About Us

About Us

We strive for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world—where individuals reach their full potential, governments serve their people, and communities thrive.

But around the globe, persistent poverty, repression, and injustice prevent too many people from achieving their full potential.

To address these problems, we focus on people, not on vaccines, roads, or wells. We support individuals and institutions to create change in their own communities—and to create person-to-person bridges between nations.

We are doers. Our decades of on-the-ground experience help us create greater impact, practical recommendations, and lasting partnerships.

With an annual portfolio of $90 million and 400 staff worldwide, IREX works with partners in more than 100 countries in four areas essential to progress: cultivating leaders, empowering youth, strengthening institutions, and increasing access to quality education and information.

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Our strategy

IREX embraces a people-focused approach to development that invests in human potential and the conditions that help people thrive. Read the IREX 2020 Strategic Plan »

We work with partners around the world to promote more just, prosperous, and inclusive societies in four areas essential to progress:

To create a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world, we engage and empower youth, cultivate leaders at all levels of society, strengthen education, civic and governing institutions, and extend access to quality education and information

 

Extending access to quality education and information

3.3 million people accessed information through community centers that IREX supported last year1 million students will learn from teachers that IREX trains this year.

We believe educated, informed citizens contribute to broad-based prosperity and lively civic engagement while holding those in power accountable. We work with partners around the world to increase people's ability to engage with vibrant information, strengthen independent media, and broaden access to quality education.

Empowering youth

336,479 citizens benefited from community initiatives led by youth that IREX trained last year

We invest in youth by promoting quality education, professional development, civic engagement, and job skills. We focus especially on supporting underrepresented young women and men as they become community leaders and active, informed citizens.

Cultivating leaders

45,509 leaders sharpened their leadership skills through IREX fellowships and trainings last year

We cultivate leaders who strive to better themselves and more effectively serve others. We enhance their leadership skills through experiences and connections that strengthen the expertise and networks they need to make a difference in their communities.

Strengthening institutions

3,493 institutions were better able to serve their constituents with support from IREX last year

We help institutions at every level of society become more effective, accountable, and responsive to the diverse populations they benefit. We partner with educational, media, government, business, and civil society organizations that want to excel as they serve others.

Our history

A nonprofit organization committed to global development and education, IREX has focused on people and communities since 1968.

Our organization was created to bridge geopolitical divides by fostering the exchange of scholars, teachers, students, and ideas. IREX then built on our expertise and network of relationships in Eurasia to support people driving educational reform, leading newly empowered movements in civil society, and building effective and accountable governance. IREX became a leader in improving access to information technology, strengthening independent media, and empowering youth through education and leadership development. As global needs shifted, IREX brought this expertise to new regions—first Asia, then the Middle East and Africa, then Latin America. 

Throughout these decades of change, our focus on people and communities has been steady. Today, IREX and our partners work in 120 countries to build a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information. Learn more about IREX's history »

Financial information

IREX has an annual portfolio of more than $80 million. We work in 100+ countries with a team of 400 global staff. View more financial information »

Branding

Here are IREX's brand guidelines and logo files. The files should never be modified in any way, but we encourage you to proportionally resize the logos as needed. If you have questions about how to use the brand guidelines or logo files, please contact communications@irex.org.

IREX Europe

IREX Europe is an independent international nonprofit development organization providing innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, foster pluralistic civil society development, and reduce conflict. The IREX Europe approach emphasizes partnerships with local development organizations to expand capacity, build sustainable institutions, and affect change through training, partnerships, education, research, and grant programs.

IREX Europe, registered as an association in France, derives its founding principles from IREX. IREX Europe and IREX work in close cooperation, sharing resources and skills for the benefit of people striving to live in fairer, freer, and more prosperous societies.