Humanitarian Assistance to Vulnerable Populations Affected by Migration

Emergency Humanitarian Assistance

IOM continues to maintain capacity to respond to natural disasters and other emergencies causing population movement. In collaboration with the Government of Zimbabwe’s Department of Civil Protection, IOM’s emergency humanitarian assistance programme has reached out to tens of thousands of vulnerable populations affected by disasters across the country. Direct humanitarian interventions range from provision of emergency shelter, non-food items, healthcare, WASH, education and livelihood support. Joint assessments and data collection are undertaken to determine the needs and profile of beneficiary caseloads populations. IOM participates in inter-agency humanitarian coordination efforts to provide strategic advice and capacity building assistance for humanitarian actors and the Government.


Community Stabilization and Recovery

IOM provides technical support to local government in areas impacted by mobility and (irregular) migration, with the overall aim of supporting government to facilitate community stabilization and recovery. Using community based planning (CBP) as an entry point, IOM supports local authorities to implement participatory planning with the aim of re-building social cohesion in mobility affected areas, developing a plan for recovery and development as well as strengthening leadership at the local level.  In addition, IOM supports the government and communities to implement recovery projects, ranging from improved access to basic social services to sustainable livelihoods, based on the priorities identified during the participatory planning process.  Such projects are driven by the communities and technical departments within local government, making use of community labour and local resources, with IOM supporting goods and services that are not available at the local level.  IOM uses the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Framework for Durable Solutions (2011) as a means to establish a basis for measuring progress towards community stabilization and the point of exit from IOM led assistance.