IOM Appeals for USD 122 million to Support Displaced People, Returnees in South Sudan
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched its 2019 South Sudan Appeal (05/02). Totalling USD 122 million, IOM’s appeal sets out a robust plan to support nearly 1 million people – particularly those who are, or who have been, displaced – and over 80 humanitarian and development partners throughout 2019.
Since the outbreak of conflict in 2013, South Sudan has been challenged by a continuing humanitarian crises. Just over these past five years, more than 4 million people have fled their homes in search of safety. Almost 2 million are displaced internally.
Nonetheless, the Revitalized Agreement for the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS), signed last September, provides hope for peace and cautious optimism. Areas of stability and return are emerging, indicating there may soon be a broader return of displaced communities.
Yet years of violence continue to impact more than 7 million people, who urgently need humanitarian assistance and protection. Though the intensity of the conflict has decreased since the signing of the peace agreement, the country still faces the devastating humanitarian and financial costs of the protracted crisis: sustained poverty, intermittent famine, persistent protection concerns, a lack of livelihood opportunities and access to many basic services.
IOM champions an integrated, multi-sector approach where migration management and recovery and stabilization efforts complement humanitarian interventions in health, mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS). Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects, camp coordination and camp management (CCCM), shelter and non-food items (S-NFI), and logistics to build community resilience and reduce dependency on humanitarian aid also require strenuous efforts to succeed.
This work is underpinned by IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), which has established itself as the key tool providing updated information on the numbers, locations and priority needs of internally displaced people and returnees. This, combined with analyses of the migration dynamics in the country and biometric data management, helps support evidence-based decisions and accountable delivery of assistance. The IOM appeal includes responses beyond IOM’s lifesaving interventions included in the South Sudan 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan.
OM began operations in southern Sudan in early 2005 and established the IOM South Sudan mission after the country’s independence in July 2011. Since the outbreak of the conflict in December 2013, IOM has provided support to thousands of host communities, returnees, and internally displaced people, including those seeking protection at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Protection of Civilians sites (PoCs).
IOM has established offices in Juba, Wau, Bentiu, Malakal, Bor, Rumbek and the Abyei Administrative Area, as well as satellite responses in areas such as Magwi, Mayom, Kapoeta, Twic and Yei. With over 2,350 staff operating in seven static locations and multiple satellite locations, IOM has one of the largest UN operational footprints in South Sudan.