Since ICRI was founded in 1981, we have developed or operated over 300 programs in over 50 countries. Our experience spans six continents and a wide range of subject matters, and we have particular expertise in the areas of early childhood care and education, children’s rights, empowerment of women and girls, maternal/child health, and grassroots community development.
A few selected highlights include:
Brazil Street Children Project
Working in partnership with the Brazilian National Movement of Street Children, ICRI developed a coordinated network of support centers for homeless youth in Brazil. ICRI also designed and carried out an international awareness campaign about the epidemic of violence and brutality against street children.
Global Healthy Child Care Project
With funding from the IBM Work-Life Fund, ICRI conducted extensive international needs assessments and designed and implemented numerous initiatives to positively impact child development and child health outcomes in China, South Africa, Argentina, India, Spain, and Brazil. ICRI also created a website that provides up-to-date, easy-to-understand materials and guidance on how to create healthy and safe environments for young children. Check out the website here.
Eritrea Unaccompanied Children Project
ICRI received funding from the United States Agency for International Development to design and implement a new system of caring for orphaned and vulnerable children displaced by conflict in Eritrea. In collaboration with the Eritrean Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, we conducted a large-scale assessment and evaluation and designed a new system for placing children with extended family contacts and foster homes instead of in institutionalized care.
Southern Sudanese Education Project
Working with UNICEF’s Operation Lifeline Sudan and the Mundri Relief and Development Association, ICRI provided intensive training and educational materials to over 1100 teachers in Southern Sudan, where the educational system had been seriously disrupted by ongoing armed conflict.
Former Yugoslavia Capacity Building Project
Working in collaboration with the Croatian Humanitarian Network, ICRI received funding from several private foundations to assess and build capacity of the NGO sector to better respond to the needs of children and families impacted by the conflict in Kosovo and the Balkans. We conducted extensive training and capacity building to develop a coordinated network of over 300 grassroots organizations working to assist traumatized and displaced families.
ICRI has had a continuous presence in Europe since 1981. We were initially invited to offer child advocacy training for universities and community leaders in Sweden and Norway. We opened our first European office in 1990 in the Netherlands, and in 2004 moved our office to Scandinavia, where we remain involved in programs serving children and families in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
Early Childhood Development
For close to 30 years, ICRI has been involved in European early childhood training, programs, and policy dialogues. We have collaborated on early childhood initiatives with the Swedish National Child Development Forum, Humanitas Foundation of the Netherlands, and several NGOs. We have also offered early childhood training through five Scandinavian universities.
Immigrant and Refugee Children
Much of ICRI’s European child advocacy work has focused on immigrant and refugee children. In Norway, we partnered with local Immigrant Refugee Councils and the National Sports Council to integrate immigrant and refugee youth into local youth athletic programs. ICRI Europe has also advocated for the needs of immigrant and refugee children through its participation in various European Union youth development coalitions and networks.
In the 1990s, ICRI Europe received funding from the European Union to create a coordinated network of youth councils in Eastern and Western Europe. ICRI continues to provide training on youth development and child advocacy to these councils and to community-based organizations serving European youth.