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Maryan is a community health worker in Somalia. She has worked with thousands of children since beginning her work for IRC in 2011. She’s very proud of the work she does and believes she is saving children’s lives. Photo: Kellie Ryan/the IRC

How a collaborative design sprint process helped us develop an innovative digital solution for community health workers to deliver quality care during COVID-19.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) works with a network of about 15,000 community health workers in over 25 countries around the world. Community health workers are typically volunteers associated with the local healthcare system and reside in or near the communities they serve.

Although none have formal training, community health workers are often the first line of defense against child deaths from preventable and easily treatable diseases, particularly in remote communities where formal health facilities are inaccessible. Their task is to share information and sometimes provide integrated community case management services (iCCM) to diagnose and treat the most common causes…


The IRC and the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School are excited to announce the spring 2021 cohort of fellows. Supported by the Arnhold Foundation, master’s and doctoral students at The New School have the opportunity to contribute or lead design and research projects at the IRC, at headquarters and in the field.

Since 2017, fellows have worked at the IRC on a range of teams including policy, innovation, research, health, governance, and emergency response. Fellows have a wide range of experience, and come from the Parsons School of Design, School of Nonprofit and Public Management…


The IRC and The Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School are excited to announce the fall 2020 cohort of fellows. Supported by the Arnhold Foundation, master’s and doctoral students at The New School have the opportunity to contribute or lead design and research projects at the IRC, at headquarters, and in the field.

Since 2017, fellows have worked at the IRC on a range of teams including policy, innovation, research, health, governance, and emergency response. …


We’re excited to announce that two IRC projects are honored in Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas.

Pop-Up Learning, a computer-assisted learning program, is a finalist in the Education category.

Martha Edu, an interactive visual education tool for children with hearing disabilities, received an honorable mention in the Best World Changing Idea Overall — Europe, Middle East, Africa category

World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists…


Calling all applicants! Are you a doctoral candidate, post-doc, or aid practitioner? Do you have work you’d like to share on education and integration? You might be the right fit for the Georg Arnhold International Summer Conference on the Potential of Education for Integration. The conference will be held in Berlin, Germany from June 22 to 26, 2020, and is hosted by The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research.

Throughout the course of the conference, we will discuss the ways education can interact with social integration of migrants, refugees and displaced persons, (national) minorities, and indigenous societies. This interdisciplinary…


The IRC and The Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School are excited to announce the fall 2019 cohort of fellows. Supported by the Arnhold Foundation, master’s and doctoral students at The New School have the opportunity to contribute or lead design and research projects at the IRC, at headquarters and in the field.

Since 2017, fellows have worked at the IRC on a range of teams including policy, innovation, research, health, governance, and emergency response. …


The Airbel Center was born from the belief at the International Rescue Committee that we can create a more effective and efficient humanitarian sector. We believe that addressing the evolving and growing nature of this crisis requires not just more aid, but also new thinking.

For the past three years, Airbel has been working to catalyze a humanitarian sphere that can provide urgent care to those who need it most, while also supporting and empowering people affected by crises, and meeting both their needs and desires.

Our vision is of a sector that empowers clients as much as service providers…


The Airbel Center at the International Rescue Committee is a team of behavioral economists, human centered designers, strategists, humanitarians, and researchers working in crisis-affected contexts.

Our evidence-based approaches help us understand some of the world’s most intractable problems and the effectiveness of current interventions. This is paired with a design-led iterative approach focusing on meeting the needs and desires of people by combining the best of a variety of disciplines and methods.

As part of our multi-disciplinary focus, Airbel works with a group of expert designers who bring important perspectives and standards from the field to our work in lower-resource…


Through the Zolberg-IRC Fellows Program, supported by the Arnhold Foundation, master’s and doctoral students at The New School have the opportunity to contribute to design and research projects at the IRC. They lead and contribute to projects at IRC headquarters and in the field. Learn more about the fellowship here.


As has been reported this week, the number of people across the world who have been forced to flee their homes continues to rise. At the close of 2018, UNHCR reports that 70.8 million children, women and men were forcibly displaced — twice as many people as 20 years ago.

As humanitarian crises grow in scale, duration and impact, so too has the need to find innovative approaches to financing that are more efficient, more effective, more equitable, and more sustainable.

The UN Global Compact on Refugees, which was adopted on 17th December 2018, establishes the architecture for an internationally-agreed…

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The research & innovation arm of the International Rescue Committee. We design, test, scale life-changing solutions for people affected by conflict & disaster.

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