Since 1998, IRD has provided more than $3 billion in humanitarian assistance. To the communities we serve, that means more hospitals and medicines to heal, schools to educate, safe water to drink, roads to provide access to markets and healthcare, homes to provide safe havens, training to foster vocational skills, and jobs to put food on the table.
We are expert at working in challenging environments, including conflict zones and areas suffering the consequences of natural disaster. IRD approaches each situation with systematic assessments; then we design short- and long- term interventions that keep communities on the path to development. Rather than just delivering clean water to residents of the Horn of Africa, IRD tackles the underlying problem of upgrading community water storage and management systems. And rather than handing out seeds and fertilizer in Afghanistan, IRD increases trains farmers in improved agricultural methods that increase jobs, incomes, and confidence of Afghans in their government.
In short, IRD’s integrated development strategies solve interrelated needs and challenges simultaneously. That means more effective engagement with local governments and residents, more community capacity, better use of resources, and more sustainable results.
Quick Facts about IRD
1998: year IRD was founded by Dr. Arthur B. Keys, Jr.
42: number of countries where IRD has offices or programs
7: number of IRD key services areas
122: number of active projects in IRD’s portfolio
2900+: number of IRD staff worldwide
$500 million: amount IRD delivers annually in development assistance
91: cents on each dollar of our annual budget that goes to programs
$100 million: amount IRD delivers annually in donations of commodities, food, and emergency relief
$3 billion: amount IRD has delivered in development assistance since 1998
90+: minimum percentage of IRD staff who are hired locally in our country offices, on average