Annual Report 2015


Millions displaced: The IRC responds

More than 60 million people worldwide have been displaced from their homes, the largest upheaval of humanity since World War II. Twelve million are from Syria alone, but conflict, persecution and natural disaster have impacted South Sudan, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan as well.

The IRC and its partner organizations have responded by rapidly delivering vital lifesaving aid to these crisis areas. In 2015, 23 million people in more than 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities benefited from IRC programs that help restore health, safety, education and economic well-being to those devastated by conflict and disaster.

  • xRefugees and internally displaced people by region
  • xIRC Programs
  • xIRC Partnerships
  • xSurge Protection Project*
  • xAs of Jan.1, 2016
  • x*Provides crucial staff support to the United Nations refugee agency to protect refugees during crises

Our Impact

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping people to survive, recover and reclaim control of their future.

Thanks to the generosity of IRC supporters, more than 23 million people benefited from IRC programs and those of our partner organizations in 2015 - nearly 5.5 million more than we were able to reach in 2014.


21 Million+

people gained access to primary and reproductive health care


2.6 Million

people gained access to clean drinking water or sanitation


1.3 Million

children provided with schooling and educational opportunities

A message from IRC leadership

Speaking on behalf of our Board, Overseers, and IRC colleagues we are honored to present to you, our donors and supporters, the IRC’s annual report for 2015. Thank you for your continuing generosity and support

David Miliband
President and CEO
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Millions on the Move


Responding to the World’s Worst Displacement Crisis

The IRC is the only international relief agency working on all fronts of the Syrian crisis, assisting those displaced inside Syria and those who have sought refuge in neighboring countries, Europe and the U.S.

Beyond the Syrian Crisis: Millions in need worldwide

Ebola Crisis: The Road to Redemption


The Road to

At the height of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Redemption Hospital in Liberia was forced to shut down. In early 2015, the IRC stepped in to renovate the hospital. Here is the story of its rebirth.

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Transforming Lives

The International Rescue Committee extends its deepest gratitude to our supporters, who help us restore dignity and hope to those whose lives are profoundly affected by war, conflict, oppression and natural disaster.

The commitment of our donors, whether they be individuals, foundations, corporations, volunteers, governments, non-governmental organizations or multilateral agencies, is what enables the IRC to respond swiftly in emergencies and help communities recover from crisis.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we were able to reach more than 23 million people with lifesaving aid in 2015 — nearly 5.5 million more individuals than we were able to reach in 2014.

Program Services

  • xHealth 39%
  • xEducation 16%
  • xResettlement 13%
  • xOther Programs* 12%
  • xDistribution 10%
  • xWater and Sanitation 7%
  • xCommunity Development 3%
  • *Includes protection, shelter and livelihoods

The IRC’s Efficiency

IRC Efficiency
  • xPrograms and Services 93%
  • xManagement and General 4%
  • xIRC Partnerships 3%

The IRC’s Ratings

The American Institute of Philanthropy CharityWatch gives the IRC an A+. Charity Navigator awarded the IRC its highest rating. And the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance notes the IRC meets all 20 standards.


IRC Voices

The International Rescue Committee is proud to have the support of our IRC Voices and supporters. We applaud their passion, generosity and commitment.

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