What we do
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is Denmark's largest international non-governmental organisation. We work with humanitarian, development and peacebuilding activities to ensure a dignified life for refugees, the displaced, and displacement-affected people and communities in more than 30 countries.
We focus our assistance on the entire displacement process: from the moment a crisis first emerges and displaces people internally in their home countries or across borders, to these people’s life in camps, to their arrival in a foreign country, and ultimately to the process of rebuilding a normal life, either through voluntary return, local integration or resettlement. DRC helps every step of the way.
We focus on assisting the displaced wherever they may be and work within these 10 areas:
Advocacy for the rights of displaced, child protection initiatives, individual protection assistance based on vulnerability, legal aid, land and property rights, prevention of sexual and gender-based violence, monitoring of rights and rights awareness-raising, facilitation of return and repatriation processes.
2) Shelter and Non-Food Items
Provision of emergency shelter, emergency cash grants, rehabilitation of housing, distribution of non-food items/services (NFIs) and provision of return and repatriation kits.
3) Coordination and Operational Services
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.
4) Income Generation
Economic recovery and livelihoods activities including business training and SME development, business grants, life-skills training, literacy and numeracy training, vocational training, micro-credit loans, savings groups, group enterprise development and facilitation.
5) Food Security
Emergency food provision or food voucher programmes. Training and capacity development in agriculture, agricultural inputs (e.g. tools and seeds), and agricultural grants.
6) Community Infrastructure and Services
Provision of physical infrastructure like roads, bridges, community centres, irrigation systems or other community structures, facilitation and training of infrastructure management groups at community level, facilitation and funding of community development plans.
7) Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Emergency water supply, hygiene item distribution, hygiene information and education, construction of latrines, installation water points, wells and water storage. Water purification.
8) Armed Violence Reduction (AVR)
Education in procedures for safe storage and safe handling of small arms and light weapons (SALW), capacity building of institutions for safety, and local and community level conflict management and mitigation.
9) Humanitarian Mine Action
Manual or mechanical mine clearance, clearance of former battle areas, education for affected communities – with special focus on children on how to avoid harm from mines and UXO, surveys of expected and confirmed mined or UXO areas.
Education grants and fee support, school feeding programmes, teacher training and support, school materials provision and construction or rehabilitation of school structures.