Botswana Disaster Management Officers Trained by IOM to Assist Migrants

Location: Gaborone, Botswana

Gaborone - This workshop, which was the first of its kind in Botswana, was organised and facilitated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM Botswana) in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO). Given the wide array of stakeholders that are involved in disaster preparedness and emergency management in the country, the workshop attracted participation from the National Disaster Management Office, organisations such as SADC Secretariat, UNICEF, UNDP, Botswana Red Cross and IOM. Invitation was also extended to other government Ministries such as Health and Wellness, Defence, Justice and Security, International Affairs and Cooperation, and Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs among others.

In his opening remarks, the Chief Programmes Officer on behalf of the Director from the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), Mr Nkosiyabo Moyo, highlighted that as the coordinators of the disaster planning and response in the country, NDMO prioritizes saving lives, regardless of whether one is a national or a non-national, in line with basic universal human rights principles. However, many are the challenges encuntered in providing such assistance during crises 

Participants discussed the importance of migrants' inclusion in emergency management and became familiar with a number of tools that can be used to facilitate this active engagement.

Concrete action were suggested for enhancing the capacity of the country to assist migrants when disasters hit. This include the need to organize multi-sectoral meetings among relevant government ministries and departments, IOM and other non-state actors to develop a humanitarian framework that is migrant-inclusive and addresses coordination gaps.