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28 February 2018

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UN Migration Agency Publishes Pilot Portfolio in International Aid Transparency Initiative Registry

Geneva  – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, published for the first time today (28/02) a portfolio of financial and project information in the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Registry. IOM joined the IATI in March 2017, and has achieved its commitment to begin publishing information in the IATI standardized format within a year of joining the Initiative.

IATI is a voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiative working to improve the transparency of aid, development, and humanitarian resources to increase their effectiveness in tackling poverty. It brings together donor and recipient countries, civil society organizations, and other experts who work to increase the transparency and openness of aid.

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IOM has assisted the return of more than 8,500 Indonesian victims of trafficking since 2005. IOM

A Step Towards the Light: Ending Human Trafficking

(IPS) – Created by IOM, the UN Migration Agency and Polaris, the Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative (CTDC) is the world’s first human trafficking data portal. It collects data from various counter-trafficking organizations around the world in order to help stakeholders identify and respond to trends.

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Abdalwahab: "No one chooses to leave their country, but circumstance sometimes makes its own rules."

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Migration in the News

  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that aid agencies are reinforcing shelters, moving latrines and providing search and rescue training in the world's biggest refugee settlement in Bangladesh before monsoon rains strike in April, bringing deadly landslides and floods.
  • Xinhua, UN News and Radio Canada International reported that with the wet season approaching in Bangladesh, UN relief agencies are preparing to strengthen vital infrastructure and boost resilience among Rohingya refugees living in shelters as well as local communities hosting them.
  • Arab News reported that during the first International Humanitarian Forum, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) signed two agreements with IOM worth $2.3 million to help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and $1.1 million to help Syrian refugees in Greece.
  • The New York Times reported from Gujrat, Pakistan where some of the 90 migrants who drowned earlier this month when a smuggler’s boat carrying them from Libya to Italy capsized, came from.
  • OZY reported on the challenges Zambia faces in taking in thousands of Congolese refugees.
  • Xinhua reported that African countries should harness market-based initiatives supported by the local private sector to bridge a yawning water and sanitation access gap in the continent.
  • Sudan’s Radio Dabanga reported that African intelligence agencies have announced a cooperation plan with the African Union and the UN to curb illegal immigration.
  • ONU Italia reported that representatives of Catholic specialized agencies from every region of the world will meet next week in Rome to debate how best to serve migrants and refugees today and in the coming years.

Trending on the Internet

  • Rolling Stone reported that extreme weather due to climate change displaced more than a million people from their homes across the US,  last year.
  • Euronews’ Living It featured the story of a former homeless migrant, Lebanese chef Alan Geaam, who lived on the streets of Paris and who today works in his own Michelin starred restaurant.


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