Islamic Relief USA is nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian agency working to aid disaster responses, underprivileged citizens and other international relief and development efforts. Recently, Imran Madden, the president of IRUSA, spoke about humanitarianism at the Bond Conference 2018 on some of his biggest challenges and how he plans to overcome them. When asked about the largest obstacles the agency will face when aiding humanitarian efforts, he explained how warring factions often act with blatant disregard to humanitarian principles.
This has not only made it difficult to aid people in such war-torn countries as Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen, but even caused them to lose a few of their employees during humanitarian relief efforts. He did, however, express hope that the Sustainable Development Goals, recently established by the United Nations, would enable these humanitarian relief efforts to continue without being hindered by outside forces. He also talked about how important it is to invest in the long-term futures of underprivileged people to ensure their resilience in the long run. He also spoke about the organization’s status as a Muslim Charity and how that has affected their efforts to provide aid to raise funds for humanitarians efforts. Muslims feel particularly generous during the month of Ramadan. However, the rise of Islamophobia has led to them having to defend the authenticity of their philanthropic endeavors.
He then discussed the Grand Bargain and how important it is to have that kind of dedication from those willing to make a contribution to the cause. Now more than ever, humanitarian crises are popping up all over the world. Thus, the need for organizations such as IRUSA has become paramount. It’s also important that we change the way we operate, he said, to accommodate these new developments. He talked about how they’re working to foster new progress and how much they’re learning through their educational programs.
His company is also part of an organization known as Charter for Change. Together, they are helping garner greater support for organizations working to provide aid and relief in third-world countries that desperately need it such as Pakistan and Bangladesh. He also discussed how the rise of WHS last year has led to them being able to improve their programming and help increase the inclusion of those with disabilities in protection activities. We thank Mr. Madden for all he has done for the organization and look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next.