NORDEM moves to the Norwegian Refugee Council

As of January 1st 2017 NORDEM is no longer located at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights. NORDEM will continue its activities on a full scale from NRC’s headquarters in Prinsens gate 2 in Oslo. Visit the new website by following this link

The NORDEM staff immediately prior to leaving the NCHR. From left: Elise Luhr Dietrichson, Anne Sofie Molandsveen, Mai-Britt Andersen, Siri Skåre, Silje Holand Wilhelmsen, Frida Pareus and Lisa Kirkengen. Anne Gunn Sunde was not present when the picture was taken.(photo: Susanne Flølo)

23 years of collaboration coming to an end

-Moving NORDEM from the NCHR after 23 years feels rather wistful. It has been a good place to be. The Ministry of Foreign affairs has referred to NORDEM as 'the jewel in the crown'. Now it is NRC’s turn to manage this jewel. We look forward to becoming a part of the NRC, and to strengthen the NORDEM brand further from our new home. The team starting in January is strong and professional and the new director, Lisa Kirkengen, is very well qualified for the job of developing NORDEM further in the NRC, which in a solid and exciting organization” says NORDEM director, Siri Skåre. Skåre has decided to leave the post as NORDEM director as of December 31st 2016.

- Improving the lives of thousands

Since its establishment in 1993, NORDEM has recruited, trained and deployed more than 2000 experts to international and regional organizations dedicated to the cause of consolidating human rights, peace building, and fostering democratic institutions. In addition, NORDEM has provided more than a thousand Norwegian observers to hundreds of international election observation missions around the world. “NORDEM has contributed greatly to the promotion of the values that bring development and better lives for thousands of people, all over the world”, said the Secretary of State, Børge Brende, in his speech at NORDEM’s 20 year’s anniversary in 2013.

-NORDEM is more relevant than ever, and we hope that the NORDEM label will find a good home in the NRC, says Inga Bostad, the director of the NCHR.


Norwegian Refugee Council currently operates and develops five different roster mechanisms and projects under NORCAP (the NRC expert deployment capacity). NORDEM will be the sixth expert deployment capacity under this ‘umbrella’. Around 1000 people are part of these rosters and approximately 800 deployments of varying length are completed every year. “With NORDEM on board, NORCAP will be able to offer the international community a wider range of expertise and our partners will benefit from an even more holistic approach in our service delivery”, says NORCAP Director, Benedicte Giæver, adding that NORCAP is “very excited to see NORDEM become part of the NRC family”.

Published Dec. 22, 2016 6:57 PM - Last modified Dec. 22, 2016 7:06 PM