Since conflict erupted in South Sudan in December 2013, violence and food insecurity have displaced millions of people—internally and to neighbouring countries—and left millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), already active in South Sudan prior to the crisis, responded quickly to the rapidly expanding humanitarian needs and continues today to implement an integrated, multi‐sector approach to reach displaced and conflict-affected populations across the country.
IOM’s humanitarian programmes operate within the framework of the emergency Cluster Approach to ensure that response activities are co-ordinated and needs-based. IOM also plays an integral role in developing humanitarian responses and strategies as a member of both the UN and Humanitarian Country Teams.
Through the Displacement Tracking Matrix, IOM serves as a key source for data and analysis on displaced populations in South Sudan, providing reliable information to inform humanitarian response planning.
In order to promote the humane and orderly movement of people across borders, IOM’s Migration Management programmes provide support to stranded and vulnerable migrants and work to improve migration management capacity within South Sudan.
In addition to humanitarian assistance activities, IOM implements Transition and Recovery programmes in an effort to address the root causes of instability and conflict in the Abyei Administrative Area.
South Sudan became a member state of IOM in 2011.