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NRC in Myanmar

NRC Myanmar responds to the complex crises created by the civil war. We support displaced people as they encounter both short- and long-term issues.

Facts

A total of

132,714

people in need received our assistance in 2020.

 

Humanitarian overview

Myanmar continues to experience multiple shocks, both natural and human-induced. The overall humanitarian situation in Myanmar has continued to deteriorate throughout 2021 due to a combination of insecurity, Covid-19 and economic fragility. On 1 February 2021 the military overthrew the democratically elected government resulting in a severe escalation in violence, displacement, needs and protection risks. This has severely limited people’s access to livelihoods and essential services, increased needs and vulnerabilities, and contributed to an increase in negative coping mechanisms.

UN OCHA estimates that over 14 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Myanmar and an additional 275,000 individuals have been internally displaced in 2021. Our beneficiary communities have reported serious protection concerns and rights violations. Amidst rising tension and hostilities, it is increasingly difficult for humanitarian actors to reach those in need and for affected communities to access services.

 

People we helped in Myanmar in 2020

36,313
people benefited from our education programme
757
people benefited from our food security programme
40,681
people benefited from our shelter programme
11,083
people benefited from camp management
53,693
people benefited from our ICLA programme
21,215
people benefited from our WASH programme

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, the provision of essential services to internally displaced people in protracted displacement, and contributing to pathways to durable solutions.

 

NRC Camp managementCamp management

 
We provide needs-based protection to vulnerable people in camps, informal displacement sites and out-of-camp settings through direct camp management and mobile site management. Our teams:

  • achieve dignified living conditions for vulnerable people
  • enhance the protective environment
  • coodinate 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 are able to achieve their full potential. Our teams support:

  • first-phase education response to provide short-term protection and psychosocial support
  • transition to formal basic education by helping children access and enrol in local education programmes
  • non-formal education through utilisation of NRC NFE tools developed in country and support 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 Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)

 
We work with communities to ensure that conflict- and displacement-affected populations are able to 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 citizenships cards, and birth and marriage certificates
  • access information on and exercise their housing, land and property rights
  • resolve dispute through collaborative dispute resolution
  • improve their access to information and counselling, including referrals, on essential services

 

NRC Livelihoods and food securityLivelihoods and food security

 
We build conflict and displacement-affected populations' capacity for self-reliance and phase-out dependence on humanitarian assistance and negative coping mechanisms through:

  • improving food production
  • improving opportunities for business and employment
  • 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 and 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
  • improve access to safe learning environments to reduce barriers of accessing education
  • provide cash assistance through cash-for-work or unconditional cash
  • provide small-scale water and sanitation assistance to support shelter or other CC objectives

 

Protection

We will improve the physical, psychological and emotional well-being of conflict- and displacement-affected populations in Myanmar. Our teams:

  • conduct protection monitoring and analysis of protection risks, needs and trends to inform the wider humanitarian response
  • provide case management to address individual protection needs through the provision of ad-hoc assistance, psychological first aid, information and referral to specialised service providers
  • provide individual protection assistance (e.g. cash) to address specific needs. conduct field-research to inform evidence-based advocacy and policy, coordination and collaboration

 

NRC Myanmar is grateful for the generous support from our donors:
  • Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA)
  • Norwegian Agency for Development cooperation (Norad)
  • The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GiZ)
  • UN refugee agency (UNHCR)
  • OCHA’s Myanmar Humanitarian Fund (MHF)
  • USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
  • Swiss Development Agency (SDC)
  • Humanitarian and Resilience Fund (HARP-DfID)
  • Royal Norwegian Embassy of Myanmar
  • European Commision Humanitarian Aid (ECHO)
  • NRC/CiSCO Networking Innovation Fund

About NRC in Myanmar

Established
2008
International staff
29
Areas of operation
Yangon (Country Office), Kayin state (Hpa An), Kayah state (Loikaw), Shan state (Lashio), Tanintharyi region (Dawei), Kachin state (Bhamo and Mytkyinya), Rakhine state (Sittwe and Maungdaw), East Bago region (Taungoo)
Budget 2020
USD 9.3 million
National staff
376

Contact

Country Director

Laura Marshall

Phone

+959 400577708

E-mail

info@nrc.no