Read caption Illustration photo from NRC's work in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Photo: NRC/ Annicken Saxlund

Microsoft and NRC in new partnership

Published 01. Sep 2016
As a start of a new strategic relationship, Microsoft has granted software licences to all NRC offices worldwide.

Microsoft announced a software grant that will ensure all Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) global offices, as well as the head office in Oslo, are on properly licensed with modern Microsoft technology including Windows and Office software.

“Technology is instrumental in our effort to deliver the best possible aid to people in need across the globe,” says NRC’s Secretary General, Jan Egeland.

“Increasingly, technology enables new ways for us to help refugees in hard-to-reach areas, provide them with consistent information, while also obtaining unfiltered feedback from the refugees,” says Egeland.

Technology is instrumental in our effort to deliver the best possible aid to people in need across the globe.
Jan Egeland, NRC's Secretary General

Gives hope 

He also points out how technology keeps refugees in touch with their loved ones, provides education and insight and brings hope while also empowering them to make their own choices.

“We are grateful to Microsoft Philanthropies for their grant of licenses to our humanitarian programmes in conflict affected areas worldwide. This fantastic support provides invaluable improvement to our organisation, strengthening the communication and contributes to our global work for displaced, enabling us to work more effectively and reach more people in need. We are deeply thankful for this generous contribution,” says Jan Egeland.

We're committed to help

Jane Meseck, Director of Global Programs for Microsoft Philanthropies, had the opportunity to visit an NRC project and to meet NRC beneficiaries and staff in Jordan.

“As it becomes increasingly clear that vulnerable people such as refugees from Syria need long-term support, we’re grateful for the work by the Norwegian Refugee Council to deliver aid despite increasingly complex situations,” says Jane Meseck.

“At Microsoft Philanthropies, we’re committed to bringing the benefits of technology to those who need it most, and NRC is making powerful use of the tools we’ve provided to speed up delivery of necessities like food and shelter, empower people with personal banking while in refugee camps, and helping people connect with remote loved ones. We’re committed to helping them carry out this important work,” says Meseck.

Microsoft Philantropies

• Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.

• Building on its 30+ years of giving, Microsoft announced in January 2016 its donation of $1 billion in cloud computing resources over the next three years to 70,000 non-profits and NGOs worldwide.

• Microsoft Philanthropies is bringing their greatest assets – technology, investments, voice, and people – to help make the future more equitable and accessible for everyone.

• Click here for more information on Microsoft Philanthropies.