An NRC truck waiting for a herd of cows to cross the road.
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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 2020, the number of displaced people reached an all-time high of 82.4 million. In response, we directly assisted almost 12 million people across 34 countries.

NRC's total income in 2020 was NOK 5.46 billion, an increase of 17 per cent compared to 2019.

Top donors in 2020:

  • The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA) donated 20 per cent of our total income.
  • The European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) donated 12 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 8 per cent of our total income.
  • USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) donated 7 per cent of our total income.

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 2020

In 2020, thanks to our donors, we reached more alomost 12 million people across 34 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 (2020):

Graphic showing how many people was reached through NRC programmes in 2020. WASH: 6,577,179; Food security: 1,892,726; ICLA: 1,776,845; Shelter: 1,297,632; Education: 1,154,516; Other: 971,456; Camp management: 325,413.


Number of people assisted per country (2020):

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.