For example, in some countries internal displacement has been integrated into UN Development Assistance Frameworks to better link humanitarian and development efforts. Whether on the nexus or on complementary approaches to humanitarian protection, the solutions should be “bottom-up”, with initiatives in the field leading the way. Participants heard concrete examples of innovative, field-driven responses that foster more accountability to affected populations and enhanced community ownership.
In the Ukraine, the Zhytomyr Community Fund has IDPs on its board and is planning to convene a club later this month where IDPs and local residents can gather to identify and propose solutions to problems they face.
Meanwhile, in areas of South Sudan where conventional assistance is scarce, a local NGO, South Sudan’s Older People’s Organization, organizes community support to the elderly in the form of shelter repairs and other services. IOM’s Rapid Response Fund (RRF), which disperses funds to local NGO partners while investing in their technical and organizational capacity, is supporting the SSOPO.
In northeast Nigeria, where IDPs speak up to forty different languages, Translators Without Borders (TWB) helps navigate the complex linguistic landscape by providing support with terminology and translation to the whole mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) sector, in partnership with IOM.
“At this Consultation we have been able to zoom in, thanks to the very concrete field expertise”, said Ignacio Packer, Executive Director of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA).
“Undoubtedly, much work lies ahead of us,” IOM Deputy Director General Ambassador Laura Thompson said in her closing address. “We need to better understand what exactly the role of each actor should be, what exactly is the value added, how we define partnership in these contexts, and how we can maximize impacts for displaced populations, so that durable solutions can be found, and risk and vulnerability can be lowered to prevent future displacement.”
IOM-NGO Humanitarian Consultations have been jointly organized by IOM and the ICVA since 2015, alternating biennially between Geneva and regional hubs, in order to bring the conversation closer to field realities and allow for greater inclusion of local and national NGOs.
Read more about the 2018 Consultation here.
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