Empowering Communities to End Poverty

Strengthening community resilience leading to a better quality of life

Empowering communities to develop lasting solutions to achieve their full potential

Building partnerships to demonstrate success for maximum impact


Food Security and Resilient Livelihoods

Education for Marginalized Communities

Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

Global Learning and Partnership Building


Defining Outcomes: Participatory Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Engaging Communities for Climate Change Adaptation Actions for Food and Livelihood Security

Climate-Smart and Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture: Delivering on the New Challenge


Help Mary back to School

Goats for Girls was created to combat the negative effects of gender inequality derived from a lack of education and economic gain that persists in Africa while stagnating social progress. IIRR targets adolescent girls by giving them access to education through income-generating activities.


This training helped to broaden my knowledge on community-managed disaster risk reduction. It helped improve my fieldwork for better impact.

Semina KafleRRN Nepal (IIRR partner in Applied Learning Program)

You may say that I didn’t grow bigger or taller, but eating vegetables made me active and strong and enhanced my resistance to illness. I am no longer sickly and I want to be a teacher.

Althea7 yr old participant, Cavite, Philippines

I sent a participant to one of IIRR’s training courses in the Philippines. This person came back changed I thought—whatever you did to him worked. His view about development has changed. This person was later promoted to take over my role in the organization in Bangladesh.

Dr. Craig MeisnerResearch and Extension Manager of the Cambodia Agricultural Value Chain Program (CAVAC)

Things have changed for the better. My husband also has stopped drinking alcohol and now supports me in running the family farm. We are a family now!

Apiyo Labareta50 yr old farmer, Northern Uganda

Empowering female students benefits the whole community. In appreciation of IIRR’s work, the county government commits to build a boys’ dormitory to help young herder boys get an education.

Honorary Moses LenolkulaSamburu County Governor

After receiving training on BIG, I was motivated to grow vegetables. Last season, I harvested two huge bags of onions. It was more than enough for my family and I was able to sell the excess and buy a female goat. My wife and children are so excited, and we are taking up vegetable growing as a business.

Mutayi SyliviaBIG participant, Juba, South Sudan

I would like to thank IIRR’s girls’ scholarship program for the opportunity it gave me to reach this level. There are so many girls like me who could be freed if similar support could be extended to them.

Kersi Garbicha18 yr old victim of child marriage, Dillo District, Ethiopia

These new opportunities have improved my communication and teaching skills. But even more important, the changes the project has made on our school garden, and the children’s nutrition and health—those are immeasurable.

Romeo Dela CruzBIG teacher, San Roque, Philippines

The simple skills we learned to protect our personal safety will make a huge difference when we are on duty. We have witnessed our friends get hurt in action and have seen the pain that caused them and their families.

ThomasCommander of the Fire Brigade, Hawassa, Ethiopia

IIRR is the best place for getting new and modern knowledge regarding capacity building.

Obaidullah KhanGIZ/GFA Baghlan Agriculture Project, Afghanistan (IIRR partner in Applied Learning Program)
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