An NRC truck waiting for a herd of cows to cross the road.
Photo: Christian Jepsen/NRC


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.

The number of displaced people has reached an all-time high of 100 million. In response, we directly assisted almost 10 million people across 35 countries in 2021.

NRC's total income in 2021 was NOK 5.68 billion, an increase of 4 per cent compared to 2020.


Top donors in 2021:

  • The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA) donated 18.5 per cent of our total income.
  • The European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) donated 13 per cent of our total income.
  • The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) donated 8.9 per cent of our total income.
  • The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) donated 7.9 per cent of our total income.
  • The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs donated 5 per cent of our total income.
A donut chart showing the different donors who donated to NRC in 2021.

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 2021

In 2021, thanks to our donors, we reached alomost 10 million people across 35 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.

Number of people assisted per sector of expertise (2021):

People reached through NRC programmes. WASH: 4,518,273; ICLA: 1,745,033; food security: 1,676,006; shelter: 1,570,478; education: 944,870; other: 835,995; camp management: 592,966.


Number of people assisted per region (2021):

People assisted per region in 2021. Asia, Europe and Latin America: 2,241,261; Central and West Africa: 1,405,141; Middle East: 2,551,594; East Africa and Yemen: 3,607,422.


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.