Achieving a coordinated emergency response: HIJRA AMINA expands the MoMD’s base of capacities

The EU funded HIJRA AMINA programme makes headway in further enhancing capacities within the Ministry of Migration and Displacement (MoMD) with another successful event held in Baghdad from 28th to 30th April.  As HIJRA AMINA continues to delve into the capacity building needs of the Republic of Iraq’s central migration management authority, it is responding efficiently to some of the fundamental training priorities highlighted by MoMD.

The 3 day training on ‘Skills Development for Enhanced Migration Management’, brought together 22 officials of MoMD from a wide spectrum of experience, both at the level of administration and field operations, including the Minister’s Office, Deputies’ Offices, Migration Affairs Directorate, Branches Affairs Directorate, IT and Research Directorate, Administration and Finance Directorate and Planning Directorate.  The diversity of the group demonstrated the extent and range of the Ministry’s reach in providing services to those most affected by the migration crisis. 

The training’s presentations were animated with the experiences of the audience, and were combined with practical activities in communication, coordination, reporting, monitoring and evaluation; all of which culminated into a beneficiary centric approach.  This approach prompted spontaneous interactions and, once again HIJRA AMINA offered an opportunity for the active protagonists of the response to reinforce their ability to handle the massive flow of vulnerable populations.

The audience comprised over 60% of female representation; a clear indication that gender is a major consideration and is thus positively embedded in MoMD’s response to the crisis.  The female participants contributed greatly to promoting the significance of interpersonal skills and upholding a compassionate disposition toward day-to-day tasks, which are all the more critical for handling the humanitarian predicaments found in Iraq.

The knowledge and skills development at the central focus of the training are the foundational components of a highly functioning institution and will contribute to greater overall efficiency  of  MoMD, not only in the wake of the current migration crisis, but also in addressing future challenges.

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