The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Zimbabwe has received $750 000 from the United States Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance to assist in responding to humanitarian crises and protecting the needs of migrants in Zimbabwe.
In a statement last Friday, IOM said the funding will go towards facilitating long-term durable solutions, community-based disaster risk reduction in high risk areas, capacity building on cross-border mobility and provision of humanitarian assistance to forcibly returned migrants.
“The US support will target forcibly returned migrants and asylum seekers arriving in Zimbabwe, including unaccompanied minors and displacement-affected communities by facilitating the provision of emergency humanitarian assistance to them,” the statement reads.
IOM said specific activities to be implemented included conducting rapid assessments, provision of emergency assistance such as food and non-food items, temporary shelter, establishing referral systems for effective co-ordination of assistance to beneficiaries and the provision of technical assistance to local authorities and communities.
“Capacity building activities on human border management will include provision of technical assistance to the government on managing cross-border mobility, provision of temporary shelter, emergency healthcare and counselling, pre and post-family reunification among others,” IOM said.