Our goals

The IRC has been working with the EU since 2003 to provide life-saving support to people in the hardest-to-reach places and to help rebuild the lives of refugees and asylum seekers in Europe.
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Our work with EU Humanitarian Aid


The Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) has been funding our programmes since 2003.

Among EU Humanitarian Aid’s NGO funding recipients, the IRC is currently its second biggest implementing partner.

 

In the spotlight: in 2019 funding from DG ECHO has helped us to:

  • Deliver life-saving treatment to 3,367 children suffering from severe and acute malnutrition in Yemen

  • Give support to 5,164 survivors who had been affected by gender-based violence in Syria

  • Provide 40,563 healthcare consultations to people living in Syria

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Our work with the Directorate-General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations


Through the EU Trust Fund for Africa, the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations has been funding IRC programmes in Libya since 2018.

 

In the spotlight: in 2019, DG NEAR helped us to deploy mobile health teams in Misrata, Libya, where we were able to:

  • Reach 682 people with reproductive health consultations

  • Support 1,367 people with primary health care services

  • Train 25 Libyan ministry of health staff to improve the way they deliver services

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Our work with the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development


The European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) has been working with the IRC since 2011.

In the spotlight: in 2019 funding from DG DEVCO has helped us to:

  • Give 13,038 school kits to children living in Ménaka in Mali so children can make the most out of their education

  • Reach 133,624 people in Nigeria through community health volunteers, who provide vital information on how to keep families safe

  • Deliver 205 babies at an IRC-supported clinic in Nigeria with trained experts, keeping more mothers and their newbornssafe

Our work with the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers


The IRC has been working with the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST) since 2018.

In the spotlight: in 2019, funding from DG JUST enabled the IRC in Greece to:

  • Provide training to 43 community leaders to help them identify, support and refer survivors of gender-based violence to relevant services

  • Provide training on child protection and caring for child survivors to 21 professionals -police officers, psychologists, social workers and medical staff

  • Conduct exchange visits between Greece, France and Bulgaria to share best practices on supporting women affected by violence

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Our work with the Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs


The Directorate General for Home Affairs and Interior (DG HOME) has been funding IRC programmes since 2018.

In the spotlight: in 2019, funding for the EURITA programme has helped us to train 175 people from 14 different countries on how to provide best-in-class refugee integration services