Children jump rope at the Temporary Learning Space organized by NRC at Kakungo primary school.
 PROJECT INFORMATION: Children of 16 vulnerable schools affected by the armed conflict in Pinga/North Kivu are supported by The Norwegian Refugee Council funded by a grant from the European Union’s Nobel Peace prize: Children of Peace initiative. NRC supports children by providing them access to quality education and giving them the opportunity to learn in safe, protective and nurturing spaces. In doing so, NRC contributes to reducing the suffering and vulnerability of conflict-affected children.  
Photo: NRC/Vincent Tremeau

Ecole primaire Kakungo. Pinga le 28 avril 2015
Activités dite de CFS (Child friendly spaces) mises en place par NRC. Les plus petits s'occupent avec d'autres jeux. 
Photo: NRC/Vincent Tremeau
Read caption Children jump rope outside of Kakungo primary school. Photo: NRC/Vincent Tremeau

NRC in Democratic Republic of Congo

Conflict and flares of extreme violence against civilians continue in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. NRC strives to meet the needs of people affected by displacement.

DR Congo

Total number of refugees
Internally displaced persons
Refugees from other countries
New refugees
Voluntary returns
Source: UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). The figures are from the beginning of 2016.


Humanitarian and political background

Decades of armed violence, human rights violations, and extreme poverty have displaced millions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A recent surge in violence has made it harder to reach out with aid to the many people who need it.

Two decade-long emergency

DRC has been in a situation of emergency for 20 years. There are few indications that the long-lasting crisis in the eastern part of the country will come to an end anytime soon. In 2015, eastern DRC experienced an upsurge in violence, putting the population at risk.

In the South and North Kivu provinces, thousands of people continue to flee inter-ethnic conflict and attacks by armed groups. An estimated 1.6 million people are displaced in eastern DRC, and a total of 7.5 million people in the country are in need of humanitarian aid.

As violence spread in 2015, it became harder to deliver aid. Several international NGOs experienced severe security incidents and kidnappings. Insecurity is among the greatest challenges faced by international NGOs in the country.

Burundians fleeing to DRC

Since the eruption of the political crisis in Burundi in April 2015, hundreds of Burundians have been killed and nearly 245,000 fled to neighbouring countries such as DRC. As of February 2016, more than 20,000 Burundian refugees have arrived in South Kivu.

People we helped in the DR Congo in 2015

people benefited from our education programme.
people benefited from our food security programme
people benefited from our ICLA programme
people benefited from our WASH programme


NRC in the Democratic Republic of Congo

From our 10 field offices in DRC, NRC strives to cover the basic needs of people affected by displacement.

We assist displacement-affected people in DRC, whether they are displaced or members of host communities. We provide water and sanitation services, food security, education and give people legal advice.


When I go to school, I am not afraid of anything, but the others do not understand how I can go to school when I already have a child! I say that if I go to school, it is precisely because I want to help others. Even if they laugh at me, I let them talk, I go to school anyway.

Francoise (15) has a one-year-old son named Chance. Pinga, DRC (2015)

By providing access to quality education in a safe environment, NRC supports children and youth in playing an active role in the peaceful development of their communities.

Our education activities:

  • Provide children with education and protection through emergency teacher packages, youth programmes and education in emergency projects.
  • Spread knowledge among community members and local authorities on the importance of education and child protection, and how they can actively promote children's rights.
  • Train teachers on psychosocial support.


Food security

In DRC, we support people affected by displacement with food assistance. We also strive to prevent their resources from eroding.

Our food security activities:

  • Give trainings sessions on agricultural production and how to best take care of farm animals.
  • Distribute seeds, livestock and agriculture tools.
  • Support people in developing activities that generate income.
  • Bring small farmers closer to the markets and other social services by rehabilitating roads.



We support the construction of school buildings to create environments where children and families can safely learn and live.

Through our shelter activities, we:

  • Support construction of schools and classrooms.
  • Support construction of family shelters and community infrastructures.
  • Collaborate with local communities to facilitate a sustainability process.


Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA)

We help people learn about and exercise their property rights and obtain civil documentation.

Our ICLA activities aim to:

  • Provide information, trainings and dispute resolution services so that people can learn about and exercise their property rights.
  • Resolve land conflicts.
  • Increase tenure security.
  • Help people obtain civil documentation, particularly birth and marriage certificates.
  • Integrate greater protection for women's rights into activities.
  • Emphasise equal access to land and women's security of tenure.



We construct and repair water points and latrines and spread knowledge about safe hygiene practices to people affected by displacement.

Our WASH activities aim to:

  • Facilitate access to clean water and latrines.
  • Reduce mortality.
  • Encourage participation and enhance best practices.

Budget 2015
135 million NOK
International staff
Field offices
Goma, Beni, Bukavu, Kinshasa (liaison office), Baraka, Kirumba, Masisi, Pinga, Nobili, Kitchanga (satellite offices)
Budget 2014
155 million NOK
National staff

NRC in DR Congo

Country Director

Ulrika Blom