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About the International Rescue Committee (IRC)
The International Rescue Committee started working in Nigeria in October 2012 in response to a flood disaster in Kogi State that affected over 7 million people, destroying harvests and damaging homes. Beginning of January 2014, IRC shifted geographical location to respond to the humanitarian crisis resulting from escalating Boko Haram led violence in Nigeria’s northeast region, which continues to uproot millions of Nigerians. The IRC is providing humanitarian support to internally displaced populations hosted in IDP camps, camp like settings,host communities and returnee populations. Both Adamawa and Borno states have a combined IDP population of 1,562,997 people. Effective November 2016, IRC operational offices in the North East have increased to four: Yola and Mubi field offices in Adamawa state, Maiduguri field office in Borno state and Damaturu field office in Yobe state.
The IRC Nigeria country program is implementing multi-sectoral interventions in the sectors of: Health and Nutrition; Environmental Health; Child Protection; Education; Women’s Protection and Empowerment; Food Security and Livelihoods and Protection. Most of these programs are driven in partnership with strategic local NGOs.
The IRC is also the lead organization of a 3 year protection program entitled ‘Promoting Rights and Supporting Protection Needs in north East Nigeria (ProSPINE)‘ and implemented in partnership with Save the Children International, Norwegian Refugee Council and Danish Refugee Council in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. The ProSPINE program will be implemented through a combination of direct protection response and case management; providing capacity building support to government and community based protection structures and referral pathways; plus advocacy to key stakeholders in the Nigerian government to improve the policy environment.