IRD’s mission is to reduce the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable groups and provide the tools and resources needed to increase their self-sufficiency. Since 1998, IRD has provided more than $3 billion in humanitarian and development assistance to communities worldwide.
To the people we serve, that assistance means more hospitals and medicines to heal, schools to educate, roads to give access to markets, homes to provide safe havens, training to foster skills, and steady jobs to ensure families’ wellbeing. IRD partners with a wide range of organizations—including US and other government agencies, bilateral and international donors, faith-based and nongovernmental organizations, foundations, and the private sector—to implement targeted, cost-effective relief and development programs.
We specialize in working in challenging environments, including conflict zones and areas suffering the consequences of natural disaster. IRD approaches each situation with careful assessments that we use to design short- and long-term interventions. For example, rather than just delivering food and clean water to residents of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, IRD tackled the problem of upgrading community-wide food, water, and sanitation systems. And rather than repairing a few roads in Afghanistan, IRD is helping build durable, reliable transportation and agricultural sectors intended to revitalize communities’ and the national economy.
Sectors and Services
IRD’s targeted, cost-effective programs provide assistance to the world’s most vulnerable people in seven key service areas:
Acquisitions & Logistics: In 2010, IRD acquired and delivered more than $100 million worth of donated goods to more than 20 countries. By tapping our extensive network of pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers, and charities, we gained access to supplies that enabled us to build a hospital and equip it.
Community Stabilization: IRD meets the unique social and economic needs of people in volatile areas with client-focused stabilization, transition, and conflict mitigation services. We support the full spectrum of stability activities during major combat operations and in post-conflict settings. This includes building the capacity of our local partners and civil society organizations to support the transition to peace and democracy, and assisting communities to mitigate the potential for ethnic, tribal, religious, gang, and other conflict.
Democracy, Governance & Community Development: Successful development programs require collaboration among citizens, government, and civil society organizations. In societies without well-functioning democratic institutions, citizens and communities may not be familiar with or open to organizing and engaging with local government and authority figures—unless they perceive an immediate and tangible benefit. In all our work, IRD’s approach mainstreams citizen engagement in improving access to economic opportunities, health, education, infrastructure, and social resources and services.
Health: IRD designs and delivers compre¬hensive programs and services that improve the health of millions worldwide. Our outreach, education, and relief and development programs are designed in collaboration with local organizations, government agencies, and health authorities. As a result, we mobilize resources and provide critical assistance that empowers communities to rebuild and sustain healthcare infrastructure and systems, save lives, and improve health for the long term.
Infrastructure: A community’s infrastructure is the most visible measure of its stability and level of economic development. IRD is one of only a few NGOs with the expertise and experience to complete sustainable infrastructure projects on any scale. We partner with local communities and engineering and construction firms to address immediate infrastructure needs and develop strategies to ensure that projects will be maintained for the long term. IRD’s infrastructure programs construct and rehabilitate roads, water supply and sanitation networks, schools, healthcare facilities, and other community buildings. We also train local organizations in the construction trades, management and planning, quality assurance, and long-term maintenance.
Relief & Humanitarian Assistance: IRD teams are often among the first responders, arriving immediately after a natural or man-made disaster strikes to identify and respond to the most immediate needs. Then we continue our support through the critical recovery and rehabilitation phases. Because IRD has operations worldwide, we understand the local cultural and political context, and our staff is positioned for quick response. When we respond in countries where we do not have offices, we work with local partners to initiate operations that contribute to the country’s long-term development.
Sustainable Food & Agriculture Systems: IRD partners with vulnerable communities to strengthen their food security, nutrition, and economic resiliency. Our programs operate under a wide range of conditions, but all aim to improve the productivity and efficiency of food production, processing, and marketing systems. When possible, our food and agriculture programs also integrate nutrition, public health, sanitation, and water infrastructure, generating enduring results for communities worldwide.
How We Work
Our work is strategic, results-oriented, and locally driven. IRD finds that the biggest challenges can be the best opportunities for success. In most cases, local staff and local communities implement our work. Often, over 90 percent of our staff is locally hired, while our Washington DC-based headquarters provides guidance, program development experience, technical support, financial oversight, and communications assistance to our local teams.
IRD is supported by many donors, including USAID, the departments of State and Defense, the United Nations, and the World Bank. We receive additional support from foundations, faith-based and other nongovernmental organizations, advocacy groups, and corporations. IRD also benefits from the spontaneous desire of people across the world who volunteer to support our work with their time, ideas, and funding.
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