Due to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, which started in April 2014 following the annexation of Crimea in March 2014, an estimated 9,700 people have been killed and 22,600 people have been injured. More than 3.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, including 2.3 million people residing in non-government controlled areas (NGCA). Many are trapped in villages along the contact line without natural gas, hot water, food, or basic necessities. Struggling to survive in desperate circumstances, 1,640,335 Ukrainians have been displaced within the country, including an estimated 300,000 displaced people in need of humanitarian assistance within the Ukraine’s Government-Controlled Areas (GCA).
Almost three years into the conflict in the Eastern Ukraine, the impact on human security, access to shelter, services, income, water, food, hygienic solutions and other necessities is still very acute. IOM and its NGO partners in the regions have provided individualized NFIs assistance, such as home appliances, kettles, bed sets, school items, clothes, solid fuel, medicines and hygienic items to women and children, psycho-social support to vulnerable families with children. Additionally, in order to facilitate the integration of IDPs and community members, IOM provided grants for self-employment or vocational courses. IOM and NGO partners also provided community stabilization support through social cohesion and social infrastructure renovation.
Considering the remaining stringent needs of IDPs and host communities, as well as the lack of resources allocated by the Ukrainian Government to cover the needs of the affected population, IOM considers of outmost importance to extend its support in 2017. In this respect, IOM plans to continue the implementation of activities targeting both the humanitarian as well as transition and recovery needs, namely: a) distribution of NFI and winterization assistance to IDPs in Ukraine using unconditional cash transfers, enabling IDP households to purchase basic NFIs, in particular winter clothes, and to resolve key shelter issues, such as heating and utility bills, in advance of winter; b) provision of psychosocial support; c) social cohesion interventions; d) livelihood support.
IOM is part of the UN Country Team and UN Humanitarian Country Team in Ukraine and works in close cooperation with other humanitarian actors to avoid overlapping of assistance. IOM took part in the preparation of Ukraine Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) prepared by HCT. In addition, IOM is a member of the Protection, Early Recovery/Livelihoods, Shelter/NFI, WASH clusters and the Working Group on Cash and Winterization which allowed effective coordination of efforts of UN, EU/ECHO and other humanitarian actors’ interventions in Ukraine. Lastly, IOM works in close coordination with the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Social Policy, Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs, UN agencies (including UNHCR, OCHA and UNICEF among others), international and national NGOs (Donbas SOS, WURC, Poruch, Ukrainian Frontiers, Centre for Social Reforms and others).
Note: the projects below are in line with the Ukraine 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan (1 January 2017 – 31 December 2017) developed by the HCT. Out of the USD 25 million, USD 17.4 million is captured in the HRP. An additional USD 7.6 million is needed to reach an additional 34,220 beneficiaries with the below mentioned targeted interventions. Furthermore, IOM has included additional interventions that are in line with IOM’s Migration Crisis Operational Framework and country strategy to address displacement issues and initiate development-principled programming to establish the foundations for longer-term recovery to complement its humanitarian programmes. For more information, please also see IOM Ukraine's 2017 Crisis Response Plan.
Overall Targeted Beneficiaries: 188,800 of the total crisis-affected population: IDPs (72,800), returnees (55,000), host communities (60,000) and other affected persons (1,000), women (108,800) and men (80,000)
Contact Information: Mr. Manfred Profazi, Chief of Mission, firstname.lastname@example.org, Ms. Ester Ruiz de Azua, Emergency and Stabilization Coordinator, email@example.com. Website: http://www.iom.org.ua Tel: +380 44 568 5015
IOM Offices: Country Office: Kyiv; Sub-Offices: Donetsk, Luhansk, Kramatorsk, Severodonetsk, Odesa.
International Staff: 74 (including 7 staff members and 67 employees on non-staff contracts)
National Staff: 434 (including 133 staff members and 301 employees on non-staff contracts)
- Emergency shelters and non-food item kits delivered to 26,370 displaced persons in 21 regions of Ukraine.
- 4,276 IDPs and local community members assisted through IOM’s support to collective centers and individual housing refurbishment.
- 13,623 IDPs and conflict affected persons provided with cash assistance and 2,504 supported with cash for rent.
- 1,221 IDPs and host community members trained on community development and social cohesion in 61 communities.
- 5,528 IDPs and host community members provided with livelihood support through training and grants for equipment and vocational courses.
- 106 social infrastructures were refurbished.
- 35,000 IDPs and conflict affected populations provided with necessary information and legal services through the IDP support hotline.
Shelter and Non-food items
Essential winterization NFIs, equipment and solid fuel assistance for most vulnerable IDP, returnee and other conflict-affected communities in the GCA and NGCA of Luhansk and Donetsk oblastsAmount Requested: USD 4,100,000 Amount Received: USD 0Objective:Contribute to the reduction of vulnerabilities deriving from conflict-induced loss of assets as well as inadequate shelter and winterization preparedness by providing NFIs, shelter support for vulnerable individuals, addressing protection cases of conflict affected persons facing challenges with accommodation residing in collective centers and willing to move or in substandard accommodations or under the threat of eviction due to exhaustion of resources.Beneficiaries:64,000: IDPs (12,000), returnees (27,000) and host communities (25,000) - (35,200 women, 28,800 men), including 20,000 children and 7,000 elderly
Improving access to adequate shelter solutions through Cash for Rent support and addressing identified needs of the selected households related to work, health and legal issueAmount Requested: USD 1,400,000 Amount Received: USD 0Objective:Provide shelter support for vulnerable individuals, addressing protection cases of conflict affected persons facing challenges with accommodation residing in collective centers and willing to move or in substandard accommodations or under the threat of eviction due to exhaustion of resources.Beneficiaries:3,000: IDPs (3,000) - (1,900 women, 1,100 men), including 750 children and 400 elderly
Addressing human trafficking and exploitation among conflicted-affected populationAmount Requested: USD 1,000,000 Amount Received: USD 0Objective:Address increased risks of human trafficking through facilitating access to reintegration services for survivors of human trafficking and labour abuse and strengthening measures to prevent trafficking in persons among IDPs.Beneficiaries:1,000: 500 women and 500 men, including 20 children and 80 elderly
Essential integrated Psychosocial Support and Social Cohesion for IDPs, returnees and other conflict-affected communities in areas of high concernAmount Requested: USD 2,400,000 Amount Received: USD 965,125Objective:Ccontribute to the promotion of the psychosocial wellbeing of IDPs, returnees and conflict-affected communities, reducing the emotional impact of their predicaments and fostering their harmonious integration in the local environment, with particular attention to the needs of most vulnerable persons.Beneficiaries:30,000 IDPs (12,000), returnees (14,000), and host communities (12,000), including 18,000 women and 12,000 man, of whom 6,500 children and 3,000 elderly
Food Security and Livelihoods
Strengthening the resilience and social cohesion of crisis-affected communities by empowering IDPs, returnees and host community members through the provision of sustainable livelihoods and exchange opportunities in areas of high concernAmount Requested: USD 5,000,000 Amount Received: USD 0Objective:Strengthen the resilience of conflict affected communities through the engagement of unemployed IDP, returnee and host communities in GCA areas of high concern including a pilot livelihoods project in NGCA - with priority given to those meeting vulnerability criteria - in vocational trainings and income generating activities such as start-up and microenterprise grants tailored to the specific needs of women, youth and other vulnerable groups as people with disabilities, minorities. The resilience of targeted communities will be further strengthened through a social cohesion component involvingBeneficiaries:10,800: IDPs (4,800) returnees (3,000) and host communities (3,000) - (6,300 women, 4,500 men)
Other Sectoral Interventions
Increasing the capacity of most vulnerable IDPs, returnees and conflict affected population to cover critical expenses of households residing in areas of high concern close to contact line of Donetsk and Luhansk GCAAmount Requested: USD 2,000,000 Amount Received: USD 0Objective:Increase the capacity of vulnerable IDPs, returnees and conflict affected populations residing in areas close to contact line of Donetsk and Luhansk GCA, identified by the Cash Working Group to cover the most burdensome critical household expenses, through a flexible and versatile multipurpose cash scheme that sustains protection exigencies and preferences of beneficiaries while offering an appropriate value for money solution.Beneficiaries:8,000: IDPs (8,000) - (5,000 women, 3,000 men), including 2,600 children and 2,200 elderly
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
Essential WASH assistance for most vulnerable IDP, returnee and other conflict-affected communities in GCA and NGCA of Luhansk and Donetsk oblastsAmount Requested: USD 3,000,000 Amount Received: USD 0Objective:To increase access to hygiene NFIs and running water among the most vulnerable IDP, returnee and other conflict-affected communities in Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts (GCA and NGCA) through provision of hygiene NFIs and WASH rehabilitations at sites and collective centers based on vulnerability criteria defined in coordination with local counterparts, stakeholders and humanitarian actors.Beneficiaries:38,000: IDPs (12,000), returnees (14,000) and host communities (12,000) - (20,900 women, 17,100 men), including 11,400 children and 3,800 elderly
Activities to Support Community Stabilization and Transition
Social cohesion and economic strengthening of crisis-affected population in UkraineAmount Requested: USD 5,600,000 Amount Received: USD 0Objective:Contribute to recovery, social cohesion of conflict affected communities and ensure the economic empowerment of persons affected by crisis through community development trainings, as well as the engagement of unemployed IDP, returnee and host communities in GCA areas in vocational trainings and income-generating activities such as start-up and micro-enterprise grants.Beneficiaries:33,000: IDPs (18,000), returnees (5,000) and host communities (10,000) - (21,000 women, 12,000 men)
National Monitoring System of UkraineAmount Requested: USD 500,000 Amount Received: USD 0Objective:IOM will assess the situation with IDPs and their intentions (i.e., integration, further displacement, return) through surveys in all regions of Ukraine. This will contribute to coordination with the humanitarian and recovery assistance efforts made by the state authorities and other humanitarian actors, and inform the Government and other partners on the situation of IDPs through dissemination of updated quarterly reports.