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Being open about our funding, and independent and impartial in our work.

We are committed to being open and transparent to our staff, the people we work with, and the public. We are honest about where our funds come from and where they go, and strive to be independent, impartial, and neutral in our work protecting the most vulnerable. 

In 2018, the number of displaced people reached an all-time high of 70.8 million. In response, we directly assisted more than 8.5 million people across 31 countries.

The total income in 2018 was NOK 4.21 billion, an increase of 4 per cent from the year before.

Top donors in 2018:

  • the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA) donated 23 per cent of our total income.
  • the European Union’s European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) donated 17 per cent of our total income.
  • the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) donated 10 per cent of our total income.
  • the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) donated 7 per cent of our total income.
  • the Office of U.S Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) donated 5 per cent of our total income.
NRC' donors in 2018.

We also receive regular and one-off donations and pro bono support from private individuals and corporate partners.

For more information, visit our Partners and donors page.

Our work in 2018

In 2018, thanks to our donors, we reached more than 8.5 million people across 31 countries. Our programmes concentrate on six activities in the field: water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); camp management; education; food security; information, counselling, and legal assistance (ICLA); and shelter.

Percentage of people assisted per sector of expertise (2018):

Number of people assisted per sector in 2018.
Number of people assisted in 2018, divided by men and women.

Transparency and openness

Transparency is a prerequisite for accountability. We are committed to being accountable to all stakeholders. We ensure that the details on how we work, and where our funds go, are accessible and visible.

That’s why we adopted an Open information policy, outlining what information we share and how. We strive towards the highest standards of openness.

NRC is a signatory of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), which aims to make information about international aid easier to find, use, and understand. We publish information through IATI on a quarterly basis.

For more information on our open information policy and IATI, please visit our Accountability page.

Principled humanitarian action

As an organisation, we follow the core humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, independence, and neutrality. We strive for principled humanitarian action, leaving us free to do our work away from the political and security agendas of states. Our goal is always to help the most vulnerable people, regardless of religion, ethnicity, nationality, political ideology, or social class. Read more about humanitarian principles.