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Technical Assistance to the Government of Nepal to Enhance Positive Impact of Labour Migration

Through the project, IOM supported the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) with capacity building for government officials,  services to labour migrants, development of country specific fliers and flip charts on safe migration channels, including the establishment of a Migrant Resource Center in Kathmandu which provides correct and reliable information on overseas migration and destination countries to potential labour migrants, study on “Analysis of Policies on Foreign Labour Migration and their Implementation”, study on “Foreign Employment, Remittance and its Contribution to Economy of Nepal” and formation of a 5 year strategic perspective plan of the Foreign Employment Promotion Board (FEPB). The project was launched in September 2009 and was concluded in April 2011.

Fairness and Efficiency in Reparations

Between May 2010 and February 2012, IOM Nepal, in partnership with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and with support from the global UN Peacebuilding Fund through the UN Peace Fund for Nepal (UNPFN) implemented the project “Fairness and Efficiency in Reparations to Conflict Affected Persons in Nepal". The project aimed to strengthen and consolidate the peace process through efficient and transparent delivery of reparations to conflict affected victims. Key outcomes of the project were the development of a comprehensive reparations policy and administrative tools, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines, which were presented for consideration to the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR), victims group and other relevant stakeholders. The MoPR, twelve selected District Administration Offices and conflict victims were the primary beneficiaries of this project. Effective and transparent organizational structures and implementation procedures were designed to implement a future reparations programme. These endeavours included mapping of existing interim relief mechanisms, designing an outreach strategy and implementation plan, designing a strategy for the collection and registration of victims and beneficiaries’ data, process-flows and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the processing of victims’ reparation claims.

IOM also extended technical assistance to the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction(MoPR) in the implementation of the World Bank-funded Employment Self Employment Program (ESES) for conflict affected persons. Areas of support included the development and implementation of an outreach strategy and production and dissemination of promotional materials, development of a grievance mechanism, trainings and administrative support and design of an NGO coordination mechanism.

Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM)

IOM assumes the role of the CCCM cluster co-lead in Nepal with Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) taking the lead. In August, 2008, following the Koshi flood in the eastern region of Nepal, the CCCM cluster was activated to provide emergency relief assistance and protection to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the affected areas.  IOM Nepal was responsible for a range of activities such as site planning, information management, general coordination, and procurement, distribution of non-food items (NFI), formation of Camp Management Committees, and Disaster Preparedness trainings. An Emergency Operation Center was constructed and handed over to the Local Development Office in Sunsari district with necessary furnishing and equipment to carry out regular coordination during emergencies.

Realizing the importance of preparedness for a potential high magnitude earthquake in Kathmandu, IOM commissioned a study on “Identification of Open Spaces for Humanitarian Purpose in Kathmandu Valley” which could be used as camp sites for internally displaced persons (IDPs). The IOM identified 83 potential sites in and around Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts where camps adhering to sub-Sphere standard conditions, given the limited open spaces in the valley to accommodate estimated 1.8 million IDPs, could be constructed in an event of a major earthquake (9 Richter scale).The Council of Ministers, Government of Nepal has approved the use open spaces for humanitarian purposes and following which a gazette notification was published for the protection of these sites from further encroachment. A report on the allocation of open spaces along with GIS information, brief information and detail topographical base map of each site has been submitted to the MoHA for the approval and uploaded in the website aforementioned. Similarly, IOM facilitated a group on Humanitarian assistance/camp management at the civilian disaster response exercise organized by the US Embassy in August, 2011. A work plan on humanitarian assistance/ camp management was prepared out of the workshop.

IOM also extended assistance to develop Earthquake Emergency Response Plan (EERP) for 4 municipalities of the Kathmandu Valley, an earthquake emergency simulation plan and an action plan for disaster management of Dolakha district as part of the Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Programme supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Research on Post Trafficking Livelihood Options

IOM, in Partnership with Newcastle University UK and Shakti Samuha Nepal, undertook a research (2010-2012) project entitled "Livelihood Options in Post Trafficking Situations in Nepal" funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK.

In Nepal anti-trafficking advocacy is highly visible and this context, together with the Constitution-building process, is opening up fresh debates on citizenship, trafficking, migration, gender, sexuality and people-cantered development. A key aspect of this research is to gain knowledge that is grounded in the actual experiences of Nepalese trafficked returnee women themselves. In these contexts the project aims to:
  • Investigate the desirable livelihood opportunities of sexually trafficked women upon their return.
  • Examine the intersections of sexuality, gender and citizenship in returnees' livelihood strategies as new democratic processes, supported by national and transnational communities, are unfolding.
  • Benefit a range of scholars, policy makers and anti-trafficking campaigners will benefit from the research. The project will enhance the activities of regional and national anti-trafficking NGOs by providing comprehensive qualitative data on the returnee women's livelihood strategies. For more information go to

Border Control and Migration Management Assessment in Nepal

In collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs, IOM undertook an assessment of Nepalese migration management practices and border control and information management systems. A six-member team comprising key GoN officials, IOM experts and an external consultant undertook an intensive ground border assessment in May, 2011. 113 recommendations emerged for improved border control, migration and information management systems, including the capacity to manage regular and irregular movement of people. The needs assessment report was submitted to the Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs in a formal ceremony on 22nd Dec 2011. 21 officials from the GoN involved in border control were trained on basics of border control and migration management during December 2011.

Labour Migration

IOM strives to protect migrant workers and to optimize the benefits of labour migration for both the country of origin and destination as well as for the migrants themselves. In Nepal, the outflow of migrants in the past decade has been momentous in transforming the country’s economic, social and cultural fabric. At the same time, evidences show that many Nepali migrant workers face challenges such as deceptive, non-transparent recruitment practices and excessive fees which could lead to debt bondage, discrimination, detention and trafficking. IOM works with the government to address these challenges and to promote safe and regular migration ensuring human rights of migrants irrespective of their legal status throughout the migration cycle.

IOM Nepal Earthquake Response 2015


IOM Nepal Earthquake Response 2015:

As a result of the devastating earthquakes that affected Nepal in April and May 2015, IOM and as one of the world's key humanitarian responders, IOM quickly reacted by deploying a rapid response team of experts in order to support the earthquake affected populations with Shelter, Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), Health and Psychosocial Support, Protection and Early Recovery activities. Furthermore, IOM launched the Relief, Recovery and Reconstruction (RRR) Programme to efficiently and timely respond to the pressing needs in the aftermath of the earthquakes.
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