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, email@example.com, Ms. Ester Ruiz de Azua, Emergency and Stabilization Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.