IOM works closely with governments, migrants, affected populations and other partners to address today's many and complex migration challenges. To carry out these activities, IOM's main financial resources come directly from various donors, including governments, intergovernmental bodies, civil society as well as the private sector.
The Donor Relations Division (DRD) is the institutional focal point for donor liaison, and aims to strengthen and diversify, IOM’s funding from traditional, emerging and private sector donors. Among other activities, it organizes yearly field visits to bring donor counterparts to the field to see IOM’s operations, coordinates high-level whole-of-government bilateral consultations with government donors, maintains – in collaboration with the Department of Operations and Emergencies – IOM’s Global Crisis Response Platform, serves as Secretariat for the Migration Resource Allocation Committee (MIRAC) which allocates unearmarked funding, provides ad-hoc support to IOM missions on resource mobilization issues, provides oversight on donor reporting, and is the main counterpart for donors in Geneva and several capitals.
The Donor Relations Division hosts a Private Sector Partnerships Unit. The objective of the Private Sector Partnerships Unit is to provide Headquarters, Regional and Country Offices with assistance and expertise relating to initiating, establishing and maintaining partnerships with the private sector. The Private Sector Partnerships Unit is responsible for the development and implementation of IOM’s Private Sector Strategy which seeks to enhance how IOM works with the private sector to support safe, orderly and regular migration. The Private Sector Partnerships Unit establishes and coordinates IOM’s due diligence process, builds staff capacity in private sector partnership-building and oversees the Goodwill Ambassador programme.