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International Organization for Migration rolls out Camp Coordination Camp Management training in Pakistan

Islamabad: IOM is providing a series of training sessions and workshops on camp coordination and camp management (CCCM) in Pakistan, in collaboration with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The training aims to improve humanitarian and government service provision in camps and temporary settlements across Pakistan, and to build local capacity to deliver camp management training.

A two-day consultative workshop training was held in Karachi with government authorities involved in disaster response including representatives from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh and District Coordination Offices in flood-affected Mirpur Khas, Tando Allah Yar and Shaheed Benazirabad.

“Unfortunately, displacements due to natural and manmade disasters are an ongoing problem in Pakistan, and the country needs a cadre of government and non-government staff equipped to deal with situations as they arise”, explains Christopher Laughlin, an IOM trainer specializing in CCCM.

After a refresher session on the core elements of managing displacements in temporary settlements, government participants will devise a strategy and work plan to build local capacity for CCCM across Pakistan.

Parallel to the strategy development process, trainings are underway to develop a pool of master CCCM trainers. Two trainings have been held this year, equipping 42 government and humanitarian aid workers to provide CCCM training to those directly involved in managing or coordinating temporary settlements across Pakistan.

Latest figures from the IOM-led Shelter Cluster’s Temporary Settlement Support Unit (TSSU) assessed 2,572 temporary settlements with 454,600 residents in Sindh, the province most affected by 2011 flooding. 59% of settlements are categorized as ‘spontaneous’, such as those along roadsides and 75% lack any camp management structure. 72% of residents indicated that they expect to remain in the camp for more than one month; 33% for more than 3 months.

The Multi-Sectoral Needs Assessment recently conducted by the Government of Pakistan and humanitarian community estimates that up to 743,000 people remain displaced in Sindh and Balochistan provinces.

For more information, contact:
Saleem Rehmat
National Programme Officer/Public Information Officer
International Organization for Migration
IOM-Islamabad (Pakistan)
Tel: +92 51 / 2831061-5 / 2831040-3 / Ext:301
Fax: (92 51 / 2822968

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