Sustainable Development

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Teach a man to fish – feed him for life

At Islamic Relief, we aim to empower disadvantaged people so they can transform their lives for the better.

With a focus on sustainable development, our programs give vulnerable communities better access to basic needs and essential services and the opportunity to improve their livelihoods and lift themselves up from poverty and vulnerability, permanently.

To do this, we ensure that our sustainable projects are:


All projects are community owned and led, placing the household at the centre


We consider each family’s individual circumstances and design projects to meet these varying needs

Fully sustainable

We undertake longer projects with follow-on initiatives to build on successes, sustaining the benefits and impact of our work

Our sustainable solutions also minimise damage to the environment and the economies of the local communities we work with. We are committed to helping achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to bring an end to extreme poverty, promote prosperity and wellbeing for all, protect the environment and address climate change. One of our key priorities is making sure that the vulnerable communities we work with are able to adapt and respond to the damaging effects of climate change.

We adopt a human rights based approach in planning and delivering our aid and development projects, promoting and protecting human rights and dignity for all.

Humanitarian relief vs Sustainable development

Water Supply, Sanitation & Hygiene Promotion (WASH)

Food Security & Nutrition

Shelter & Settlement


Life saving:
Humanitarian Relief
Water trucking, temporary latrines, relief items including buckets, soap and towls
Food parcels, therapeutic feeding for malnourished children
Tents and tarpaulins, blankets and clothes
First aid and emergency medical care, medical supplies
Life improving:
Sustainable Development
Rebuilding wells and household latrines, community water systems, hygiene training for school children
Seeds and tools, livelihoods diversification and strengthening for income generation and improved nutrition
House repair and rebuilding, community infrastructure like schools and clinics
Health promotion activities, rehabilitation and psychosocial care, mother-child health services

What our projects deliver

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