NRC distribution point in Dadaab, Kenya. Photo: NRC /Astrid Sehl
This is NRC:
Rights Respected and People Protected
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The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent, humanitarian, non-profit, non-governmental organisation which provides assistance, protection and durable solutions to refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide.

What is NRC?

NRC promotes and protects the rights of people who have been forced to flee their countries, or their homes within their countries. It is the only Norwegian organisation that specialises in international efforts aimed at this target group.

The majority of our approximately 3500 staff members are national employees in NRC’s projects in around 20 countries in Africa, Asia, America and Europe. All our projects are run from a small and efficient administration in Oslo.

NRC was established in 1946 under the name Aid to Europe, to assist refugees in Europe after World War II. Today NRC is organised as an independent, private foundation. We cooperate closely with the UN and other organisations, around the world as well as in Norway.

What does NRC do?

Programme Activities: NRC provides humanitarian assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees. Our programme activities are concentrated on five core activities: 

EducationFood Security
ShelterWater, Sanitation, and Hygiene
Information, Counselling, and Legal Assistance


Advocacy: NRC is an independent and courageous spokesperson for refugee and IDP rights in the countries where we work, in international forums and in Norway.

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) in Geneva monitors and provides up-to date information on all situations of conflict-induced internal displacement worldwide. The IDMC also conducts trainings on the protection of internally displaced persons.

Emergency Standby Forces: NRC has some 850 men and women in its Emergency Standby Forces. On 72 hours notice they can deploy anywhere in the world to support the UN and other international organisations with humanitarian aid and emergency relief operations.


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