Norwegian Refugee Council

Protecting rights, rebuilding communities


What they do

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organization helping people who are forced to flee their homes. They work in 33 countries, where they help save lives and rebuild futures.

Mission: NRC works to protect the rights of displaced and vulnerable persons during crises through programs that meet immediate humanitarian needs, prevent further displacement and contribute to durable solutions.

Why we love them: NRC works to deploy whenever crisis strikes. They show up equipped, sometimes working 24/7, to offer lifelines that help families get back on their feet when they flee their homes. NRC does this with the goal of preserving the dignity of displaced people. In 2020 alone, NRC assisted almost 12 million people in need worldwide.


Our partnership

This strategic alliance between NRC and Pluralsight One intends to create sustainable social impact for displaced and crisis-affected populations around the world, as well as increase the efficiency and efficacy of the NRC staff who serve them.

NRC and Pluralsight One’s collaboration is fully focused on:

  • The digital transformation of NRC, with a special emphasis on NRC improving its ability to use data for decision making.
  • Bringing technology skills development to displaced people and their host communities around the world.
  • Highlighting the global displacement crisis among the Pluralsight community of technologists, learners, authors, employees and corporate partners. The aim is to drive support for solving these problems and engage professionals in the creation of needs- and technology-based solutions for global and regional challenges.

Pluralsight One has invested $1 million over three years to support NRC's digital transformation. Additionally, Pluralsight One provides 8,000+ Pluralsight licenses with tech strategy support and additional licenses each year as partnership implementation scales. In response to COVID-19, Pluralsight One issued an emergency grant of $250,000 to help NRC prevent the spread of COVID-19 in refugee camp settings, enabling the NRC teams to create digital solutions that serve those who are most vulnerable, and ultimately focus resources on flattening the curve while maintaining critical, life-saving programs and services.  

data and outcomes 

In 2020 NRC assisted almost 12 million people worldwide


1,776,845 people benefitted from water, sanitation and hygiene promotion


6,577,179 people benefitted from NRC livelihoods and food security network


1,892,726 benefited from information, counseling and legal assistance


1,297,632 people benefitted from shelter and settlements work


1,154,516 benefited from education work


325,413 people benefitted from camp management work


An additional 971,468 people benefitted from various other NRC efforts

impact snapshot

Target outcomes

  • Creating meaningful beneficiary digital experiences
  • Using information and insights to drive change (data-driven organization)
  • Driving transformation through strategy and governance
  • Building digital culture and skills in the organization
  • Improving innovation, skill and adoption
  • Establishing strong, effective partnerships
  • Closing gaps in cyber security
  • Securing knowledge of platforms and infrastructure


NRC strategic priorities

NRC helps deliver high-quality aid where needs are greatest.

When NRC started relief efforts after World War II, humanitarian needs were critical. They still are, and NRC continues to protect people forced to flee and supports them as they build a new future.

NRC stands up for people forced to flee.

NRC is a determined advocate for displaced people. When they witness injustices, they alert the world. NRC promotes and defends displaced people's rights and dignity in local communities, with national governments and in the international arena.

NRC responds quickly to emergencies.

Its global provider of expertise, NORCAP, boasts around 1,000 experts from all over the world. NRC experts stand ready to deploy at a moment’s notice to support the UN and local authorities in humanitarian crises.

Around 14,000 humanitarians work with the Norwegian Refugee Council. Most are hired locally to work in the field, and a small number are based at the head office in Oslo, Norway. Many colleagues were once displaced themselves.