Zimbabwe: Swedish Funding Boosts Humanitarian Programme for Displaced and Vulnerable Populations

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Programmes providing much-needed humanitarian assistance to mobile and vulnerable populations (MVPs) and returned migrants in Zimbabwe have received new funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

IOM Press Briefing Notes

The USD 1,5 million funding will support IOM’s ongoing migrant protection services, including rights counselling, provision of basic health services, and HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Gender based violence awareness programmes.

Community stabilization efforts such as early recovery and livelihood activities for mobile and vulnerable populations will also benefit from the funding as will safe migration and humanitarian assistance provided through IOM’s Reception and Support Centres in Beitbridge and Plumtree.

“We welcome this funding, which is critically important for Zimbabwe in supporting displaced and vulnerable migrant populations in need of immediate humanitarian assistance”, said IOM Zimbabwe Chief of Mission Marcelo Pisani.

Programme activities are implemented in coordination with the National Government of Zimbabwe, local authorities and humanitarian partners.

Since 2000, Zimbabwe has experienced increasing levels of internal and external migration- including the large scale exodus of Zimbabwean professionals to countries in the region and abroad – as a result of the changing socio-economic situation.

Source: International Office of Migration (IOM)

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