Bangladesh 2019

Humanitarian Compendium

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Introduction and Needs

Since August 2017, an estimated 730,000 Rohingya (more than 400,000 of them children) arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, after fleeing from the violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar. As of November 2018, over 900,000 stateless refugees reside in Ukhiya and Teknaf Upazilas, with the majority living in 34 extremely congested camps. This is an unprecedented crisis, in an area prone to natural disasters. Refugees remain fully reliant on humanitarian aid, including food, water, and shelter, with vulnerabilities compounding more than one year after the initial displacement. Immediate humanitarian needs are compounded by the extreme traumas that often preceded or characterized their displacement, including widespread reports of gender-based violence (GBV).

IOM is a key actor on the ground and is responding to the Rohingya influx by continuing to provide emergency support through shelter and non-food items, site management and site development, health, WASH, protection, Communications with Communities (CwC), Needs and Population Monitoring, Disaster Risk Reduction, livelihoods and social cohesion, energy and environment, amongst other services.  

IOM is Chairing Shelter/NFIs and Camp Management sectors, CwC Working group, and co-chairing the GBV Working Group. Additionally, IOM is sharing coordination responsibilities within the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG). Additionally, IOM’s Chief of Mission serves as Co-Chair of the Strategic Executive Group (SEG), which provides strategic guidance to the humanitarian response and interacts with the Government of Bangladesh at the national level. Despite funding constraints, IOM has made significant contributions across all sectors.  

The projects below are included in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis Joint Response Plan 2019 and also the IOM Bangladesh Appeal.

Overall Targeted Beneficiaries: 1,200,000 individuals.
Contact Information: Lauren Pearson, Programme Support Unit Coordinator: +880 18 6960 0924
International Staff:  117
National Staff:  365
IOM Offices: Main Office: Dhaka Field Office: Cox's Bazar Other Locations: ISCG Ukhiya Coordination Hub, SMEP Hub in Madhurchara; Logbase in Ukhia; Logbase in Nhila; Bamboo treatment facility
Bangladesh: Rohingya Refugee Crisis Joint Response Plan 2019
Requested 136,195,895 | Received: 54,449,472 | Percentage funded: 40%

  Camp Coordination and Camp Management

  • Improving living conditions of refugees in camp and host communities through effective information management, site management and site development, inclusive of disaster risks reduction and solar lighting programming
    Amount Requested: USD 34,900,000.00 Amount Received: USD 11,857,538.00
    IOM, as lead-agency of the Site Management sector, will deploy and maintain a coordination team, with a strong focus on macro-planning and disaster risks reduction. Site Management Support (SMS) is required to ensure that affected populations have access to the required level of assistance and protection. Under the auspices of the Sector, IOM will continue to provide Site Management support to the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC), this support revolves around three main components: coordination and information management, community services and site operations. Disaster risk reduction activities will include both preparedness and mitigation measures while building on the resilience of the displaced communities and neighbouring host communities. Site Improvement - Small Scale Rehabilitation, Site Development - Large Scale Infrastructure, Community Lighting, Redeveloping existing settlements Site Maintenance and Engineering Project (SMEP - Joint Project of IOM, UNHCR and WFP).
    Beneficiaries: 1,200,000 refugees and host communities

  Food Security

  • Innovations in Livelihoods for Self-Reliance, Community Adaptation and Social Cohesion in Rohingya and Host Communities in Cox's Bazar
    Amount Requested: USD 5,000,000.00 Amount Received: USD 778,766.00
    IOM's livelihoods support in camp settings will be tailored to building capabilities for self-reliance. Livelihood support in the host communities will create an environment for innovations, alternatives, and market centred production approaches.
    Beneficiaries: 25,000 refugees and host communities


  • Health services for Rohingya population and Vulnerable Host Communities in Cox's Bazar
    Amount Requested: USD 12,500,000.00 Amount Received: USD 8,361,970.00
    SO1. Improve equitable access to and utilization of quality life-saving and comprehensive primary and secondary health services for crisis-affected populations with special focus on sexual reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health; mental health and psychosocial support; and non-communicable diseases. SO2. Ensure the prevention and timely response to outbreaks of diseases with epidemic potential and prepare for other health emergencies including monsoons and cyclones. SO3. Improve health-seeking behaviour and utilization of essential service package among refugees and host populations through community engagement, with special attention to gender considerations and vulnerable groups.
    Beneficiaries: 888,000 Refugees and Host communities


  • Disaster risk reduction and resilience building
    Amount Requested: USD 5,000,000.00 Amount Received: USD 2,346,297.00
    The objective is to strengthen disaster risk reduction capacity and resilience by reducing vulnerability and exposure to natural hazards and climate-induced shocks. IOM will extend its ongoing structural and non-structural capacity development support to the local communities and government on DRR to cope with shocks and stressors and increase overall resilience. DRR activities will include both preparedness and mitigation measures while building on the specific capacities of the displaced communities and neighbouring host communities. IOM will continue to train local volunteers to enable them to take necessary preparedness actions prior to any disasters, as well to respond immediately after any incidence happens. The local communities will also get their early warning, preparedness and mitigation messages from different Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials, awareness sessions and community meetings. IOM will consider the relocations of targeted at-risk host communities who live near slopes or on lower land to reduce exposure to natural hazards. Slope stabilization, drainage and other small-scale engineering works will be undertaken to further reduce vulnerabilities. An assessment of the Fire Safety and Civil Defense capacities will take place to minimize the response time in case of an emergency and improve efficiency. The volunteers will also receive equipment support and training on how to use the equipment. Community risk mapping, camp-wise risk assessments and risk-informed Disaster Management Plans will be prepared to identify specific risks and mitigation plans for different communities and locations. IOM will work to ensure the participation of all members of the local communities, especially women and girls, in the risk mapping and assessments. The engagement of local communities in the mapping will bring an indigenous solution to disaster management. This will also include hazard specific disaster management plans and simulations. The simulations will help the participants to swiftly provide support in the event of a disaster and reduce the impact.
    Beneficiaries: 250,000 individuals

  Shelter and Non-food items

  • Comprehensive Shelter and NFI Support for Rohingya Refugees and Host Communities in Cox's Bazar
    Amount Requested: USD 36,400,000.00 Amount Received: USD 10,764,633.00
    Through this project, IOM aims to provide critical shelter and non-food item assistance to households affected by natural disasters or other shocks, improve living conditions, social cohesion and resilience and also to contribute towards reducing environmental impacts of the displacement through: 1) Transitional shelter assistance; 2) Mid-term shelter assistance; 3) Contingency stockpiling; 4) Improved lights/NFI support (seasonal cash); and 5) LPG distribution (including host community).
    Beneficiaries: 300,000 refugees and host communities

  Shelter and Non-Food Items

  • Alternative fuel (SAFE+)
    Amount Requested: USD 12,200,000.00 Amount Received: USD 8,130,396.00
    The objective of the programme is to promote the use of sustainable energy solutions to reduce the impact on the environment. The provision of cooking fuel at the household level contributes to food and nutrition security whilst reducing serious risks to health and lives, including risks of exposure to GBV, which is enhanced by firewood collection. A private sector partner, competitively and transparently contracted, will distribute refills to identified recipients as per the SCOPE Assistance Card biometric verification of allocation and data (family size, composition and location). The gas refill cycle will depend on the household size and will vary from eight to 14 refills in a 12-month period. Activities will include: i) Distribution of stove kits - burner, hoses, regulator and cylinders with initial gas to 70,000 Rohingya households; ii) Provision of LPG refills to 70,000 Rohingya households; iii) Training of all beneficiaries on use of LPG kits, fire safety and efficient cooking methods; iv) In coordination with Site Management, identification and training of 200 Safety Unit Volunteers (SUV) on fire safety.
    Beneficiaries: 315,000 individuals

  Communication with Communities

  • Accountability to Affected Population in Cox's Bazar
    Amount Requested: USD 2,800,000.00 Amount Received: USD 484,499.00
    IOM aims to contribute to enhancing Accountability to Affected Population through increased communication with communities (CwC), community engagement and coordination.
    Beneficiaries: 718,337 refugees


  • ISCG Secretariat and Ukhiya Coordination Hub
    Amount Requested: USD 1,400,000.00 Amount Received: USD 1,546,605.00
    IOM will provide 19.5 positions to the ISCG Secretariat staffing structure. UNHCR and other agencies will contribute the balance. The Secretariat will deliver the following key activities: 1) Support SEG and HoSO efforts to take decisions on key policy, security and operational challenges, informed by protection considerations; 2) Manage the response programme cycle: needs overviews and analysis, strategic planning and appeals (including contingencies), and response and needs monitoring; 3) Monitor and analyse access constraints, and engage relevant stakeholders to address them; 4) Manage data and information in support of humanitarian decision-making, advocacy and public information, resulting in regular information products; 5) Work with Sectors and humanitarian partners to strengthen accountability and understanding of community capacities and preferences; 6) Progress on a roadmap to localization, including building the capacity of national partners to ensure sustainability of the response; 7) Galvanize agency and Sector capacity in gender and protection to ensure mainstreaming across the response during all stages of the programme cycle; 8) Support the development of a Centrality of Protection Action Plan in collaboration with the Protection Sector/actors and ensure it is regularly monitored; 9) Ensure adequate cyclone preparedness and contingency planning with Sectors and humanitarian partners, including SIMEX prior to the cyclone seasons; 10) Liaise with key stakeholders inside and outside Bangladesh, including humanitarian partners, donors, authorities and representatives of neighbouring countries, with a view to mobilizing resources, promote humanitarian access, and advocate respect for international law; 11) Reinforce and operationalize decentralized coordination mechanisms through the continued management of the humanitarian hub in Ukhiya, and support to the Upazila level coordination.
    Beneficiaries: 130 humanitarian agencies and NGOs
  • Needs and population monitoring
    Amount Requested: USD 1,500,000.00 Amount Received: USD 1,003,398.00
    Support decision-making and a shared understanding of the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis through the creation of information products.
    Beneficiaries: 925,000 refugees

  Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

  • Improvement of WASH services for the most vulnerable populations in Ukhia and Teknaf Upazila of Cox's Bazar District - Bangladesh
    Amount Requested: USD 19,600,000.00 Amount Received: USD 5,101,642.00
    Strategic Objective 1: Ensure effective, sufficient and equitable provision of life-saving water and sanitation services for targeted men, women, boys and girls. Strategic Objective 2: Ensure that all targeted women, men, girls and boys have the means and are encouraged to adopt individual and collective measures increasing health-seeking behaviours to mitigate public health risks for the well-being of the affected population. Strategic Objective 3: Ensure that all WASH assistance promotes the protection, safety and dignity of targeted men, women, boys and girls with a focus on sustainable resilience-building approaches.
    Beneficiaries: 311,000 refugees and host communities

  Child Protection

  • Improving living conditions and wellbeing of Rohingya and Host Community girls and boys
    Amount Requested: USD 600,000.00 Amount Received: USD 499,242.00
    Provide specialized child protection services to children and adolescents most at risk, providing psychosocial and recreational activities to Rohingya children, the establishment of child-friendly corners in women safe spaces, quality case management for girls and boys at risk, and adolescent empowerment and vocational training.
    Beneficiaries: 9,950 Refugees and Host communities

  Gender-Based Violence

  • Mitigating, Responding, and Preventing Gender-based Violence in the Rohingya Crisis
    Amount Requested: USD 1,545,295.00 Amount Received: USD 1,285,794.00
    Through this project, IOM aims to improve access to quality survivor-centred services by responding to individual needs, preventing and mitigating GBV risks, and empowering women, girls and survivors of GBV.
    Beneficiaries: 70,169 refugees and host communities

  Protection and Counter-Trafficking

  • Strengthening community level protection outcomes for refugees and host communities and ensuring access to protection services for most vulnerable to mitigate gravest forms of harm and risk
    Amount Requested: USD 2,750,600.00 Amount Received: USD 2,288,692.00
    IOM implements a multi-intervention model of protection that includes Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Child Protection, counter-trafficking and General Protection activities, including dedicated Protection Mainstreaming capacities, and has been scaling up presence, referral, case management and ensuring community-driven approaches. Under the 2019 Joint Response Plan, IOM seeks to strengthen protection presence, general case management, community protection planning with communities utilizing risk reduction and protection approaches, supporting access to services and ensuring inclusion and participation for the most vulnerable. IOM will also further expand and strengthen its counter-trafficking work which entails community awareness, access to information, access to legal support, case management, and capacity strengthening with local government bodies. Under the JRP, IOM specifically aims to support general protection and counter-trafficking dimensions.
    Beneficiaries: 160,000 refugees