International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. IRC works in more than 40 countries and in 28 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen their communities.

Your solutions will help the IRC to improve the lives of thousands around the globe. Get started by choosing a Challenge below, then following the links into the Wazoku Crowd platform to start solving.

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What Challenge will you solve today?

Closing date: 22nd May 2024

Award: $35,000 + $10,000 Finalist Prize Pool

IRC Announces Winners of Global Innovation Challenge to Make Latrines Safer

Visit the IRC website to learn about the winners, awards, and next steps in the 'Safe and Desirable Female Toilets in Refugee Camps' Challenge here!

Visit the Challenge homepage to view all currently open Challenges

Here's how the Challenge process works:


Sign up and complete your Solver profile

Review & Accept

Read the description of the Open Challenges in the Challenge Center and accept the Challenge Agreement


Upload proposed solution(s) you have developed for a specific Challenge


Receive cash awards for solutions accepted by Seeker organizations

Other ways you can help the International Rescue Committee


The IRC offers volunteer opportunities to work remotely and in person (while following COVID-19 precautions).


Your gift will support critical work in more than 40 countries, helping the most vulnerable to survive and rebuild their lives.

Take action with us

The IRC advocacy team works alongside our supporters to fight for policies that deliver real change for the people we serve.

Recognizing the need for transformational solutions, these Challenges are in partnership with the Airbel Impact Lab, the home of research and innovation at the IRC.

To learn more about the success of the first Challenge, Safe and Desirable Female Toilets in Refugee Camps, visit this page to see the winners, next steps, and program goals.

Why we are here

Current approaches simply aren’t enough. Breakthrough solutions are needed to match the urgency and gravity of the problems faced by people affected by crisis, and that’s why the IRC has invested heavily in innovation and creating cutting-edge ideas. Learn more about the IRC.

The Airbel Impact Lab

Recognizing the need for transformational solutions, the IRC created the Airbel Impact Lab, a research and innovation team that designs, tests, and scales life-changing products and services to solve the challenges people face in crisis and conflict-affected settings.

Project Advisor

In its role as Project Advisor, SeaFreight Labs provides coordination, facilitation, promotion, and support services to the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

About SeaFreight Labs

SeaFreight Labs is an open-innovation consultancy offering turn-key crowd-solving services to the seafreight, maritime and logistics industries. We design and execute global challenges to cost-effectively deliver breakthrough innovation for intractable problems. Visit