Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

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The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1956 that works in more than 30 countries throughout the world.

DRC fulfils its mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities in the conflict areas of the world; and by advocating on behalf of conflict-affected populations internationally, and in Denmark, on the basis of humanitarian principles and the Human Rights Declaration. We understand "durable solutions" as any means by which the situation of refugees can be permanently and satisfactorily resolved, enabling them to live normal lives. Durable solutions can be voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement. In Denmark, DRC assists refugees in all aspects of integration as well as asylum procedures. Internationally, DRC actively participates in supporting the protection of refugees, and promoting durable solutions for conflict-affected populations.

Under its mandate, DRC International focuses on protection, relief, rehabilitation, post-conflict recovery, capacity-building, humanitarian mine-action, and advocacy. Over the years, DRC has developed particular expertise in relation to the following core sectors:

  • Housing and Small-Scale Infrastructure
  • Production and Income Generation
  • Food security & Agricultural rehabilitation and Development
  • Non-food items; Displacement-related Law and Information
  • Social Rehabilitation
  • Capacity Development of Duty-Bearers and NGOs (including networking)
  • Humanitarian Mine Action (DDG – Danish De-mining Group)

Most of DRC International’s activities are implemented by DRC programme structures set up locally for the purpose to work with beneficiaries, local authorities and other stakeholders. However, DRC also implements through local partners when this is the best way to meet DRC’s mandate and values. In such cases, DRC is committed to assist the implementing partner strengthen its accountability and capacity.

For more information, see here.


As a private humanitarian organisation, DRC’s work covers all aspects of refugee issues based on humanitarian principles and human rights. Our overarching mission is to assist and protect refugees and to empower them towards a better future.

We strive to provide sustainable solutions for refugees, displaced people and host communities coupled with the objective of enabling those we assist to live dignified lives. We assist refugees and the displaced, protect their rights and empower them towards a better future.


The Danish Refugee Council is currently implementing a broad range of activities relevant to conflict affected communities and persons. The activities are categorized in ten sectors:

  • Shelter and Non-food Items
  • Food Security, Protection
  • Income Generation
  • Coordination & Operational Services
  • Community Infrastructure & Services
  • Humanitarian Mine Action
  • Armed Violence Reduction (AVR)
  • Water
  • Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH)
  • Education.

These sectors should be seen as cross-cutting, providing a broad overview of the work and various activities of DRC’s numerous programmes across more than 30 conflict pr. displacement affected countries worldwide. The relative significance of the respective sectors for 2012 and 2013 combined is shown in the diagram below:

For more information of what types of activities the respective sectors include, see here.

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