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

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.

In Our Own Voices

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.

Cashew Cookbook

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: Afghanistan

Empowering Citizens, Engaging Governments, Rebuilding Communities: Afghanistan details IRD’s role in Afghanistan from 2006 to the present as a “stabilization operator.” Through the accounts of IRD’s donors, implementers, and beneficiaries, the case study reviews how IRD is helping Afghanistan with its challenges in building a stable, self-sufficient, and well-governed society. IRD works both to strengthen government capacity (top-down) and to rebuild community resiliency and engagement with local and national leadership (bottom-up). Along the way, the study offers a new definition of stabilization, results and outcomes to date, and lessons and recommendations for future stabilization activities.

Empowering Citizens, Engaging Governments, Rebuilding Communities: Iraq

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.