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Through the IIRR Lens – 2021 a year of challenges and triumphs – 2021 Impact Report published today!

August 3, 2022 – Detailing a year of unrivalled challenges and impressive achievements, IIRR today released its 2021 Impact Report, which includes a wealth of project images and testimony from the people whose lives are often transformed through the work we do in partnership with them. 

In a joint statement Peter Williams, IIRR President and Ricardo Ricardo A. Anzaldua-Montoya, IIRR Chairman, said:

“While the pandemic is not yet behind us and new challenges related to climate change and food security continue to grow, our future has never been clearer. With the commitment of our people and the solid foundations of our vision, mission, and values, we are confident that we face the future on a strong footing. We will continue to capitalize on growth opportunities and maximize the impact of our work, while scaling new heights in delivering our mission as a global leader in rural development.”

Despite another year of COVID-19 battles, 2021 saw remarkable and sustained progress across all of our 5 themes – Economic Empowerment, Environment, Education, Health, and Food Systems.

In many ways the pandemic heightened the needs of our target communities, but it also brought an acute focus to finding and deploying solutions. Our collaborative approach also took on a renewed relevance and enhanced value, with community participation and local knowledge playing a major role in our successful project delivery. Similarly, strategic partnerships continued to play a key role in our work.

Delivering 42 new projects across 8 countries and improving the lives of over 1.9 million people, 2021 was a truly inspiring year. Our commitment to working efficiently with a lean and agile structure paid dividends, and we were able to maintain 87% of expenditure going directly to project delivery. We also signed a total of US$5 Million in contracts in the last six months of 2021 alone, signaling a continuing and sustained growth in operations.  

Some of our project impact stories reveal the hard work and community cohesion that characterize many of the rural communities with whom we work. Read more about our work and hear directly from the people we work alongside. Find more detail here and download the full PDF here.

The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, also known as IIRR, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower rural people to build resilient communities and attain socioeconomic equity through creative and community-led action. The organization has delivered programs to more than 40 countries across 5 continents and has directly impacted the lives of over 17 million people as of 2021.

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