IOM Iraq expands migration crisis management skills to the southern governorates of Iraq

From 26 to 29 October, IOM Iraq conducted a training course in Erbil on Skills Development for Enhanced Migration Crisis Management. Nineteen officials from local authorities and central government institutions of the southern governorates of Iraq attended the training, representing the Ministry of Migration and Displacement (MoMD), the Directorate of Health (DoH), the Governorate’s Office and the Provincial Council of the governorates of Basrah, Thi-Qar, Muthana and Missan.

This training is part of a series of capacity building initiatives undertaken by IOM under the EU-funded Hijra Amina (HA) programme, which aims at strengthening the capacities of provincial authorities and other locally based central institutions throughout Iraq. After similar trainings in Babylon, Baghdad, Kerbala, Missan, Najaf and Qadissiya in June 2015, and in the Kurdistan Regional Government in September 2015, the southern governorates had the opportunity to enhance their capacities in migration crisis management.

The training was facilitated by IOM Iraq’s emergency response experts and relied on the IOM global Migration Crisis Operational Framework (MCOF). Guest speakers Ms. Vian Rasheed, Senior Decision Maker, and Mr. Peter Joshi, Senior Humanitarian Advisor, of the Erbil Refugee Council (ERC), focused on their day-to-day experience in responding to the migration crisis in Erbil and provided insightful observations on challenges and lessons learned, and on the essential partnership with the UN through the Humanitarian Country Team. The guest speakers also underscored the need to build sustainable capacities and skills to respond efficiently to the current situation.

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