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NRC in Myanmar

  • 15,739
    people benefited from our education programme
  • 2,807
    people benefited from our food security programme
  • 52,116
    people benefited from our shelter programme
  • 10,848
    people benefited from camp management
  • 48,791
    people benefited from our WASH programme
  • 231,680 people in need
    received our assistance in 2021.


Humanitarian overview

The overall humanitarian situation in Myanmar has continued to deteriorate during 2022 due to a combination of severe conflict, significant new and protracted displacement, economic deterioration, severe restrictions to access to markets and essential services, and rights violations. 

On 1 February 2021, Myanmar’s military overthrew the country’s elected government, halting the country’s gradual transition towards greater civilian rule. This has contributed to growing instability, violence and uncertainty among an already vulnerable population that has experienced decades of civil conflict, environmental shocks, and a decline in socio-economic well-being due to the Covid-19 pandemic. OCHA reports a dramatic increase in the population in need of humanitarian assistance, rising from one million in 2021 to a projected 17.6 million in 2023. The number of internally displaced people has more than tripled, rising from 330,000 individuals to 1.3 million. Humanitarian needs and gaps are further exacerbated by a severe loss of humanitarian access and limited inter-agency resources.


NRC's operation

NRC responds to the diverse needs faced by populations in Myanmar through the delivery of integrated programming and advocacy to ensure that conflict and displacement-affected communities can meet their needs and exercise their rights. NRC works with a range of different local and international partners to deliver a multi-faceted response that includes emergency response to rapid onset needs, providing essential services to internally displaced people in protracted displacement, and contributing to pathways to durable solutions.

Camp management

We provide needs-based protection to vulnerable people in camps through direct camp management. Our teams:

  • enhance the protective environment
  • coordinate access to services and information provision
  • strengthen the ability of communities to cope with displacement through community governance capacity building and enhanced communication with communities
  • inform policy and decision-making towards durable solutions to ending displacement


NRC EducationEducation


We work with communities to ensure that vulnerable conflict- and displacement-affected children and youth benefit from improved access to learning and well-being and can achieve their full potential. Our teams support:

  • education response to provide short-term protection and psychosocial support
  • transition to formal basic education, when possible, by helping children access and enrol in local education programmes
  • non-formal education through supporting coordinated efforts to provide long-term alternative learning pathways for out of school children and youth 
  • youth education and training on vocational and life skills to support pathways to enhanced livelihoods, social engagement, and further education and training


NRC Livelihoods and food securityLivelihoods and food security


We build conflict and displacement-affected populations' capacity to be self-reliant, resilient to shocks and reduce dependence on humanitarian assistance and negative coping mechanisms through:

  • improving food production
  • improving access to business and employment opportunities
  • supporting the start-up of small businesses


NRC Shelter and settlementsShelter and settlements


We ensure that target populations have physical safety, protection of their rights, adequate living standards, and where feasible, pathways to durable solutions. Our teams:

  • provide shelter repair and construction to improve living conditions, reduce negative coping mechanisms, and allow households to meet other priorities
  • support access to essential household items to meet critical needs and allow for the resumption of day-to-day activities and life with dignity
  • improve access to safe learning environments and infrastructure to reduce barriers to accessing essential services
  • provide cash assistance through cash-for-work or unconditional cash 
  • provision of small-scale water and sanitation assistance


Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)

We work with communities to ensure that conflict- and displacement-affected populations can exercise their rights and find lasting solutions to displacement through information, counselling, legal assistance, training, research and evidence-based advocacy. Our teams support vulnerable populations to:

  • access information on and use of legal and civil documentation, such as citizenship cards, and birth and marriage certificates
  • access information on and exercise their housing, land and property rights
  • resolve disputes through collaborative dispute resolution methods
  • improve their access to information and counselling, including referrals, on essential services
  • We will start working on employment law and procedures, with initiating research and understanding opportunities

Protection from violence

We will employ a variety of flexible response modalities that aim to identify, monitor and respond to protection risks affecting communities.  These include:

  • conducting protection monitoring and analysis of protection risks, needs and trends to inform the wider humanitarian response
  • providing case management and individual protection assistance through the provision of cash and in-kind assistance, psychological first aid, information and referral to specialised service providers
  • working closely with communities to identify and address protection risks facing them, through provision of training, technical and material support

About NRC in Myanmar

International staff
Areas of operation
Kayin State, Kayah State, Shan State, Tanintharyi Region, Kachin State, Rakhine State, Mon State, Bago Region
Budget 2021
USD 12 million
National staff


Regional contact

Daniel Tyler