On February 24, 2022, the Russian Federation launched a military offensive in Ukraine, leading to a rapid deterioration of the security situation. The escalation of armed violence in eight regions is having a severe humanitarian impact. According to UNHCR, as of August 26th, 2022, there are 6.65 million internally displaced persons fleeing the conflict with an additional 17.7 million people who are expected to be in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. On the other hand, Ukraine currently ranks fifth in the world for civilian casualties related to landmines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) while ranking in the top three for anti-vehicle landmine accidents, with over 10,000 landmines observed. Resulting in approximately 14.6 million people to be in need of humanitarian mine action assistance.
iMMAP initially had a presence in Ukraine starting from September 2015, through the SBP programme. The main goal of the project was to strengthen the IM processes and build the national capacity in order to support the Food Security Cluster with the enhancement of coordination mechanisms. During the period of the deployment, iMMAP was heavily engaged in supporting the assessment cycle of UN agencies including FAO and WFP. In addition, from November 2020 iMMAP deployed two information management officers (IMOs) to support the main national and international stakeholders conducting humanitarian mine action activities in Ukraine managed by the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD).
Since the start of the crisis in 2022, through the global surge mechanisms, including the SBP programme funded by USAID Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), iMMAP deployed 15 personnel to UN agencies and partner organizations. The purpose of these deployments is to provide critical support to humanitarian clusters to streamline information management (IM) leading to faster delivery of humanitarian aid where and when necessary. During this period, iMMAP deployees have been working alongside humanitarian stakeholders, enabling them to reach beneficiaries affected by the conflict, ensuring that no one is left behind.
In parallel to the surge deployments, iMMAP established the cluster support project to enhance the assessment cycle, critical analysis and capacity strengthening to enable them to work independently to provide data-driven humanitarian response activities.
So far, iMMAP has been identified as a reliable partner for those crucial clusters to streamline IM materials utilized for decision-making and mobilize national resources to strengthen coordination on national and sub-national levels. The project targets a wide range of humanitarian stakeholders to holistically enhance the IM processes leading to a more impactful overall response.