Our Early Recovery programmes address needs that arise during the emergency phase of a crisis, integrating development principles into the humanitarian response. That enables people to:

  • Benefit from humanitarian action while seizing development opportunities;
  • Build resilience and develop mechanisms for sustainable recovery from crises at the individual, family, and community levels.

Beyond this initial stage, we work to promote self-sustaining, nationally-owned processes based on a thorough analysis of the context to address root causes of displacement, vulnerabilities and the immediate impact of crises. This is done using IOM’s Progressive Resolution of Displacement Situations framework.

An average of 25.4 million people per year were displaced by disasters triggered by natural hazards between 2008-2015. The impacts of such hazards are increasingly magnified by climate and environmental change, fast-paced urbanization and population growth.

In this context, IOM's activities build on people's resilience and their spontaneous efforts to cope, recover and rebuild their lives including through risk-informed response. Also, we focus on building back better in recovery and reconstruction and strengthening partnerships in global risk reduction efforts.