Provincial Authorities in Iraq come together to build capacity in migration crisis management
From 8-11 June, IOM Iraq held a training for provincial authorities of Babylon, Baghad, Kerbala, Missan, Najaf, and Qadissiya, including the governor’s office and Provincial Council Members, the Ministry of Migration and Displacement (MoMD) and focal points from IOM Iraq’s Rapid Assessment Response Teams from these Governorates.
The training was organized under the aegis of the EU funded HIJRA AMINA programme, in collaboration with IOM Iraq’s emergency response experts under the global Migration Crisis Operational Framework (MCOF). MCOF is an analytical and operational tool to improve and systematize IOM support to Member States and partners in responding to the assistance and protection needs of crisis-affected, vulnerable populations.
The MCOF is the framework of IOM’s response in Iraq, which is also the model applied to build capacities of Iraqi authorities directly involved in the management of the migration crisis. Since the onset of the emergency, IOM Iraq already provided training on the MCOF to 75 officials of both Central GoI and KRG authorities, representing the MoMD, the Ministry of Health, Ministry of the Interior, the Bureau of Migration and Displacement, the provincial authorities of Erbil, Dahuk and Sulaymaniyah and the Kurdistan Region Independent Human Rights Commission.
These trainings provide an opportunity for operational officials of areas affected by the crisis to come together to share experiences and build a more cohesive response. This crucial aspect was highlighted by a prominent participant of the latest training, Mrs. Layla Flaeh Hasan, a Council Member of Karbala Governorate:
“This is the first time we have shared our experience during the crisis with other provincial authorities and with MoMD. Under the MCOF, we have the opportunity to build better coordination mechanisms to improve response to the immediate needs of the IDPs entering our governorates.”
The training included a visit to the IOM warehouse in Erbil where participants experience first-hand the operationalization of supply chain management for IOM services in the migration crisis. Participants noted the advanced coordination required to ensure the timely and targeted delivery of IOM assistance.