Over the last three months, IOM Dominica continued its support to the Government’s COVID-19 response and preparedness initiatives. Through the partnership, IOM has worked to provide health and non-health equipment and materials to different governmental institutions and is facilitating risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) initiatives targeting migrant communities. Moreover, IOM Dominica is collaborating with the Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission and other partners to assess environmental migration in the Eastern Caribbean.
Since 2001, the IOM Development Fund has been a unique source of funding for IOM developing Member States. With projects implemented in more than 120 countries worldwide, the Fund is successfully and simultaneously addressing the needs of eligible Member States and migrants alike by providing essential seed funding to strengthen Member States’ migration governance capacity. By supporting innovative projects, the Fund has aimed to foster the involvement and ownership by all relevant stakeholders, paving the way towards alternative programming, strategic priorities and sustainable actions.
One of the projects funded was the Entrepreneurial Development Programme – a training package of the Dominica Youth Business Trust (DYBT).
Despite the challenges imposed due to COVID-19, the mission was able to push forward with its objective of providing support to the Government and people of Dominica. If nothing else, it encouraged us to be more creative in the way we work and engage with communities. As the number of cases rose on island, so did the concern for health and safety among team members.
In the first three months of 2020, IOM Dominica was committed to supporting the Government and people of Dominica in the prevention and response to COVID-19 and worked closely on migration and related issues.
In 2019, IOM Dominica continued its work with the Government and project partners to implement projects geared toward addressing some of the issues of migration in Dominica and the wider region. This newsletter details the achievements of IOM Dominica in key projects from October to December 2019.
Immediately after Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas between 1-2 September 2019, staff from the IOM Dominica Office joined the United Nations Emergency Response Team set up to assist the Government of Bahamas with relief and recovery.