Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras debut their IOMX communication for development campaigns in August

Date Publish: 
08/08/2019

In August 2019, Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras will present their campaigns “Migrar informados” (“Migrating informed”), “Ponele plan a tu vida” (“Plan your life”), and “Echale ganas” (“Go for it”) which have been created through participatory communication for development processes.  These campaigns were developed based on the results of over 1,500 interviews, coordination spaces with over 70 local partners, and participatory validation by the target audience. 

“These are not only communication campaigns, they are the result of a valuable participative, community, and capacity-building process. The focus has always been on understanding the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of the target audience in order to promote real social change, through a set of creative, digital tools that are also community-focused and personalized,” stated Tatiana Chacón Salazar, Communication for Development Specialist for IOM. 

In Mexico, the results showed that 97% of migrants in transit would make a great effort to obtain the documents to regularize their residence in the country, but 59% do not know which documents they need. Additionally, 49% of people mentioned not knowing where to look for information about migrating regularly. 

In response to these needs, the campaign “Migrar Informados” in Mexico aims to raise awareness among Central American migrants in transit about means of migration regularization in Mexico and its benefits. The campaign will debut with a series of videos called “Las verdades de un impostor” (“Signs of an impostor”) with participation from actor Guillermo Esquivias. 

In Guatemala, the initial research showed that a large proportion of people would make an effort to obtain documents to migrate regularly, and that over 60% would visit an information center.  Additionally, although the majority was not aware of opportunities for development, education, employment, and entrepreneurship in their communities, over 59% of people would be willing to get involved in these opportunities as an alternative to irregular migration.  

The goal of the campaigns “Ponele plan a tu vida” in Honduras and “Echale ganas” in Guatemala is for young people to reflect on their life plans, and consider alternatives to irregular migration, such as regular migration and local development opportunities.  

 As part of “Ponele plan a tu vida,” a videoclip called “Derribando muros” (“Breaking down walls”) will be released, featuring a rap based on true stories of young people from Cofradía, San Pedro Sula. The videoclip will include the participation of the young singers Mayki Graff and Zetha Urban.   

For its part, in Guatemala, “Echale ganas” will present various videos. The main feature will be “Mi Camino” (“My Journey”), which shows short stories about young people who are overcoming obstacles to build their futures. All participants in the videos are young people who are already part of the local opportunities that are being highlighted in the campaign.  

These campaigns are being supported at the local level by a network of information points, which are different organizations and institutions trained by IOM and government counterparts. They will be able to provide personalized information about regular migration and/or local development opportunities.  

Information about these campaigns is available at https://migrantinfo.iom.int/es [Spanish only], and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as @enlacolmena.  

For more information, contact Tatiana Chacón, Communication for Development Specialist of the Regional Migration Program: Mesoamerica - The Caribbean: tchacon@iom.int 

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c4d, iomx, comunicación, campañas, prevención, información, desarrollo

IOM Offers Real-Time Information for People Displaced by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas

Date Publish: 
20 / 09 / 2019

Nassau – Almost three weeks after Hurricane Dorian decimated Abaco and Grand Bahamas islands, almost 2,000 persons evacuated from these islands remain in shelters in New Providence, a few kilometres west of Nassau. Many more are temporarily accommodated with family and friends. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is exploring with the government of The Bahamas the implementation of a cloud-based system which can be used to facilitate shelter management and family reunification.

“After a disaster like Hurricane Dorian, reliable information is one of the most critical components of response and recovery efforts.  Sadly, as the pressure builds to address humanitarian needs, it is often overlooked,” said Jan-Willem Wegdam, IOM team leader in The Bahamas. “To ensure that IOM implements efficient and relevant programmes, the emergency response team has engaged in several dialogues with government officials, local NGOs and other international humanitarian partners to exchange ideas and finalise project concepts.”

On Wednesday, 18 September, IOM staff in Nassau met with representatives of the Department of Social Services – the institution in charge of managing government-run shelters. During the meeting, the Government officials outlined their current information management practices and shared the needs of the institution in that regard.  Thereafter, IOM presented methodologies and products to support the ministry with managing information on evacuees and other displaced individuals and their needs. 

One such product was the Integrated Shelter Registration System (SIRA) – an electronic system used to connect Government approved collective centres under a single cloud-based system which can be used to facilitate shelter management.  If implemented, the system would allow the department to generate real-time report on the status and needs of the population living in collective centres.

“Capturing that type of data is important because the population in the collective centres is changing constantly,” IOM Information Management and Research Officer, David Morales, said. “So updated information is fundamental to support the humanitarian response of all the partners."  Following the meeting, IOM has shared a detailed proposal for a comprehensive data collection strategy to be implemented over the next few months in support of recovery and rehabilitation efforts.

Considering how the exchange of information between humanitarian partners, officials, emergency managers and those impacted by Hurricane Dorian, is so vital, IOM on Thursday (19 September), met with the Ministry of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration.  The dialogue was considered as an opportunity to start what will hopefully be a long-lasting conversation between the Government and IOM, as well as the rest of the humanitarian community, on challenges and options to address the needs of affected persons of Haitian descent, in both regular and irregular status.

“Challenges and issues related to migration status and cultural diversity have already come up as part of people’s access to all forms of assistance in the aftermath of the hurricane” said Lorenzo Guadagno, manager of IOM’s MICIC (Migrants in Countries in Crisis) capacity building activities, “anticipating and addressing them will be essential to successful response and recovery for the migrants as well as for the whole community.”

For more information please contact Vynliz Dailey in the Bahamas, Email: vdailey@iom.int, Tel +1 (767) 615-6681.