Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search of practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, be they refuges, displaced persons or other uprooted people. IOM works in four areas of migration management: migration and development, facilitating migration, regulating migration, and addressing forced migration. With offices in over 470 locations, IOM works closely with governments and partners in ensuring to uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants, assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management, advanced understanding of migration issues, and encourage social and economic development through migration. The structure of the organization is highly decentralized, with country offices managing and implementing projects at the request of member states. As of 2013, the organization has 151 member states and 12 states hold observer status. Namibia has been a member state since 2009, and IOM established an in-country presence in Namibia since 2011.
What we do
IOM established an in-country presence in Namibia in 2011, following the flood disaster and subsequent displacement where IOM’s support as the global cluster lead agency for Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) was needed. Based on the principle of partnership, IOM and the Government of the Republic of Namibia have worked in close collaboration in the field of migration, including but not limited to promoting migration dialogue in Southern Africa, capacity building activities for enhanced migration management, strengthened response to disasters and displacement, increased understanding of migration health dynamics in the country, and assistance to refugees residing in Namibia. The capacity building model developed for camp coordination and camp management capacity building program (2011) in Namibia has gained ground globally, and many countries are embarking on similar processes. Migration health’s initial approach is primarily linked to research as well as capacity building – focusing on spaces of vulnerability, including informal settlements as hubs for rural-urban migration. In close coordination with United Nations High Commission (UNHCR), IOM continues to provide resettlement services to refugees residing in Namibia. This includes pre-departure medicals, cultural orientation, and travel assistance for refugees accepted for third country resettlement.
To build on the expertise of Government of Republic of Namibia (GRN) and its partners to strengthen national capacity in the area of migration, aligned to national development priorities and goals.
To be GRN’s core partner on migration related issues by providing innovative capacity building and technical assistance for national system strengthening.
Ms. Rafaëlle ROBELIN took up duties as the Head of Office for the International Organization for Migration to Namibia in April 2015. She is responsible for the overall management of country office and activities, including Disaster Risk management and capacity-building activities, Migration Management, Migrants assistance, Migration Policy, Research and Advocacy, Migration and Health, and Migration for Development in Namibia. Prior to this assignment, she was deployed in Malawi with IOM as a Camp management and Camp (CCCM) Coordinator and Technical Advisor to support the flood response. She worked previously with the CCCM/Shelter Cluster, IOM Haiti, as a Preparedness and Response officer and later as CCCM/Shelter Cluster Coordinator. In this capacity, she focused on issues such as humanitarian coordination, durable solutions for internally displaced populations in post-earthquake Haiti, resilience and emergency management. Before IOM, Ms. Robelin supported various international NGOs in France, in the field of human rights. She is a French national and holds two Master degrees in Ethical/Political Philosophy and in International Cooperation, from the Sorbonne, in Paris.