Danish Refugee Council

Danish Refugee Council
Founded 1956
Area served Worldwide
Focus Humanitarian
Method Aid
Website http://www.drc.dk

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) (Danish: Dansk Flygtningehjælp) is a private Danish humanitarian organisation, founded in 1956. It serves as an umbrella organization for 33 member organizations.

Formed after the Second World War, and in response to the European refugee crises caused by the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956. DRC has been active in large scale humanitarian projects around the world. Through convoy operations DRC was responsible for delivering half of the international humanitarian aid in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the wars of independence in the former Yugoslavia during the 1990s.

Today the Danish Refugee Council works in more than 30 countries around the world. With humanitarian programmes in conflictzones such as Somalia in the Horn of Africa, Afghanistan in Central Asia, Iraq in the Middle East and Chechnya in the Caucasus.

The international DRC activities aims to protect refugees and internally displaced persons and to promote long term solutions. DRC assistance in acute refugee crises, remains focused on long-term effects.

The Danish Refugee Council is currently implementing activities within nine sectors, namely: Housing and small-scale infrastructure, Income generation through grant and micro-finance, Food security & agricultural rehabilitation and development, Displacement-related law and information, Social rehabilitation, NGO networking and capacity development, Humanitarian mine action, Information management and coordination and Emergency logistics and transport management.

DRC is also active in the fields of demining and logistics and reconstruction work for various international agencies such as the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

DRC secretary general Andreas Kamm is also chairman of the organisation of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE).

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