The Danish Refugee Council works with humanitarian, development and peacebuilding activities to ensure a dignified life for refugees, the displaced, and displacement-affected people. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. The range of our work is everything from relief work to strengthen the opportunity for a brighter future for refugees and internally displaced persons.
Climate change is arguably one of the defining challenges of our time. There is already increasing evidence pointing to Climate Change being one of the main triggers to internal displacement. In 2018 alone, 17.2 million new displacements associated with disasters were recorded (IDMC). DRC constantly works with strengthening its response and protection capacity in exactly those situations, not only by increasingly expanding its climate adaption approach promoting regenerative approaches and circular economies at local level, but also by constantly seeking new partners with state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise.
We provide education grants and fee support to displaced children in need. We work to improve learning conditions in schools through school feeding programmes, teacher training, provision of school materials, and the construction and rehabilitation of school buildings.
We survey and reclaim land rendered unusable by Explosive Remnants of War (EWRs) through manual and mechanical clearance of contaminated areas. We seek to educate affected communities, particularly children, about how to recognize and avoid harm from mines and Unexploded Ordinance (UXOs).
We educate people in the safe storage and handling of small arms and light weapons (SALW). We help local security and civil society institutions build capacity as part of our mission to manage or mitigate conflicts at the community level.
We provide access to sanitary facilities for refugees and Internally Displaced People (IDPs) who would otherwise lack access to these critical resources. This may include the provision of emergency water supplies, sanitary latrines, hygiene items, water points, wells, and water storage and purification facilities. We conduct information campaigns promoting good hygiene to prevent the spread of infection and disease.
Coordination and management of refugee and IDP camps, active participation in UN cluster coordination, humanitarian surveys and studies, facilitation of NGO Networks focused on displacement solutions, capacity development, training and support to local NGO’s, secondment of experts to UN emergency operations worldwide.
DRC provides comprehensive shelter and settlement solutions in both emergency situations and during cases of protracted displacement. We engage in everything from the provision of temporary tents to rebuilding homes and repairing damaged dwellings. These initiatives enable vulnerable displaced populations to live in dignity and security. We also offer cash grants and distribute non-food items, such as emergency bedding, kitchenware, and other critical supplies.
When people are displaced, they often lose both their existing assets and their ability to earn a living. In this context, both food production and an individual’s access to food may be put at risk. That’s why DRC provides food assistance—to save lives, but also to reestablish local food and market systems. We develop livelihood initiatives designed to strengthen opportunities for self-reliance among refugees and internally displaced people. At the same time, we work to stimulate local agriculture through training and capacity-building programming for farmers, and by providing grants and the necessary tools and seeds.
Trapped in places plagued by conflict, people often struggle to access the resources needed to ensure their own safety and well-being. We advocate for the rights of the displaced and work to protect the most vulnerable among them, particularly children. Our protection services include legal aid, return/repatriation counselling and assistance, and expanding access to land, property, and individual rights. We seek to prevent sexual and gender-based violence in all forms. We raise awareness about how to access rights.
Displacement represents an acute threat to the economic well-being of the displaced. That’s why DRC provides cash assistance as part of our emergency response, enabling displaced people to feed themselves and their families until long-term economic recovery begins. DRC helps rebuild livelihoods through a variety of means, including business and entrepreneurship training, small business grants, life-skills training, literacy and numeracy training, vocational training, micro-credit loans, savings groups, and group enterprise development. All of our initiatives are developed with a strong focus on resilience and sustainability.
The DRC Asylum Department offers counselling to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Denmark as well as volunteers and case workers, who work with asylum and repatriation. The Asylum Department provides counselling throughout the Danish asylum procedure, the options for rejected asylum seekers and the options to return home (repatriation). Contact DRC Danish Refugee Council's Asylum Department on tel. +45 3373 5000 or email [email protected]
DRC work to integrate refugees and migrants in the Danish society. DRC Integration offer integration services, counselling, analyses, training, conferences and courses for professionals and volunteers working with refugees and migrants.
The Danish Refugee Council engages and supports civil society to have the agency, space and capacity to enable fulfillment of rights of people affected by conflict and displacement. Learn more about our work, key activities and current projects below.