Impact partner profile

The International Rescue Committee 

The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and regain control of their future.

Est. since


Location of HQ

122 East 42nd Street New York, NY, 10168-1289, United States of America

Partnership date with Thankyou

September 2020

Area of focus

Economic Wellbeing, Health, Education, Safety, Power


The IRC work in over 40 countries worldwide, and 29 US cities


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) exists to respond to the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Their vision is to lead within the humanitarian field by implementing high-impact, cost-effective programs. These programs help to restore health, safety, education, economic well-being and power, to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Alongside their programs, The IRC work towards shaping policies that push for change from a local to global level. The team at IRC are currently operating in over 40 countries to provide vital services such as; responding to urgent health needs, educating vulnerable displaced children, and training for female refugees. IRCs programs are based on the best available evidence, are adapted to context, and responsive to client needs and preferences.

The focus of Thankyou’s grant will be in responding to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

After more than five years of war, millions of people are now hungry, physically unwell, destitute and acutely vulnerable. A staggering 80% of the population requires some form of humanitarian assistance and protection.

According to the most recent Integrated Food Security Phase Classification analysis, 359,500 people in the Aden governorate of Yemen are predicted to be living in a humanitarian emergency or crisis situation, and in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, by the end of 2020.

Despite the ongoing assistance, 20.1 million people in Yemen at large are food insecure, of which nearly 10 million are severely food insecure.

Now, Yemen faces the devastating impact of COVID-19, which has been spreading across the country since April 2020. As of 14th of September, there are 2,011 total confirmed cases and 583 deaths, giving Yemen the highest case fatality rate in the world.

COVID has further exacerbated the fragility of Yemen, which has greatly impacted people’s ability to afford food and other basic items such as medicine.

The impact is particularly great on already-vulnerable households, and existing vulnerabilities – such as malnutrition – will be exacerbated. In addition, these households will likely experience drastic increases in household debt; they may be required to sell off assets including productive assets with longer-term value; or they may resort to other negative coping strategies if they do not get immediate support.

It is this immediate support that the IRC’s Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance (MPCA) program will provide for extremely vulnerable households in the Aden Governorate. MPCA is one of the strongest evidence-based interventions to meet vulnerable people’s basic food and non-food needs in humanitarian crises.

Despite the overarching macroeconomic damage in Yemen, local markets and supply chains have remained resilient and are currently functioning. They have been able to provide sufficient quality and quantity of food and other household items. It is therefore important to use cash transfers instead of other forms of emergency aid, as cash transfers can have a positive multiplier effect on local economies in emergency contexts, contributing to the recovery of local markets that benefit from an increase in demand. As many vulnerable households are unable to afford basic commodities due to a lack of purchasing power – cash assistance will help to address this.

Core impact goals

Increase Food Consumption Scores (FCSs)

The IRC aim to have 80% of households reach the Acceptable phase of FCS (where phases are: Poor, Borderline, or Acceptable).

Reduce Coping Strategy Index scores

The IRC aim to see a Reduced Coping Strategy Index of 70% in the communities they serve.

Increase the number of households with access to non-food items

Another goal of The IRC is to see an 80% increase in households reporting adequate access to non-food items.

Increase humanitarian assistance delivery

The IRC aim to see a 90% increase in the amount of people in target communities reporting that humanitarian assistance is delivered in a safe, accessible, accountable, and participatory manner.

Stabilise average food prices

The IRC aim to see the change in average prices of staple food items in local markets remain within +/– 30%.

Type of grant funding given

$900,000* AUD

*12 month grant tied to the multi-purpose cash assistance program in Yemen (October 2020 - September 2021)

FY2021 impact milestones

As one of our humanitarian partners, The IRC’s milestones look a little different to our development partners’ goals. Our funding for this grant goes towards achieving the below:

The IRC aim to provide 480 households in the Al Bureiqah district, Aden governorate, Yemen with six rounds of multi-purpose cash assistance over a period of 12 months to meet their basic needs and avoid negative coping strategies.
The IRC provided 370 households in the Al Bureiqah district, Aden governorate, Yemen, with six rounds of multi-purpose cash assistance, approximately $162 per distribution, over 12 months to meet their basic needs and avoid negative coping strategies.The original target was to serve 440 households with six rounds of cash assistance. However, due to local currency fluctuations in Yemen resulting in the increased price of basic commodities in the market, including food, the transfer value was revised from 117,000 YER to 141,000 YER based on the survival minimum expenditure basket (SMEB). This obliged the IRC to reduce the targeted households from 440 to 370 to align with the revised transfer value and ensure six rounds of cash distribution to the selected households.
The IRC aim to see that multi-purpose cash assistance is delivered in a safe, accessible, accountable, and participatory manner to 90% of target households.
91% of the endline surveyed clients mentioned that cash assistance provided by the IRC was delivered in a safe, participatory and accountable manner. The recipients acknowledged that they were well informed about the location and timing of the distribution, and COVID-19 prevention measures were in place on the distribution days.
The IRC aim to see 80% of these target households reporting adequate access to non-food items as a result of multi-purpose cash assistance.
The findings show that the ‘Reduced Coping Strategy Index’, which uses a standard set of five individual coping behaviors that can be employed by any household, anywhere, significantly decreased at the endline, with 90% of the households using minimum negative coping strategies to meet their household food requirements. The results imply that the targeted households can now meet essential food and non-food needs without engaging in typical and unsustainable strategies to access food and income.
Milestone complete.
On track
Milestone on-track for completion within specified timeframe, outside of Thankyou’s grant period.
Partially achieved
Milestone <90% completed within grant period.
Mostly achieved
>90%+ milestone completion.
Milestone delayed, not completed within grant period.

FY2021 impact report