IOM receives Shelter and NFI aid from the United States Government to alleviate the suffering of at least 50,000 displaced people in central and northern Mozambique
Pemba, 2 June 2022 – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Mozambique received a shipment of Shelter and Non-Food Items (NFIs) donated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which will improve the living conditions of at least 10,000 households (HHs) in central and northern Mozambique. This support, consisting of Plastic Tarpaulins, Plastic Sheeting Rolls, and 5,000 Shelter Fixing Kits, will allow the most vulnerable displaced population to have basic supplies to start their recovery, thus contributing to income generation and self-reliance of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and host communities.
The increased security incidents in northern Mozambique since 2017, and extreme weather events including floods, cyclones and droughts that occur regularly, have resulted in the displacement of more than 784,564 people in Mozambique, mostly in the central and northern region (DTM Baseline Round 15, February 2022). 1.5 million people are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance (Humanitarian Response Plan, 2022).
This USAID contribution will be added to the central repository of shelter and household supplies (Common Shelter and NFI Pipeline), increasing the capacity of response of humanitarian partners to deliver an efficient life-saving emergency to those who continue to flee areas of instability and areas affected by natural disasters. As the Shelter Cluster Lead Agency (CLA) in northern Mozambique since 2019, and with the generous support of its partners, IOM has been managing and upscaling the Common Pipeline to respond to the urgent shelter needs of the displaced population in northern Mozambique. In response to the Gombe Cyclone that hit Mozambique in March 2022, more than 2,200 families received support from USAID through the Common Pipeline.
USAID Mission Director, Helen Pataki said, “USAID is committed to protecting lives and livelihoods, and reducing the impact of disasters on vulnerable populations by helping households and communities in Mozambique. USAID is proud to work with IOM to provide these supplies to meet the needs of affected Mozambicans.”
In addition to this in-kind donation, an additional USAID grant of over $1 million is expected to reinforce the Common Pipeline with over 75,000 Shelter and NFI items that will serve more than 46,000 people. Since 2021, over 450,000 people have received ongoing humanitarian assistance from IOM with support from the United States government. USAID support contributes to humanitarian coordination as well as providing comprehensive direct and indirect assistance through a multisectoral response, as well as critical in-kind donations of immediate shelter and NFIs.
“IOM with the support of its partners aims to manage the effects of displacement by assisting the most vulnerable populations across Mozambique. This significant contribution from USAID will go a long way; it is greatly needed and appreciated and contributes to IOM’s aim to ensure aid is provided to help meet the urgent needs of those most affected by displacement”, said IOM Mozambique Chief of Mission, Dr. Laura Tomm-Bonde.
IOM's work to provide and coordinate Shelter and NFI support as part of emergency capacity is closely aligned with Objective 7 – Address and reduce vulnerabilities in migration – and Objective 15 – Provide access to basic services for migrants – of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). In 2022, IOM funding requirements amount to USD 79.3 million to continue and scale up its Humanitarian, Development and Peace Nexus (HDPN) approach in northern Mozambique, contributing to conditions in crisis contexts that are more suitable for development efforts (IOM Mozambique Roadmap for northern Mozambique). Following an HDPN approach, IOM seeks to reach sustainable solutions striving to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while implementing the GCM.