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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.


A total of


people in need received our assistance in 2020.


Humanitarian overview

Myanmar continues to experience multiple shocks, both natural and human-induced. According to UN OCHA, needs in Myanmar are characterised by a complex combination of vulnerabilities to natural disasters, food insecurity, armed conflict, inter-communal tensions, statelessness, systematised discrimination, land appropriation and protracted displacement. Around 941,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Myanmar. 244,000 individuals are internally displaced in Kachin, Shan, Rakhine and Kayin States, of which around 77 per cent are women or children.

Myanmar refugees have been displaced across multiple borders and seek, or are afforded, different levels of protection depending on their countries of refuge. There are estimated to be over 900,000 Myanmar refugees in Bangladesh. Thailand hosts around 97,000 Myanmar refugees in nine border camps, plus many more hidden and undocumented refugees in addition to economic migrants. Refugees from the Northeast often cross the border into China but, as it does not afford them refugee status, they are periodically returned across the border.


People we helped in Myanmar in 2020

people benefited from our education programme
people benefited from our food security programme
people benefited from our shelter programme
people benefited from camp management
people benefited from our ICLA programme
people benefited from our WASH programme

NRC's operation

NRC responds to the diverse needs faced by conflict and displacement-affected populations in Myanmar through the delivery of integrated programming and advocacy to achieve needs-based protection. 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 achieving durable solutions to displacement.


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
  • formal education systems by helping children access and enrol in local education programmes
  • non-formal education through tailored alternative education activities for out-of-school children
  • 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 and use of legal and civil documentation, such as citizenship cards and birth and marriage certificates
  • exercise their housing, land and property rights, including through collaborative dispute methodologies
  • improve their access to essential services and livelihoods during displacement


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:

  • technical and business training
  • coaching, mentoring, and cash grants for business start-ups and farming re-starts
  • supporting savings groups


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 crucial needs and allow for the resumption of day-to-day activities
  • improve access to infrastructure to improve access to basic services and livelihood opportunities
  • improve access to safe learning environments to reduce barriers of accessing education
  • provide cash assistance through cash-for-work or unconditional cash



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
  • support other core competencies to strengthen their safe programming standards through supporting protection risk assessments and capacity building initiatives
  • 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)
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
  • UN refugee agency (UNHCR)
  • OCHA’s Myanmar Humanitarian Fund (MHF)
  • OFDA Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID) 
  • Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund
  • Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Fund (GSMA)
  • The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GiZ)
  • Swiss Development Agency (SDC)
  • Humanitarian and Resilience Fund (HARP-DfID)
  • Royal Norwegian Embassy of Myanmar
  • Joint Peace Fund (JPF)
  • ECHO (European Commision Humanitarian Aid)

About NRC in Myanmar

International staff
Areas of operation
Yangon (Country Office), Kayin state (Hpa An), Mon state (Thaton), Kayah state (Loikaw), Shan state (Taunggyi and Lashio), Tanintharyi region (Dawei and Myeik), Kachin state (Bhamo), Rakhine state (Sittwe and Maungdaw) and East Bago region (Taungoo).
Budget 2019
USD 8.6 million
National staff


Country Director

Laura Marshall


+959 400577708



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