Evaluation of Five Humanitarian Programmes of the Norwegian Refugee Council and of the Standby Roster NORCAP
About the publication
- Published: September 2013
- Series: Evaluation report
- Type: Evaluations
- Carried out by: Ternstrom Consulting AB in collaboration with Channel Research SPRL
- Commissioned by: Norad
- Country: Pakistan, Somalia
- Theme: Emergency assistance and relief
- Pages: 204
- Serial number: 4/2013
- ISBN: 978-82-7548-780-1
- ISSN: --
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is the largest Norwegian humanitarian organization, measured by the number of employees. It employs more than 3000 persons and has programme activities in more than 20 countries spread across Africa, Asia, America and Europe. NORCAP, a division of NRC, has some 850 persons on a standby roster who can be deployed on short notice to support the UN and other international organizations. NRC has grown significantly in later years. In 2011, the revenue (and operating costs) exceeded 1,200 million Norwegian Kroner, more than twice the amount in 2006. Such a rapid expansion is in itself a valid reason for an evaluation.
In 2010, 52 % of the total funding to NRC was provided by the Norwegian Government. Among other major donors is the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and there has been a useful cooperation with Sida regarding this evaluation.
According to the evaluation, NRC has in general delivered agreed outputs in the humanitarian programmes examined, and has managed to do so under extremely difficult conditions. NRC has good access to difficult areas and its conflict sensitivity is apparent. However, greater gains might have been obtained through a more long-term approach. The quality of NORCAP secondees is considered high and NORCAP provides high quality response to actual challenges. If the identified shortcomings are remedied, the emergency roster could according to the evaluator increase its relevance and efficiency.
The evaluation team of Termstrom Consulting AB in collaboration with Channel Research SPRL faced a challenging task. The security situation in the case countries Pakistan, Somalia and South Sudan made data collection difficult. Field visits and interviews occasionally had to be cut short because of overriding security concerns. This methodological challenge has to a large extent been compensated for by assessing NRC’s organizational capacity to meet its objectives.
We hope that the evaluation contributes in a useful way to the documentation of NRC/NORCAP activities and that it provides valuable insights to stakeholders.