The Norwegian Refugee Council is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee; Whatever it takes. Wherever, and whenever, we're needed.

We deliver high-quality aid where needs are greatest. When we started our relief efforts after World War Two, humanitarian needs were critical. They still are – and we’re still there, protecting people forced to flee and supporting them as they build a new future. Today, we work in both new and protracted crises across 30 countries, where we provide food assistance, clean water, shelter, legal aid, and education.

We stand up for people forced to flee. NRC is a determined advocate for displaced people. When we witness injustices, we alert the world. We promote and defend displaced people's rights and dignity in local communities, with national governments and in the international arena. NRC’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva is a global leader in monitoring, reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

We respond quickly to emergencies. Our expert deployment capacity NORCAP, the world’s most used, boasts around 900 experts from all over the world. Our experts stand ready to deploy at a moment’s notice to support the UN and local authorities in humanitarian crises.

Around 5,000 men and women work for the Norwegian Refugee Council. Most of us are hired locally to work in the field, and a small number are based at our head office in Oslo. Many of our colleagues were once themselves fleeing their homes.

Today, a record 60 million people are fleeing war and persecution. Not since World War Two have more people needed our help. The Norwegian Refugee Council assisted more than five million people worldwide in 2015, and with your support, we can help even more.


NRC in Nigeria

Through our Nigeria programme, we bring lifesaving assistance to displaced Nigerians. We meet the needs of communities affected by displacement, saving lives and helping them rebuild their futures. We undertake routine assessments so we know who needs our help the most.

NRC has offices in Abuja and Maiduguri. We deliver emergency assistance to Nigerians who have recently fled their homes, and we help them prepare for the likelihood of spending a long time in displacement.


Food security

That's our hope, to go back and continue the farming we used to do. n estimated 3.9 million people require food assistance, and most have lost their farms. Communities hosting the displaced also suffer, sharing their meagre resources for months on end.

Our food security teams:

  • Distribute food baskets and electronic cash transfers for food and household items.

  • Give training sessions on food production, for those whose livelihoods have been damaged by violence and displacement.

  • Provide cash grants for business opportunities and backyard vegetable gardens.


We are currently providing emergency food assistance to 1,600 of the most vulnerable people with food baskets covering all of their nutritional needs. We are in the process of supporting an additional 1,000 people for four months of emergency food distribution using electronic vouchers.



At least 1.6 million Nigerians are in need of emergency shelters. They are living in makeshift shelters and seeking refuge in overcrowded, poorly resourced camps settings or local communities. Shelters constructed in camps have been predominantly temporary, emergency shelters not meant for long-term use. Outside of camps, semi-permanent shelters used by displaced people are in ruins. Our shelter teams:

  • Construct shelters in camps and urban areas.

  • Distribute cash e-vouchers, to purchase shelter materials from pre-approved shops.

  • Improve infrastructure, such as sewers.


We recently built 950 shelters for vulnerable people living in camps and cities.


Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)

In some cases, housing, land and property (HLP) disputes can limit displaced Nigerians' access to shelter and land. Some rights and services in Nigeria are only available after producing a certain dossier of legal identity documents. Cultural norms mean that women and minority groups are particularly likely to face challenges. Our ICLA teams:

  • Provide free legal counselling on HLP rights and legal documentation.

  • Strengthen security of tenure for displaced Nigerians living in urban areas, where unclear rental and land property agreements can result in forced evictions and multiple displacements.

  • Assist in the Collaborative Dispute Resolution (CDR) process to resolve legal disputes.

  • Provide training for Nigerian government officials and employees of INGOs working in socio-economic departments on HLP rights.

  • Provide training for employees in formal and informal legal bodies on protecting displaced people and HLP rights.


Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

In settlements and camps, hygiene promotion is vital to preventing the outbreak of diseases such as cholera. Our WASH teams work inside and outside of camps. Our WASH activities:

  • Provide safe water and hygiene kits.

  • Construct latrines, hand washing and bathing facilities, in coordination with our shelter teams.

  • Conduct training sessions to promote good hygiene practices.

Recently, we provided safe water sources and built latrines, hand washing stations, and bathing facilities for 7,500 people. We also reached over 10,000 people on hygiene promotion through door-to-door campaigns and discussion groups, and distributed 500 hygiene kits.



Fighting a double crisis


Food security is one of the priority areas in Nigeria, where the main source of livelihood is agriculture. FAO is working to get the agricultural productivity up and running again after conflict, displacement and security concerns have prevented people from producing the food they need.

Surviving on one meal a day


The mother of eight is waiting at a screening centre for children suffering from malnutrition. She has been referred to the centre by the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) staff working in Shuwari, an informal settlement in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria.