Ukraine 2018

Humanitarian Compendium

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Introduction and Needs

The conflict in eastern Ukraine, ongoing since 2014, continues to trigger humanitarian needs, claim lives and result in damage to critical public and private infrastructure. Protracted displacement remains a significant challenge, and lack of livelihood opportunities forces some internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return prematurely to insecure areas. To date, the Government of Ukraine has officially registered approximately 1.5 million people as internally displaced. The protracted nature of the crisis has an impact on all aspects of life for civilians living along the contact line in Eastern Ukraine. Moreover, the conflict has paralyzed economic activity in the East, with many large business enterprises having closed down, resulting in a deterioration of the overall socio-economic situation. At the household level, few employment opportunities have led to lack of income and inability of families to meet their basic needs.

Due to the protracted nature of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, slow economic growth and increased social tensions, 2018 will be a critical year for the transition from humanitarian assistance to longer-term recovery efforts. Particularly, IOM plans to continue emergency assistance through the distribution of winterization and hygiene non-food items (NFI), multi-purpose cash, and rehabilitation of critical social infrastructure. Moreover, bridging the gap between humanitarian and development interventions is critical to simultaneously address the urgent and longer-term needs of conflict-affected communities in the Donbas.

IOM has a strong operational presence in Eastern Ukraine, with offices and activities ongoing in the government-controlled area (GCA) and non-government controlled area (NGCA) of Luhansk and Donetsk. IOM actively participates in the Shelter/NFI, Food Security and Livelihoods, Protection and WASH clusters, as well as in meetings of the Cash Working Group and United Nations Eastern Team. Strong relationships have been developed between IOM and the Government of Ukraine through close collaboration with relevant ministries, including the Ministry of Social Policy and Ministry of IDPs and Occupied Territories.

Note: the projects below are part of the IOM Ukraine Appeal 2018, which is in line with the inter-agency Humanitarian Response Plan Ukraine 2018. Furthermore, IOM has included additional interventions that are in line with IOM’s Migration Crisis Operational Framework and country strategy to address migration issues and initiate development-principled programming to establish the foundations for longer-term recovery to complement its humanitarian programmes.


In 2017:

  • 2,554 IDPs and host community members supported through grants to establish and scale-up their businesses and vocational trainings.
  • 1,374 IDPs and host community members provided with psychosocial support aimed to reduce the emotional impact of their predicaments and foster integration in the local environment.
  • 22,196 households assisted with household-related NFIs, including hygiene kits (8,057) and dignity kits (8,593).
  • 8, 103 IDPs and conflict-affected persons along the contact line provided with cash assistance.
  • 4,858 individuals benefited from water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities, and the pumping systems, water storage, heating systems and wastewater, etc. were improved in 20 social institutions.
  • 1,269 IDPs and host community members trained on community development and social cohesion in 78 communities within Ukraine.
  • 26,531 IDPs and conflict-affected populations provided with up-to-date information, legal consultations and relevant information on gender-based violence (GBV) through the hotline.
Overall Targeted Beneficiaries: Over 650,000 IDPs, returnees, host communities, conflict affected populations, relevant officials of the Government of Ukraine
Contact Information: Dr Thomas Lothar Weiss, Chief of Mission,, Ms Ester Ruiz De Azua, Emergency and Stabilization Coordinator, Website: Tel: +380 44 568 5015
International Staff:  46
National Staff:  365
IOM Offices: Country Office: Kyiv, Sub-Offices: Donetsk, Luhansk, Kramatorsk, Severodonetsk, Odesa
Ukraine Humanitarian Response Plan
Requested 16,198,603 | Received: 6,905,233 | Percentage funded: 43%


  • Addressing human trafficking and exploitation among the conflict-affected population
    Amount Requested: USD 1,000,000.00 Amount Received: USD 0.00
    To mitigate growing risks of human trafficking IOM aims to ensure identification and referral of the victims of trafficking among the conflict-affected population, with a particular attention to the population living in proximity to the contact line, with subsequent access to comprehensive yet tailored to individual needs reintegration and rehabilitation assistance for identified victims of trafficking. Concurrently, IOM will carry out preventive measures raising awareness about risks of trafficking and exploitation and providing contacts of the currently operating helplines to the vulnerable population.
    Beneficiaries: 10,300 individuals (in addition to 312,000 individuals to be reached through the awareness raising campaign)
  • Community revitalization through integrated psychosocial support and social cohesion for conflict-affected communities
    Amount Requested: USD 1,500,000.00 Amount Received: USD 638,384.55
    To contribute to the revitalization of conflict-affected communities through integrated psychosocial support for IDPs, returnees and other community members and support community-driven social cohesion activities to promote integration and further reconciliation.
    Beneficiaries: 30,000 individuals (18,000 - female; 12,000 - male; 6,500 - children; 3,000 - elderly; 12,000 - IDPs, 6,000 - returnees, 12,000 - host community members)

  Shelter and Non-food items

  • Essential winterization NFIs, equipment and solid fuel assistance for the most vulnerable returnee, IDP and other conflict-affected communities in the GCA and NGCA of Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts
    Amount Requested: USD 3,937,600.00 Amount Received: USD 3,468,206.53
    To contribute to the reduction of vulnerabilities deriving from conflict-induced loss of assets as well as inadequate shelter and winterization preparedness. The project will mitigate negative coping strategies by increasing access to winterization, NFIs and essential equipment for already vulnerable women, men, girls and boys among IDP, returnee and other conflict-affected communities, in households, collective centres and social institutions of Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts (GCA and NGCA).
    Beneficiaries: 49,190 individuals (27,052 - female, 22,138 - male; 4,919 - children; 14,757 - elderly; 8,000 - IDPs, 21,190 - returnees, 20,000 - host community members)

  Multi-Purpose Cash

  • Increasing the capacity of the most vulnerable conflict-affected populations to cover critical expenses of households residing in areas of high concern close to contact line of Donetsk and Luhansk GCA
    Amount Requested: USD 1,088,000.00 Amount Received: USD 873,376.00
    To increase the capacity of vulnerable conflict-affected populations residing in areas close to the 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.
    Beneficiaries: 4,000 IDPs (2,400 - female, 1,600 - male; 800 - children; 800 - elderly)


  • Strengthening the resilience of crisis-affected communities by empowering IDPs, returnees and host community members through the provision of sustainable livelihoods (GCA and NGCA)
    Amount Requested: USD 3,858,003.00 Amount Received: USD 607,273.00
    To strengthen the resilience of conflict-affected communities through the engagement of unemployed IDP, returnee and host communities in GCA areas of high concern including tailored livelihood support in the 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.
    Beneficiaries: 13,680 individuals (8,208 - female, 5,472 - male; 3,967 - IDPs; 1,231 - returnees; 8,482 - host communities

  Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

  • Essential WASH assistance for the most vulnerable IDP, returnee, and other conflict-affected communities in GCA and NGCA of Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts
    Amount Requested: USD 4,815,000.00 Amount Received: USD 1,317,993.00
    Increase access to hygiene NFIs and improved WASH infrastructure among the most vulnerable IDPs, returnees and other conflict-affected communities in Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts (GCA and NGCA).
    Beneficiaries: 37,000 individuals (20,350 - female, 16,650 - male; 7,400 - children; 3, 700 - elderly; 2,000 - IDPs, 10,000 - returnees, 25,000 - host community members)
Ukraine Migration Crisis Operational Framework
Requested 24,089,212 | Received: 8,203,135 | Percentage funded: 34%


  • Addressing human trafficking and provision of assistance to VoTs, inclduing internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other vulnerable population
    Amount Requested: USD 0.00 Amount Received: USD 409,161.00
    The project will assist GOU in support of counter trafficking efforts through implementing the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) and developing local capacity building to provide high quality assistance to VoTs including tose newly identified amoung IDPs.
    Beneficiaries: Government and civil society of Ukraine, victims of trafficking, at risk groups, including displaced  and affected population, local NGOs, National Referral Mechanism
  • Addressing human trafficking and provision of assistance to VoTs, inclduing internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other vulnerable population
    Amount Requested: USD 2,489,212.00 Amount Received: USD 2,489,212.00
    The project will reinforce regional approach to combatting trafficking in human beings (THB), strengthening cooperation and dialogue between governments and civil society in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and Georgia through regional exchange of knowledge, experience and best practices. The regional approach will compliment national efforts of each country to improve response to THB and protection of trafficking survivors.
    Beneficiaries: Government and civil society of Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova and Belarus, at risk groups, including displaced  and affected population, local NGOs, National Referral Mechanism

  Health Support

  • Improving Access to Basic Health Care Services for IDPs and Conflict-Affected Populations
    Amount Requested: USD 3,000,000.00 Amount Received: USD 3,000.00
    Increase access to basic health care for IDPs and conflict-affected communities close to the contact line through mobile health clinics, provide specialized medical equipment in primary healthcare facilities and strengthen community awareness on prevention of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis including stronger health-seeking behaviours.
    Beneficiaries: 50,000 IDPs and members of the host community

  Activities to Support Community Stabilization and Transition

  • Enhance Economic Recovery and Investment in Local Businesses
    Amount Requested: USD 5,600,000.00 Amount Received: USD 3,933,160.00
    Contribute to providing IDPs and host community members with opportunities to initiate new or expand existing livelihoods activities by linking technical training and business counselling support with grants for self-employment start-ups, micro-business initiatives and scaling-up of existing businesses as well as undertaking research for the feasibility of micro-credit schemes to increase access to credit for IDPs.
    Beneficiaries: 70,000 IDPs and members of the host community
  • National Monitoring System (NMS) of Ukraine
    Amount Requested: USD 1,500,000.00 Amount Received: USD 386,290.00
    To assess the situation of IDP and returnee households through conducting surveys in all regions of Ukraine and specifically within Eastern Ukraine and on the contact line. The NMS gathers information on the challenges faced by IDPs and returnees and provides strategic information to the Government of Ukraine and humanitarian and development community to design planned interventions.
    Beneficiaries: Government of Ukraine and humanitarian and development community
  • Rehabilitation of Critical and Social Infrastructure
    Amount Requested: USD 6,400,000.00 Amount Received: USD 124,548.00
    To carry out rehabilitation of critical and social infrastructure, including but not limited to healthcare facilities, geriatric centres, schools, community centres. The rehabilitation will contribute towards recovery in conflict-affected communities and generate employment among the vulnerable population through their engagement in difference employment generation schemes.
    Beneficiaries: 65,000 IDPs and members of host communities
  • Support to Improve Services at the Checkpoints Along the Contact Line
    Amount Requested: USD 1,500,000.00 Amount Received: USD 857,764.00
    To improve conditions for, and safety of, civilians at the line crossing points on the GCA side. IOM will support the State Border Guard Services (SBGS) to improve their operational capacity through the provision of necessary equipment and enhance knowledge on counter-trafficking in human beings, anti-corruption, (humanitarian) border management and dialogue.
    Beneficiaries: 500 government official working in checkpoints along the contact line

  (Re)integration Assistance

  • Engaging Demobilized Participants of the Eastern Conflict in Socio-Economic Reintegration Initiatives
    Amount Requested: USD 3,600,000.00 Amount Received: USD 0.00
    To contribute to supporting the socio-economic reintegration of veterans through a comprehensive set of activities, including profiling, data management and provision of economic and psychosocial assistance to support veterans and their families transition to civilian life.
    Beneficiaries: 11,000 demobilized participants of the Eastern conflict and their families