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Diversity, Equality and Inclusion


The IRC was founded in 1933 to help people survive in the face of racist violence and fascist oppression and we are committed to racial and social justice. These values are core to the IRC mission of helping people whose lives and livelihoods are upended by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future.

Inequalities of power exist not just in international humanitarian organizations but in our own organization and reflect some profound historic injustices. We can do better—in some aspects, much better—in ensuring through our systems and processes for hiring and promotion that our organization at all levels reflects the diversity of the places we work and the people we serve.

We are committed to anti-racism and fighting discrimination, understanding the systemic underpinnings, and recognizing that different parts of the world experience these issues in different ways. Tackling discrimination within the humanitarian sector is not optional.

Over the last year we have prioritized investing in our work in diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) and produced a new DEI Strategy. We have set goals to increase leadership diversity and committed to the creation of a new and permanent Gender, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (GEDI) Unit and Action Plan. […]

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