Dr. Mukesh, a NORCAP health specialist, working at UNICEF in Bangladesh in 2018. During his assignment he was the focal point for the five diarrhea treatment centres for Rohingya refugees run by the organisation in the Cox’s Bazar area. Photo: Ingebjørg Kårstad/NRC

Our projects and programmes

Our way of working is well implemented across a range of projects and programmes. Some projects and programmes we have developed and operate in our own right, while others have been established and are being operated in collaboration with our partners.

Projects and programmes by NORCAP

Cash and markets: Our Cash and Markets Capacity Development Project (CashCap) is widely recognised as instrumental to the global growth of cash and voucher assistance to people in emergencies. We support humanitarian and development partners’ efforts to scale up this type of assistance by providing coordination expertise, technical assistance, on-the-job training, and promoting collaboration to deliver cash at scale. Read more here

Climate action and sustainable responses: We advise international, regional and national partners on how to speed up the shift to clean energy solutions. This includes increasing access to clean, reliable and affordable energy for people living in refugee and displacement camps. We also focus on enhancing the quality of climate and weather information, strengthening communities' ability to handle changing conditions.

Read more: Climate adaptation builds local resilience 

Community engagement and accountability: We work to strengthen the relevance, quality and impact of humanitarian aid by advocating for the meaningful participation of people affected by crises and disasters. This includes working closely with partners to ensure the humanitarian sector has the technical expertise it needs adopt a more systematic and coordinated approach to community engagement and accountability.

Conflict-related Sexual Violence: We work to improve prevention and response to conflict-related sexual violence by addressing both knowledge and capacity gaps. We do this by developing training materials, supporting policy makers and academic research.

Education in emergencies: We work with partner organisations to meet critical needs for education in emergencies. We also focus on enhancing the resilience and preparedness plans of national and local systems to ensure that children and youth have access to safe and inclusive quality education in future crises.

Election observation: With expertise in democracy, human rights and elections, we support national authorities in improving the integrity of their electoral processes by conducting independent and systematic assessments of elections across the world. Read more here

Lake Chad project: We support local organisations in strengthening their capabilities to take part in coordination, prioritisation, decision making processes and responses to humanitarian and development needs. This includes working closely with civil society organisations in Chad, Niger and Nigeria to strengthen their governance and organisational capacity.

National capacity: We work with governments and ministries in Europe and Africa to strengthen their capacity in humanitarian response and resilience; in areas such as reception of refugees, displacement, contingency planning and harmonisation with international standards. Read more here

Promoting peace and security in Africa: We work in close collaboration with the African Union to promote its goals for a peaceful and stable continent by providing expertise in civilian peacekeeping, stabilisation, mediation, arms control and more.

Protection from sexual exploitation and abuse: We work closely with partners in the humanitarian sector to strengthen their strategic position and capacity to ensure protection from sexual exploitation and abuse. This includes both training of staff, and coordinating, developing and implementing structures to ensure that this is a key priority throughout operations.

Regional humanitarian response programmes: As part of the Standby Partnership Network, we work closely with our UN partners and provide expertise in areas dealing with slow and sudden-onset disasters or escalating conflict and violence.

Strategic support for the EU and OSCE: In collaboration with the European Union and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, we contribute to strengthen their efforts within peacebuilding, promotion of human rights and democracy.

Support for UN reform: We contribute to make the UN more effective and efficient by supporting its reform process and related initiatives for better decision-making, conflict prevention and sustainable development.

Support of peace processes: We help to ensure that international organisations have the capacity and capabilities needed to peacefully address, mitigate and prevent conflicts.

Protection in the West Bank: We work to enhance the safety and protection of people living in Palestine. We focus on strengthening the capacity of humanitarian organisations to better prevent and reduce harm to people at risk. This includes protection through presence, as well as strengthening monitoring and programme coordination. We also focus on improving humanitarian and development access to ensure that more people get the support they need.

Projects and programmes established and operated in collaboration with partners

Gender-based violence: The Regional Emergency Gender-Based Violence Advisers (REGA) team works to build the humanitarian sector’s capacity to prevent and respond to all forms of gender-based violence. This includes improving the effectiveness and accountability of operations to counter this form of violence. The team provides technical support, advocacy, strategic guidance and capacity building to partners at both regional and national level. The REGA team is managed by the Gender-Based Violence Area of Responsibility (GBV AoR) and NORCAP. Read more here

Gender: The Gender Standby Capacity Project (GenCap) works to ensure that gender equality is a central part of humanitarian responses. To achieve this, GenCap focuses on strengthening the capacity, programming and leadership of humanitarian operations to enhance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in crises. Read more here

Protection: The Protection Standby Capacity Project (ProCap) works to ensure that protection is a central part of humanitarian responses. To achieve this, ProCap focuses on strengthening the capacity, programming and leadership of humanitarian operations to ensure that people at risk are protected. Read more here

ProCap and GenCap are inter-agency projects and overseen by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and NORCAP.

Read more about how NORCAP was established.