Cashew Alliance, is designed to introduce best cashew production, processing, and marketing practices in the Senegambia region. Also available in French and Portuguese.




IRD receives funding from a wide range of organizations with the expectation that it will be used in a responsible, forthright manner to implement targeted and cost-effective programs. To meet these expectations, IRD actively promotes a culture of integrity, compliance, responsibility, and accountability. The Code of Business Ethics and Conduct is the foundation for our organizational culture. It reflects our commitment to the donors, clients, and the vulnerable populations that we serve.



The Communications Survival Guide provides IRD headquarters and field staff guidance and on IRD communications, graphics, and editiorial standards. It includes advice on creating a communications strategy, developing field materials, designing effective presentations, photography, and editorial style. Also included are standards of usage for IRD's logo, typography, icons, and colors.



The Iraq Cultural Heritage Project established the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in Erbil, renovated the Iraq National Museum, and strengthened the capacity of museum staff to effectively manage the museum system. This publication provides a pictorial overview and history of the project’s achievements.