About IRT

Young boy stands outside a refugee campInternational Refugee Trust (IRT) was founded in 1989 to help improve the lives of refugees, internally displaced people and returnees around the world. We are there when the big agencies move on.

All too often there are headlines in the media showing people forced to leave their homes and become refugees because of natural disasters such as famine, floods and earthquakes or man-made disasters such as war or ethnic cleansing. Large relief agencies are quick to react, and they do a wonderful job. However, in many cases when the media coverage has died down and the initial needs are met, they move their resources on to tackle the next emergency.

We make a difference because we focus on small scale projects and are committed to seeing the full project through. We provide medical care, homes, food, education and training. We focus on income-generating projects as we believe that financial independence and a person’s dignity are crucial for rebuilding people’s lives.  Countries where IRT is currently active are  Uganda, South Sudan, Thailand, and Jordan.

Our Vision

Women working in the fieldsA world where all people live peacefully in the place they call home, with the skills, opportunities and confidence to support themselves and progress socially and economically.

Our Mission

To support community based organisations in developing countries working in partnership with marginalised refugees, IDPs, returnees and those at risk of displacement. Together, we aim to achieve social and economic development through building resilient and peaceful communities.

Our Goal

Sustainable improvement in the social and economic conditions of marginalised communities of refugees, IDPs, returnees and those at risk of displacement.

This will be achieved through:

  • Providing resources and capacity-building support to community based organisations to facilitate the empowerment of people who have suffered displacement or who are at risk of displacement;
  • Ensuring partners effectively assess the impact of projects;
  • Promoting the sharing of experience and expertise between local partners.