International Organization for Migration (IOM)

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).

Counselling staff undergo training

The 1-tok kaunselin helpim lain is managed by ChildFund Papua New Guinea and has been operational since 2015, providing a 24-hour telephone counselling service to survivors of gender-based violence, including child protection and trafficking in persons (TiP) across Papua New Guinea.

At the request of ChildFund Papua New Guinea, IOM delivered sessions to hotline staff in coordination with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and A21.

IOM Partners For Peace In Hela, SHP

Guala, Kikita and Tigibi in Hela Province, and Munihu, Pambal, Megi and Yame in Southern Highlands Province, have been involved in these peace efforts.

Through financial assistance from United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UN PBF), IOM's support to these communities includes training for gender-inclusive community facilitation teams and local authorities, technical assistance in developing and operationalising community action plans, and material assistance to execute selected community-led priority projects.

Victims of human smuggling need safe houses

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says it does not have a separate facility to accommodate and act as a safe house for these victims but it is using current facilities like those of the family and sexual violence unit.

Several ‘Meri Seif’ houses across the city are also used to accommodate these victims but they are only kept for up to two weeks, which is now a challenge trafficking victims face.

This issue was raised during the three-day workshop facilitated by IOM and the Department of Justice and Attorney-General, or DJAG. This workshop ends today.

‘Modern-day slavery’

This act has truly become a global threat to vulnerable men, women and children. It has become a wrong that affects millions of people every year.

A three-day workshop is being conducted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for police investigators and prosecutors.

The objective of the workshop is to enhance and identify cases of human trafficking in PNG following the increased instances of trafficking in the country.