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NFI Kits, And Then What?

April, 22, 2016. Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq- An interesting finding from the field in Erbil, Iraq: non-food items (NFIs) are not an adapted response tool for refugees and IDPs after several months and years of displacement. While NFI kits are essential in the first stage of displacement, especially when refugees or IDPs arrive in a new camp/town, a few other types of assistance/solutions seem more suitable after months and years of displacement: cash, livelihood assistance and employment.

Hajer Naili
Hajer Naili is a Journalist and the Communications and Social Media Coordinator at IOM Washington, D.C. She previously worked as a web-reporter/photojournalist for the New-York based publication Women's eNews and was a freelancer for Al Jazeera Plus.
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In The Horn of Africa, Irregular Migration Means Dashed Hopes


In the district of Meiso Woreda, about four hours south-east of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, it hasn’t rained in two years and nomadic pastoralists have lost nearly all the animals they rely on to live.  In order to survive, they are obliged to group around fixed settlements far from their usual pastures to access a water hole and food distribution. 

Robert Paiva
Robert Paiva recently retired from IOM after nearly 30 years holding senior positions in Geneva, New York and San Jose, Costa Rica. Prior to that, he was a US diplomat in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. His entire career was devoted to migration and refugee issues.


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