Norwegian Red Cross International Programs and Activities

Norwegian Red Cross mission is to reveal, prevent and alleviate human suffering and distress. Our activities are grounded in local needs, resources and competencies, carried out by local volunteers.

The Norwegian Red Cross is part of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, which consists of 191 National Societies, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is the world’s largest humanitarian network and represents an estimated 14 million volunteers in 191 countries. The Norwegian Red Cross is present across the world and you can read more about this on (only in Norwegian). 
The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is guided by seven fundamental principles; Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary service, Unity and Universality. 

The overall objective of the international work of the Norwegian Red Cross is to reduce the vulnerability of local communities and to prevent loss of life.

This requires engagement and contributions by a range of stakeholders, including communities, government institutions and civil society. While the Norwegian Red Cross focus is on the community level, we also contribute at the national, regional and global level.

Norwegian Red Cross’s international contribution to resilience of conflict affected and disaster-prone communities is mainly towards ensuring healthy, knowledgeable and prepared communities that can meet their basic needs and respond effectively in times of crisis.

The International Strategy outlines two overall humanitarian objectives:

  • Ensure basic needs are met, and improve the health of the most vulnerable people affected by conflict and protracted crisis.
  • Improve national, regional and global disaster preparedness and response systems to acute disasters and ensure coordinated recovery from large-scale disasters.

In accordance with the integrated approach of the Norwegian Red Cross, many country level interventions work towards these objectives through a combination of thematic areas in order to address humanitarian needs. 

To reach the overall objectives outlined in the International Strategy, the Norwegian Red Cross has developed a thematic framework for its priority areas; Health, Disaster Risk Management, Protection and, to underpin the others, National Society Development. Protection considerations are included in most programmes, as part of a mainstreaming approach.

HEALTH - Focus  on community-based disease prevention, health promotion and health care services, as well as improving access to water and sanitation in conflict and protracted crisis.

Community-based health and first aid

Mobile Medical Units

Maternal Health

Water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH)

DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT – The  Red Cross Red Crescent  Movement works on Disaster Risk Management (DRM), including Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Disaster Preparedness (DP), Disaster Response (DR) and Recovery. Within this framework,  the  main focus of the Norwegian Red Cross  is disaster preparedness and response, as well as supporting owner-driven shelter reconstruction in recovery to large-scale disasters.

Owner-driven shelter in Recovery

Disaster Preparedness

Emergency Response in Health

Emergency Health

WASH and Health

PROTECTION – The Norwegian Red Cross’s interpretation of the term protection encompasses activities seeking to increase the protection of a population by encouraging all relevant stakeholders to fulfill their obligations and ensure respect for the rights of those affected by armed conflict and violence.

Protection from Weapons

Health Care in Danger

Urban Violence

Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV)

Protection of schools

Gender and Diversity

NATIONAL SOCIETY DEVELOPMENT - Norwegian Red Cross  aligns with the  IFRC  Strategy 2020, recognizing a strong, well-functioning and decentralized organization as the foundation for every National Society to reach the people most in need with quality community actions and services of relevance. Supporting National Societies in their organizational development processes, including finance development, resource mobilization and planning,  is therefore a substantial element in  our  partnerships.

Finance Development

Resource Mobilization


Norwegian Red Cross International Strategy

Norwegian Red Cross International Strategy. PDF

Norwegian Red Cross Results Reports 2017 

NORAD Progress Report 2017

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Final Report 2015-2017

NRK Norwegian Red Cross Telethon Progress Report 2017 

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