“People are the foundation of the world. If the foundation is firm, then the world will enjoy tranquillity. But three-fourths of the world’s people are underhoused, underclothed, underfed and illiterate. In other words, threefourths of the world’s foundation is weak. Now as long as this continues to be true we have a very poor foundation upon which to build the world. Fortunately, the poor have potential powers for self-development. What they lack is the opportunity to release and develop those powers. Therefore IIRR is in the business of releasing the powers of these hard-working people to attain equity, justice and peace.”
Our work is always guided by the principles of our founder, Dr. Y.C. James Yen.
Learning community approach
Community-led and managed approach
Scaling up knowledge
Building a community of practice
We believe that poverty is interlocking with no simple solutions. To deliver our services, we keep in mind the value of these approaches:
Partnerships and collaboration
Education for all
Environment and Livelihoods
We currently have strong anti-poverty programs in three countries in Southeast Asia (Philippines, Cambodia, and Myanmar) and five countries within Eastern and Southern Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, South Sudan, and Zimbabwe).
Global Learning Program
IIRR continues to be an international training and enabling institution of choice for development practitioners, backed by more than 60 years field practice and experience in Asia and Africa. Since the first training program in 1965, IIRR’s training courses continue to evolve with time.