Danish Refugee Council ranked the world's fourth best NGO

NGO Advisor has just launched their exclusive list over the world’s Top 500 NGOs and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is once again in the top section, with a ranking as number four. It is now the fourth time in a row that the organization is in the top 10 of the list.


Danish Refugee Council holds fourth-place on the Geneva-based NGO Advisor's list of the world's best NGOs. It is out of a total field of 500 organizations - and the list is based among other things on the results, innovation and sustainability, the organizations can showcase.

"It is now the fourth time in a row, we are in the top ten of the list. We are very happy that we can maintain a constant presence at the top of the list. It is a clear recognition of our more than 6,000 employees who makes a huge effort to assist refugees and displaced people in 40 conflict affected places like Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia - and also work in welcoming refugees arriving in Denmark,” says Andreas Kamm, Secretary General of the Danish Refugee Council.

"We are very pleased to once again be ranked this high and see this as a great recognition that we have managed to move the organization in the right direction. It is not an easy task to compare organizations across sectors, but the list is based on a thorough analysis  - and there has been a focus on vital issues such as performance and sustainability of our work," says Andreas Kamm.

For DRC dealing with the world's largest humanitarian crisis such as Iraq, Syria, South Sudan, Yemen and Afghanistan, it is a confirmation of the necessary humanitarian work worldwide.

"It is clear that the refugee situation has gained huge attention over the past year. But the situation for the world’s refugees is not new. Danish Refugee Council is marking our 60 year anniversary this year, and never have we been more needed. But we are also facing a paradigm shift in the field, not least because people find themselves displaced for a very long time – the average length approaching 20 years. This means that we have to think long term from the beginning - development in regions of origin and integration in Denmark - both areas where DRC is in a very strong position and has a long experience," says Andreas Kamm.

NGO Advisor describes, among other things, that the Danish Refugee Council has more than doubled its turnover in the last five years, but at the same time managed to become a leading organization when it comes to transparency and accountability. In addition, the organization has managed keep up and expand its life-saving relief work in some of the world's most dangerous areas, but at the same time managed to become a strong player in a wide range of sectors relevant for long-term development efforts.

"We see ourselves as an organization that bridges the gap between the acute humanitarian aid and longer-term development. In addition, we have a national leg, so we work holistically around the refugee case. That means as examples that we help internally displaced people with emergency relief and other assistance inside Syria; that we ensure shelter, various professional trainings and other assistance in neighboring Lebanon, we ensure the protection of vulnerable refugees in transit countries such as Greece, Libya and Serbia. Refugees and asylum seekers coming to Denmark can get counselling from our lawyers and our integration department and volunteers help them get a foothold in Denmark. Finally, we also help with repatriation – voluntarily returns, and many places we have sustainable development programmes, and in war zones, our demining unit, DDG, helped to ensure that there is safe environment to return to," says Andreas Kamm.

Danish Refugee Council works in 40 hotspots worldwide with more than 6,000 employees. Danish Refugee Council helps 2.5 million refugees and displaced persons with direct help in the neighboring areas. Danish Refugee Council's ability to effectively build refugee camps, buy and distribute food and to quickly and efficiently move out when the need arises did the organization to a UN preferred partners.

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