Communicating with Communities Pakistan: The Story of Khan Wazir

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:25 -- admin

By Naima Saeed

We take so many things in life for granted. Most of us might not even think where, for example, our next meal will come from, especially if we have never been a victim of some kind of conflict or disaster. But there are millions of people in this world who have to worry about a simple thing such as the next meal.

Communication with Communities is NOT Public Relations

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:00 -- admin

By David Loquercio

Aid organisations cannot be accountable unless they demonstrate a genuine interest in what communities have to say about their situation, their needs, their capacities, their culture, and their preferences. This is why communication with communities is such an important building block of the HAP Standard and the core subject of the new joint IOM-HAP publication "Communicating with Communities: A Case Study and Guide from Pakistan and Elsewhere."

How Changing Behaviour is Beating Malaria in Thailand

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 18:56 -- publisher

Mae Hong Son migrant workers reading IOM comic books on malaria and personal protection. © IOM 2014

By Angela Carreño and Alison Crawshaw

Communications with communities is used to share key messages on a variety of thematic issues including migrant health. IOM Thailand, with the support of the Global Fund, is implementing a malaria Behaviour Change Communication campaign to reach migrants and their host communities with malaria and personal protection messages. This includes multilingual comic books, posters, flip charts, board games and radio broadcasts which together have reached almost 170,000 beneficiaries over the first two years of the campaign. 


Peaks and Valleys: Nepal’s Migration Story

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:42 -- publisher

By Joe Lowry in Kathmandu

This is a story – or two stories – about three women and a man, going in different directions. A story of hope, and a story of despair. One of dreams dashed, one of butterflies in the stomach. A story of escape, and a story of imprisonment. It is about setting out on a new life full of soaring promise, and of returning to deep, bitter disappointment.

Born Displaced: IOM Supports Conflict-Affected People in Ukraine

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:58 -- publisher

By Varvara Zhluktenko

Only weeks after she had to flee from Crimea, Niyara* gave birth to her ninth child. The boy was born in the Western-Ukraine city of Vinnytsia in late July, on the eve of the Muslim holiday of Uraza-Bayram (Eid al-Fitr). An economist and child psychologist by education, Niyara, her husband and her other eight children are some of the 270,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Eastern Ukraine and Crimea who had to look for refuge within other parts of Ukraine.

Peace and Prosperity within touching distance in Southern Philippines

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:54 -- publisher

By Marco Boasso, Chief of Mission, IOM Philippines

I was very excited to see the progress the Government of the Philippines and the Bangsamoro Authorities have made towards peace. Like many of those who have visited Mindanao and the island provinces, I have been charmed by the hospitality, friendliness and resilience of the people I met. It was always with pleasure that I visited our beneficiaries across Mindanao and our IOM staff in Cotabato and Zamboanga.

Migration on the Global Agenda

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 16:34 -- publisher

By Andrew Bruce

As the International Organization for Migration and the Migration Policy Institute launch the tenth “Issue in Brief” in Bangkok today, IOM Regional Director Andrew Bruce reflects on its subject matter: how migration must be integrated into the post-2015 United Nations Development Agenda. This event coincides with the opening of the 69th UN General Assembly in New York, which will discuss the post-2015 vision.

From shoreline to shelter

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 15:42 -- admin

By Naomi Mihara

Itijah Subahan is glad to have left the sweltering heat of the makeshift dwelling where she and her family had been living for the past 11 months.  Displaced by the fighting that broke out in Zamboanga city between the separatist Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Philippine army one year ago, she and her husband, seven children and two grandchildren evacuated to a narrow stretch of shoreline, known as “Cawa-Cawa”.

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