On 29 and 30 October 2019, Mercy Hands participated in the annual IOM-NGO Humanitarian Consultation, with a regional focus, in Istanbul, Turkey.
The overarching theme of this year’s Consultation was IOM-NGO partnerships to gain and maintain humanitarian access in MENA region. The discussions delved into good practice in leveraging our respective strengths to improve humanitarian coverage in volatile and insecure environments and reach those most in need. The Consultation focused on issues including risk sharing, working with local actors, and participation of affected populations.
Mercy Hands was represented by Ms. Michela Maccabruni, the Regional Coordinator in Europe. Ms. Maccabruni shared Mercy Hands perspective based on Mercy Hands' experience working on IDPs and Refugees in Iraq and Northeast Syria.