International Organization for Migration (IOM)

IOM launches peacebuilding initiatives in Kagua Erave

These projects were initiated in the remote villages of Pira 1, Pira 2, and Mapata 2 in collaboration with the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund.

These initiatives are part of the Community Peace for Development (CPDP) program, which includes Climate Change and Adaptation, as well as Disaster Risk Reduction Planning and Implementation. In total, four community plans were implemented to enhance peace and development through the strategic implementation of infrastructure.

Paipeli Launches Community Peace Plan

The plan was developed with financial assistance from the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UN PBF) and aims to integrate peacebuilding, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation strategies. 

IOM worked closely with local churches and groups in the Paipeli community to successfully launch Paipeli's CPDP. The community plan was developed through inclusive community-level planning and community-wide discussions that included inputs from women, youth, partners, and local authorities (provincial, district and local level).

Hygiene kits for Highlands communities

The items were delivered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in partnership with national and provincial disaster centres in Papua New Guinea.

Working closely with local authorities in these provinces, IOM also delivered participatory health and hygiene awareness sessions in local communities and schools.

These areas were affected by violence and displacement. 

“Communities were torn apart by the fighting,” noted Evelyn Napit, a community member of Enga Province.

IOM renews million Kina partnership

The partnership was renewed through US$2.5 million (K9 mil) for the project, ‘Addressing the Drivers and Consequences of Disaster Displacement Through Enhancing Resilience in Papua New Guinea’.

This project builds community resilience in the face of disasters and displacement, by strengthening government and community preparedness capacity and response mechanisms.

The project focuses on communities in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, East New Britain, Enga, Hela, Jiwaka, Morobe, Western Highlands, Southern Highlands, and East Sepik.

IOM scales up relief efforts

The relief effort is conducted with the National Disaster Centre and Bougainville Office for Disaster and Climate Change. 

Financially supported by the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), IOM deployed the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) site assessment tool to assist with the response planning arranged by the Government and humanitarian partners.

Ward develops disaster risk plan

With help from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and funding support from USAID, the Valaur ward 17, situated at the foot of the Mt Vulcan volcano, created a plan specific to the type of disasters that have affected them.

The five-year plan will capture a much needed water supply project to be built by OISCA, food security, the establishment of an aid post and an identified escape route in the event of a volcanic eruption or tsunami.

Risk Management Plans Launched

The management plans, developed with the technical assistance of IOM and government authorities in Hela, received inputs from women, girls, men and boys in the beneficiary communities.

Community members worked together in identifying critical measures such as evacuation centres and safe drinking water points to mitigate disaster risks and improve resilience.

IOM is supporting the implementation of the CBDRM plans across the target communities in Hela and installed rain-fed catchments promoting resilience to water scarcity.

Support for Guala

Most of the local population live in rural areas and face challenges related to accessing basic services such as healthcare. Accessing basic services is at times hindered by violence and tribal fighting in local communities.

Through working in partnership with the Hela Provincial Government, United Nations agencies, and partners, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is promoting peace and development in the Guala community in Hela Province.

Officials Trained In Disaster Management

This follows training on the use of the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) in Hela, Southern Highlands, Jiwaka and Western Highlands.

Delivered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Mendi town, the training was attended by 20 men and nine women from the provincial administration, district and local government offices, partners and local volunteers.

The training focused on field data collection and developing information products that better inform planning and evidence-based responses to the multi-sectoral needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Data Gathered On Internal Displacement

With funding from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Development Fund and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), IOM is providing technical inputs in the execution of field assessments with the Department for Provincial and Local Government Affairs (DLPGA) and provincial authorities.

They are also providing input in the drafting of a policy document for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).