The total Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar now exceeds 880,000, putting a severe strain on the district’s host community and local government, particularly in Teknaf and Ukhia upazilas, where the Rohingya now constitute at least a third of the total population. On top of existing needs, the upcoming rainy season will increase the risk of disasters such as floods and landslides, but also water contamination and disease outbreaks.
In Cox’s Bazar, coordination is led by a Senior Coordinator and supported by the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG), a neutral and independent coordination body. Strategic guidance and liaison with the national-level Government is provided by the Strategic Executive Group (SEG), designed as an inclusive decision-making forum of international humanitarian organization leads. The SEG is chaired by the Resident Coordinator with the IOM Chief of Mission and UNHCR Representative as co-chairs. IOM coordinates the Site Management and the Shelter/NFI sectors, as well as the Communication with Communities (CwC) Working Group.
IOM and its partners continue to scale up operations to respond to the needs of new arrivals, existing Rohingya, and affected host communities in preparation for the rainy season. Aside from the activities conducted in the different sectors, IOM remains actively engaged in addressing cross-cutting concerns such as Protection, Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP). IOM plans to mainstream protection and GBV through the facilitation of trainings across sectors and services to increase the understanding of general protection and GBV risks and strengthen the overall response. AAP is strengthened through effective, inclusive and consistent CwC activities implemented in the context of AAP include scaling-up of life-saving information with regards to possible disasters through community outreach workers, community radio and focus group discussions.
Note: the projects below are part of the IOM Appeal Rohingya Refugee Crisis (March - December 2018) which is in line with the inter-agency Joint Response Plan for Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis (March - December 2018) developed by the Humanitarian Country team.
Overall Targeted Beneficiaries: 675,000 Rohingya refugees and 200,000 host community members
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IOM Offices: Country Office: Dhaka, Sub-Offices: Cox’s Bazar, Sylhet, Other locations IOM carries out activities: Faridpur, Munshiganj, Madaripur, Shariatpur, Sunamganj, Habiganj, Comilla, Feni, Noakhali, Jehnaidah, Jessore, Sirajganj, Narshingdi, Tangail and Khulna
International Staff: 97
National Staff: 686
- IOM has rolled out effective site management services in 100% of the areas under IOM’s responsibility, reaching an estimated 500,205 individuals.
- Since 25 August, IOM has assessed a total of 1,658 sites and completed four full rounds of its Site Assessment (SA).
- IOM has supported over 620,000 individuals with shelter and Non-Food Items (NFI) assistance.
- IOM has constructed 141 Deep Tube Wells, providing safe drinking water to over 141,000 individuals.
- IOM has conducted 310,506 health consultations and a total of 5,665 Diphtheria patients have been triaged at IOM Diphtheria Treatment Centers (DTCs).
- IOM has identified and assisted 15,311 Extremely Vulnerable Individuals (EVIs) as well as 51 Victims of Trafficking (VOTs).
Accountability To Affected Populations
Enhancing CwC through increased feedback and outreach (Inter-Agency Collective project proposal for Community Engagement)Amount Requested: USD 1,250,000 Amount Received: USD 2,966,189Objective:The objective of CwC activities is to mainstream all principles of accountability and community engagement across all IOM activities, to ensure all affected populations have access to information and to ensure that feedback and complaints mechanisms reach all members of the affected communities and are acted upon and resolved in a timely manner. Activities will include continued support to a humanitarian information service that provides a comprehensive and coordinated information-based response through radio networks, information hubs and drama groups via a Consortium comprised of BBC Media Action, Internews and Translators with Borders. Additionally, the development of an enhanced and scaled cross-sectoral community feedback/complaint and a rumor-tracking mechanism within affected communities will aid in supporting informed decision making and adjust specific responses at all levels. The CwC Working Group will also be supported to advocate for CwC inclusion across sectors and provide sectors with the technical advice and guidance needed to create cohesive communication and messaging to all affected populations.Beneficiaries:900,000 Rohingya refugees
Alternative Cooking Fuel (LPG)Amount Requested: USD 13,204,250 Amount Received: USD 1,334,541Objective:The objective of this project is to increase access to alternative cooking fuel sources in the short, medium, and long-term, helping to curtail environmental degradation as well as restoring the productivity of already damaged forest and agricultural areas in the Cox's Bazar District. Through this joint UNHCR, FAO and WFP project, a total of 80,000 households, consisting of 75% refugee families and 25% families from adjacent host communities, will receive cooking kits. IOM will conduct trainings for each household on receipt of a cooking kit. Refugee households will receive a month-supply of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) through vouchers and service provision contracts, while host communities who received a cooking kit will receive income generation support and capital investment to enable them to purchase LPG refills. This project will address the urgent cooking fuel needs in Cox's Bazar, by introducing alternative clean cooking fuel and technology to reduce deforestation in and around the camps and improve livelihoods by rehabilitating the natural resource base that these communities are dependent on.Beneficiaries:400,000 Rohingya refugees and Host Community Members
Coordination of the Rohingya crisis response - ISCG/SEG Secretariat and Field Coordination HubsAmount Requested: USD 4,669,586 Amount Received: USD 2,090,502Objective:The coordination objectives are to ensure an effective humanitarian response through strengthened inter-sector coordination at strategic and operational levels as well as strengthened information management; reinforcement of the humanitarian community's ability to conduct humanitarian response through the establishment and maintenance of humanitarian hubs; and to ensure effective advocacy and resource mobilization in support of the collective humanitarian response, including national and local partners. The ISCG Secretariat will consist of External Relations, Analysis and Planning, Situation and Coordination Units, as well as support to the Strategic Executive Group, Heads of Sub-Offices Group (HoSOG) and the ISCG's efforts in decision-making on operations, key policy issues, and security challenges. The ISCG will ensure cross-cutting and thematic issues are properly addressed and coordinated across the response, including gender, age, disability, environmental sustainability, cash, and engagement with affected communities, and will scale up advocacy initiatives and resource mobilization efforts in support of the Rohingya refugee crisis.Beneficiaries:150 organizations
Disaster Risk Reduction
Enhancing the resilience capacities and environmental conditions of Host Communities surrounding the refugee population in Cox's BazarAmount Requested: USD 5,000,000 Amount Received: USD 5,073,436Objective:The objective of DRR activities is to enhance the risk reduction, emergency preparedness and response capacities of Bangladeshi host communities and supporting the local government in Cox's Bazar District to build resilience against natural hazards. Activities will include: stakeholder mapping and capacity assessment of relevant government institutions responsible for disaster risk management within Cox's Bazar from the district level down to the union level, including existing volunteer groups; capacity development of Disaster Management institutions and other government offices and departments through provision of human resources, infrastructure and training to support the capacity development of host populations in disaster risk management through the provision of tools, equipment and training support; building school disaster management committees in Teknaf and Ukhia Upazila jointly with relevant government actors; and initiating environmental conservation activities and engaging relevant stakeholders.Beneficiaries:219,950 Host Community Members
Providing Life-Saving Emergency Health Services to Newly Arrived Rohingyas and Vulnerable Host Communities in Cox's BazarAmount Requested: USD 17,792,307 Amount Received: USD 11,333,546Objective:The objective is to improve access to lifesaving and comprehensive primary and secondary health services for crisis-affected populations by providing reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and adolescent health care to reduce morbidity and mortality, while ensuring the prevention of, and response to disease outbreaks and other health emergencies. IOM will continue to scale up the overall quality of health services in newly populated zones in the mega settlements and other spontaneous settlements as well as in the host communities. IOM also intends to enhance access to comprehensive reproductive services through integration with primary health care. Additionally, IOM will continue working with health partners on outbreak prevention and response, capacity building, health information management, and emergency referral and support systems. Finally, IOM will continue to expand the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) programme to reach all IOM Areas of Responsibility with comprehensive services in coordination with Health and Protection units.Beneficiaries:771,819 Rohingya refugees and Host Community Members
Self-Reliance and Livelihood Support for Rohingya Refugees and Host CommunitiesAmount Requested: USD 5,980,000 Amount Received: USD 3,802,167Objective:The objective of livelihoods programming is to strengthen, enhance, and support the livelihoods of host communities, as well as promote resilience and empowerment opportunities for Rohingya refugees. IOM - in collaboration with FAO and other partners - will continue to roll out activities providing livelihood support to host communities via marketing and supply chain inclusion; support to farming and fishing groups, and support to livestock activities. Support will also be provided to build resilience in the Rohingya population through the provision of language skills, vocational, and entrepreneurship training; life-skills training; and by conducting assessments to understand how to best include vulnerable groups, including women and youth, in self-reliance activities. Finally, activities will include vocational training on reforestation technology and management of land stabilization in addition to the establishment of a tree nursery in collaboration with the Forestry Department of Bangladesh.Beneficiaries:91,225 Host Community Members
Needs And Population Monitoring
Needs and Population Monitoring (NPM)Amount Requested: USD 1,494,189 Amount Received: USD 1,216,762Objective:The objective is to enhance equitable access of refugees to relevant services and protection, based on locally agreed standards, ensuring refugees and host communities are informed and engaged through representative community participation and support informed humanitarian decision-making and prioritization of gaps and needs across vulnerable groups and geographical areas. Activities will include a projected five rounds of bi-monthly NPM site assessments, covering all locations hosting Rohingya refugees. Regular updates of site profiles will be provided together with data from key indicators, updated imagery of displacement sites, information management and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) support and targeted surveys to fill information gaps regarding host community relations and perceptions. In addition, IOM will conduct ad hoc rapid needs assessments in the case of emergencies or specific events. Finally, IOM's partnership with ACAPS will continue to provide additional analysis, linking together NPM findings with any other qualitative and quantitative needs assessments carried out.Beneficiaries:900,377 Rohingya refugees
Improving the Living Conditions and Psychosocial Well-Being of Vulnerable Women, Men, Girls, and Boys among Rohingya and Host Communities in BangladeshAmount Requested: USD 3,965,503 Amount Received: USD 4,318,288Objective:The objective of IOM's protection activities is to monitor and advocate for access to territory, prevention of refoulment and promotion and respect for refugees' rights. This will be accomplished by promoting a community-based approach to the response and providing protection services to persons at heightened risk. Activities will encompass enhancing the access and the quality of response and prevention services for individuals at-risk of GBV, in addition to quality child protection services and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) for girls and boys. As part of the protection activities, IOM will identify and support refugees at heightened risk as well as Victims of Trafficking (VoTs) through services such as case management, safe shelter, and referrals. IOM will also raise awareness in GBV and community-based protection mechanisms. Unaccompanied and separated children, children with disabilities, children affected by violence, abuse, neglect, or exploitation will be identified, documented and benefit from case management services. IOM will also continue to advocate for the mainstreaming of protection principles.Beneficiaries:116,464 Rohingya refugees and Host Community Members
Quick Impact Projects
Quick Impact Projects (QIPs)Amount Requested: USD 5,000,000 Amount Received: USD 693,231Objective:The objective of QIPs is to improve host community services and infrastructure to reduce tensions emerging from overcrowding and overstraining of resources due to the increase in the area's population and enhance equitable access of host communities and refugees to relevant services through active participation and engagement, fostering cohesion among both communities. QIPs will be jointly identified and prioritized through existing governance structures, from the Upazila to union and para level, including development committees; composed of elected members, with equitable representation of female representatives, host communities and refugee participants. Activities will revolve around small-scale rehabilitation and Disaster Risk Reduction works focused on the restoration, upgradation, and expansion of existing infrastructure such as clinics, schools, roads, markets, sports facilities, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and solid waste management services, cultural centres, and community halls. These activities will be implemented using the Cash-for-Work (CfW) mechanism benefitting both refugees and host communities.Beneficiaries:252,994 Host Community Members
Shelter and Non-food items
Shelter/NFI and Fuel Source Pipeline with Shelter Upgrade/DRR support and durable shelter solutionsAmount Requested: USD 29,933,000 Amount Received: USD 23,182,108Objective:The objective of IOM's shelter/NFI activities is to provide lifesaving emergency shelter and NFIs to refugees or households affected by natural disasters or other shocks, as well as to improve the living conditions of target populations by contributing to reduced suffering, and enhancing overall protection, dignity, and safety of affected populations in Cox's Bazar. IOM, as the Sector Lead Agency in charge of the Common Pipeline Program, will continue to provide Shelter and NFI supplies, through the distribution of Upgrade Shelter Kits (USK). The USKs are comprised of tarpaulins, bamboo, sand bags, wires, ropes, nails, and a variety of household and neighborhood toolkits. Household trainings in disaster risk reduction and shelter upgrading will continue to divert disaster risks and to improve living conditions in the settlements. Additionally, extremely vulnerable households that require specific protection assistance will benefit from the durable shelter program, while households in host communities will benefit from Cash for Work (CfW) initiatives focused on household-level site improvement works such as soil stabilization, slope protection, and drainage improvements.Beneficiaries:600,000 Rohingya refugees
Site Development and Site Maintenance Engineering
Rehabilitation, Construction and Maintenance of Refugee camps in Cox's Bazar sub-districtAmount Requested: USD 49,810,000 Amount Received: USD 17,587,385Objective:The objective of site development programming is to improve physical site access and safety and ensure dignified living conditions for refugees and adjacent host communities, which includes reducing their vulnerability to natural hazards. Activities include camp-level development works such as: construction of community buildings; improvement to vehicular roads and pedestrian pathways; construction of pedestrian steps; construction of pedestrian bridges/crossings; slope protection; improvements to drainage; land demarcation, and preparation (clearing, levelling & compacting) to support household relocations and service provision; community based hazard mapping and demarcation; vegetation planting for soil and water conservation; and installation of solar street lights. Additionally, this project includes a Site Maintenance and Engineering Project Office (SMEP) comprising IOM, UNHCR, and WFP. The SMEP will undertake three main activities: clearing and strengthening primary drainage channels; maintaining vehicular access via maintenance, emergency repair and rehabilitation; and material supply and pre-positioning to facilitate a rapid response.Beneficiaries:502,276 Rohingya refugees
Improving Living Conditions of Refugees Living in Camp and Camp-Like Settings through Effective Site ManagementAmount Requested: USD 18,190,000 Amount Received: USD 7,175,687Objective:The site management objectives are to enhance equitable access of refugees to relevant services and protection, based on locally agreed standards, ensuring refugees and host communities are informed and engaged through representative community participation, and to support informed humanitarian decision-making and prioritization of gaps across vulnerable groups and geographic areas. IOM will continue to provide Site Management Support (SMS) to the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC), the army, and other relevant national authorities such as district and sub-district representatives. This assistance will ensure effective SMS is delivered in 10 of the camps in Kutupalong Balukhali Extension (KBE) and the six settlements/surrounding host communities to provide protection and assistance to 502,276 Rohingya. Other activities will include decongestion, relocation of vulnerable households in critical natural disaster areas, and rearrangement or insertion of communal facilities as per identified gaps in critical service provision; bolstering a camp complaint-response mechanism; and further strengthening community engagement.Beneficiaries:502,276 Rohingya refugees
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Improvement of WASH services for the most vulnerable populations in Ukhia and Teknaf Upazila of Cox's Bazar District, BangladeshAmount Requested: USD 25,804,823 Amount Received: USD 9,149,864Objective:The overall objective IOM's WASH activities for the remainder of 2018 is to ensure effective, sufficient, and continuous provision of life-saving water and sanitation services. This objective will be supplemented by ensuring that all targeted girls, boys, women and men have the means and are encouraged to adopt individual and collective measures increasing health seeking behaviors to mitigate public health risks, and that all WASH assistance advocates for the protection, safety and dignity of targeted people as well as being provided equitably to girls, boys, women, and men. IOM activities under this project will focus on scaling up water supply activities, sanitation and waste management, hygiene promotion, and epidemic control. Additionally, with the upcoming monsoon season, IOM will also focus on pre-positioning of supplies and promotion of hygiene practices to mitigate potential disease outbreaks and endemics of Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD).Beneficiaries:332,040 Rohingya refugees and Host Community Members
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