Zimbabwe 2019

Humanitarian Compendium

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Introduction and Needs

Zimbabwe faces a multitude of humanitarian challenges as result of climate and economic shocks. Following the failed 2018-2019 agricultural season, the country is confronted with worsening humanitarian situation with an estimated 5.5 million people in need of urgent humanitarian food assistance.  The vulnerability situation is compounded by the Cyclone Idai which struck on 15 March 2019 and affected 270 000 individuals with 50,905 displaced in 12 districts with 171 households still resident in IDP camps.

The economic crisis is worsened by shortage of foreign currency for critical imports, limited essential services especially power and fuel supply which has further negatively impacted commerce and industry. The opportunity for formal and informal employment continues to diminish as the productive sector contracts.

In an effort to stabilise the economy, the government introduced economic reforms including the new Zimbabwe RTGS dollar in July 2019 as the sole legal tender, effectively ending the multi-currency regime, which had been in place since 2009. In the short term, the reforms and austerity measures are negatively impacting on household economies with disproportionate impact on the poorest and most vulnerable. The austerity measures have had the effect of increasing the prices of most basic commodities including food, medicine and other essential products beyond the reach of most of the population who are having to resort to negative coping mechanisms. Supporting the displaced including migrants is critical.

IOM Programming:

IOM will continue to provide leadership to the Shelter and NFI and CCCM clusters while actively participating in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Health and Early recovery clusters.

Within the context of the Zimbabwe Humanitarian Appeal 2019 whose  strategic objective 1 is to: Save lives and livelihoods by providing integrated humanitarian assistance and protection to people impacted by the severe food insecurity and the adverse impact of economic reforms including residual humanitarian needs of Cyclone Idai affected communities and Strategic Objective 2 is to : Strengthen the resilience of the most vulnerable communities to mitigate the impact of food insecurity exacerbated by the adverse impact of austerity reforms. IOM programming will be focused on strengthening recovery, resilience and durable solutions for populations impacted by displacement post Cyclone Idai, especially for those displaced and continuing to be accommodated in temporary camps and with host families. Furthermore, IOM will strengthen migration and displacement data collection and analysis for evidence based programming. IOM will also focus on multi sectoral humanitarian assistance including shelter and NFIs, camp coordination and management, displacement tracking, protection, health and early recovery to a targeted 40,000 individuals. 

Overall Targeted Beneficiaries: 40,000 individuals
Contact Information: Mario Lito Malanca, Chief of Mission: MMALANCA@iom.int
International Staff:  6
National Staff:  39
IOM Offices: Main Office: Harare
DRC Humanitarian Response Plan 2017-2019 (2019 Update)
Requested 3,750,000 | Received: 847,170 | Percentage funded: 23%

  Shelter and Non-food items

  • Improve access to Shelter and Non-food Items among cyclone-affected populations
    Amount Requested: USD 3,750,000.00 Amount Received: USD 847,170.00
    IOM will support targeted populations with acute needs who are not yet able to return home and have lost everything in the disaster with emergency shelter and NFI support. This kit will include shelter items such as tarpaulins, ropes, tools, and NFIs including buckets, cooking sets, blankets and mosquito nets. IOM will ensure equitable and safe access to shelter and NFI support across the sub-groups of the beneficiary population. Once emergency life-saving needs have been stabilized IOM, as the lead of the Shelter/NFI cluster, will work with the Government of Zimbabwe, cluster partners and the affected communities to ensure that return and/or relocation planning is done in a safe and dignified manner and that sites that are proposed for return or rebuilding are safe and not vulnerable to repeat disaster. In addition, IOM, through the S/NFI cluster, will work closely with IOM CCCM teams to support work on-site planning and management of displacement site to ensure that while families wait to return home, they are not exposed to additional risk such as fire outbreaks, landslides or protection risks in the displacement sites.
    Beneficiaries: 90,000 individuals
2019 Zimbabwe Flash Appeal
Requested 4,250,000 | Received: 402,901 | Percentage funded: 9%

  Camp Coordination and Camp Management

  • Provision of Camp Coordination and Camp Management Services
    Amount Requested: USD 300,000.00 Amount Received: USD 202,901.00
    IOM will implement camp coordination and management activities which will focus on the following: i) Supporting sub-national authorities (district administrators) to establish a platform to coordinate humanitarian response at site or area-level; ii) Providing support to site planning, as well as basic community-based site maintenance and improvements, to ensure that sites meet minimum standards and are set up in a safe manner that does not expose the population to further risk, including of gender-based violence (GBV); iii) Provide regular updated information on displacement site locations, population demographics, intentions and population flows as well as monitoring service delivery at site level to ensure that there are no gaps or duplication of activities, and that minimum standards are being met, protection risks, including of gender-based violence, are identified and mitigation measures undertaken; iv) Carry out CCCM capacity building activities for local authorities and local actors and leaders, specifically district administrators and Department of Civil Protection; v) Provide capacity building at national and regional level through a contextualized CCCM training package, and support to local coordination mechanisms.
    Beneficiaries: 21,000 individuals


  • Protection Services for Vulnerable Cyclone-Affected Populations in Zimbabwe
    Amount Requested: USD 200,000.00 Amount Received: USD 0.00
    IOM's response aims to protect and assist vulnerable populations, including victims and potential victims of Trafficking in Persons as well as other persons at risk of violence, abuse and exploitation. IOM will leverage its current programming on trafficking, in partnership with the Government of Zimbabwe, to support partners responding to the cyclone-affected populations to minimize the risk of trafficking as well as to directly support victims of trafficking if identified. IOM will work to raise awareness of trafficking and the risks it poses to affected communities through a comprehensive Counter-Trafficking information campaign to reach populations in the affected areas and inform them on the importance of carefully verifying any offers of employment or education elsewhere in order not to become a victim of trafficking in persons.
    Beneficiaries: 21,000 individuals

  Early Recovery

  • Provision of Disaster Risk Reduction and Early Recovery Strategies
    Amount Requested: USD 2,000,000.00 Amount Received: USD 0.00
    IOM's CCCM teams will support early recovery actors with key information on the community's intentions post-disaster as well as leading in relocation operations if needed, with SNFI teams supporting in return/relocation site assessments and planning. Additionally, IOM will leverage the existing experience in recovery and resilience building within the IOM Zimbabwe team that has been built over the last 10 years.
    Beneficiaries: 90,000 individuals

  Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM)

  • Implementation of Improved Information Management for Emergency Response through Rolling Out of the Displacement Tracking Matrix
    Amount Requested: USD 1,500,000.00 Amount Received: USD 200,000.00
    IOM will implement its Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) program to provide key information and critical insights into the situation on internally displaced and affected persons in Zimbabwe. Specifically, DTM will provide humanitarian stakeholders with a mapping of displacement sites, demographics of the most affected, mobility tracking as populations move to and from sites towards return and relocation, as well as detailed inter-sectorial information on all assessed sites to support strategic decision making around resource allocation.
    Beneficiaries: 2,300,000 individuals

  Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

  • Fostering Mental Health and Psychosocial Support to Vulnerable Cyclone-Affected Individuals
    Amount Requested: USD 250,000.00 Amount Received: USD 0.00
    IOM will work to strengthen the capacity of communities to cope with the impact of the disaster through mobile psychosocial teams, as well as psycho-education and psychological first aid. In addition, IOM will work to support protection and health referral pathways to ensure that services are provided in a coordinated and complementary way to those who need them.
    Beneficiaries: 21,000 individuals
2019-2020 Zimbabwe Flash Appeal
Requested 2,600,000 | Received: 0 | Percentage funded: 0%

  Food Security

  • Multisector Support to Cyclone and Drought Affected Population in Zimbabwe
    Amount Requested: USD 1,600,000.00 Amount Received: USD 0.00
    To improve human security by providing multisector assistance to individuals and communities affected by forced displacements in Masvingo and Manicaland Provinces and to strengthen their resilience for future crises.
    Beneficiaries: 60,000 households (or 612,000 individuals)


  • Improved advocacy and protection of unaccompanied migrant children forcibly returned from South Africa and Botswana through Beitbridge and Plumtree
    Amount Requested: USD 500,000.00 Amount Received: USD 0.00
    This project aims to contribute to safe migration and humane assistance to unaccompanied migrant children within Beitbridge and Plumtree Reception and Support Centres forcibly returned from neighbouring countries through addressing their immediate humanitarian needs.
    Beneficiaries: 1,500 individuals (including 600 boys and 900 girls)
  • Promoting the Prevention of Gender Based Violence among Internally Displaced Persons, returnees and host communities in rural Areas of Zimbabwe
    Amount Requested: USD 500,000.00 Amount Received: USD 0.00
    To increase access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for youth, women and men, and to strengthen effective engagement of civic groups and relevant stakeholders in understanding women rights as a basis for preventing sexual and gender based violence (GBV) in rural areas of Zimbabwe.
    Beneficiaries: 40,751 individuals (including 23,251 women, 11,423 girls and 6,077 boys)