The International Organization for Migration (IOM) together with the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) addressed these issues convening its first Regional IOM-NGO Humanitarian Consultation for the Middle East and North Africa Region.
The role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) has become increasingly recognized in responding to mounting need while delivering effective humanitarian assistance and protection in access-constrained environments.
Consultation participants discussed good practices and complementarities for partnering in access constrained contexts such as tools for mitigating risk, strengthening local capacity to safely access the most vulnerable, and sustaining access to migrants held in detention in times of crisis.
With over 65 representatives, the Consultations presented an opportunity for participants to share best practices with peers in their fields. Those exchanges help inform future IOM policy, programming and humanitarian advocacy.
IOM’s Director of Operations and Emergencies, Jeff Labovitz said, “Gaining and maintaining safe access to populations always involves complex decisions and hard choices in volatile and insecure environments. We need to invest in skills and capacities that enable us to operate in high-risk and access constraint environments.”
It is against this background that IOM’s collaboration with NGOs is key to ensuring adequate humanitarian preparedness and response. IOM’s humanitarian partnerships with NGOs in the Middle East and North Africa have expanded as the Organization’s crisis response in the region grows, both in the scope of services provided and in the breadth of geographical coverage.