IOM and IDMC announce partnership to addressing increasing levels of internal displacement

IOM and IDMC announce partnership to addressing increasing levels of internal displacement

A new partnership has been announced between the UN Migration Agency (IOM) and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) to provide solutions to tens of millions of internally displaced people.

The partnership will support those displaced by conflict and disasters by linking the IOM’s  Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) and IDMC’s expertise in internal displacement data analysis, research and policy. The IOM’s DTM is the world’s largest source of primary data on internal displacement.

The organisation’s collaboration will further their aims of advancing national and global policies to support and improve the lives of IDPs across the world.

António Vitorino, Director-General, UN Migration Agency noted:

“IOM’s interventions in favour of IDPs, in support of our Member States, make up a significant share of our work globally. This partnership will take us to new levels of quality and consistency, and allow us to mobilize attention on an issue that has not been given sufficient consideration”

“IDMC has been a long-standing partner of IOM’s and we are delighted to be formalizing and expanding the breadth of this collaboration”

In recent years internal displacement has risen due to instability, conflict and disasters.

It is estimated that at the end of 2017, 40 million people were internally displaced as a result of conflict and violence, 76% of these are within just 10 countries.

A further 18.8 million were displaced internally due to climate related disasters and natural hazards, according to IDMC.

Alexandra Bilak, Director, IDMC commented:

“The challenges and opportunities of the current global landscape of internal displacement require a strategic approach, and this partnership provides us with the political leverage we need to scale up our work, to develop new approaches and to help governments find lasting solutions to this issue.”

The partnership will allow the two organisations to develop a joint resource mobilisation plan to finance their efforts and collaborate to achieve more comprehensive approaches.


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