Mainstreaming the Marginalized
Established in 2000, IRC aims to be a key player providing replicable models for integrated social and economic development in Pakistan. It has grown from being a one person set up to an effective organization with over 425 people with several offices and projects. From an initial focus on building capacity of local community organisations and education for girls, it has developed a comprehensive programme around rural development, including income generation, democracy, empowerment of the poor, disaster relief and recovery and advocacy support.
- Eradicate Extreme Hunger and Poverty
- Achieve Universal Primary Education
- Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
- Reduce Child Mortality
- Improve Maternal Health
- Ensure Environmental Sustain ability
Since inception, IRC has retained focus on Sindh, recognising that an integrated and holistic approach is necessary if sustainable positive change is to be achieved. IRC has developed its programmes so they are linked with each other and are implemented within the same geographic areas and communities.
It is a well known fact that in Pakistan, much of the development resources have either not reached the intended beneficiaries, and/or has been largely ineffective because the approaches used are not focused on the needs of the beneficiaries. The model used by IRC addresses this issue by channeling resources directly to the poor and marginalised at minimum operational cost.
IRC has a head office in Karachi, where the Executive Director’s office, finance and human resource management functions are located. Educational and governance projects are also run from this office. A sales outlet for IRC managed arts and crafts centre, Khazana, is operated at the Defence Sunday Bazaar. The regional offices are at Khairpur and Dadu and sub offices in Sukkur, Kambar-Shahdadkot, Sehwan and Jamshoro.