International Organization on Migration (IOM)

Membership Tier: Steering Committee (Co-Chair)

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. With 165 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people. The IOM Constitution recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement.

IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management:

  • Migration and development
  • Facilitating migration
  • Regulating migration
  • Forced migration.

IOM activities that cut across these areas include the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of migrants' rights, migration health and the gender dimension of migration.

Why IOM Joined the SAFE Humanitarian Working Group

From 2016-2018, IOM will be leading an umbrella Global Water Initiative that aims to make partners in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) sector more aware and better equipped when it comes to making smart energy choices for their programmes, especially those related to powering water pumping and distribution schemes. IOM is coordinating this Initiative with a number of international NGOs, UN agencies, and donors to ensure that WASH actors are aware of current technologies (such as solar PV technology), tools, best practices, and lessons learned. As a result, they will be better equipped to make informed energy decisions for their WASH programmes.

IOM joined the SAFE Humanitarian Working Group in order to extend the impact of the Global Water Initiative as widely as possible.  The Working Group is the ideal platform to connect with other actors interested in humanitarian energy issues in general, and powering issues in particular. IOM believes that becoming a member of the SAFE Humanitarian Working Group presents an excellent opportunity to connect with peer organizations, exchange information, and learn from each other’s experiences and projects related to energy and powering issues worldwide. In addition to the Global Water Initiative, IOM is increasingly carrying out activities related to energy use in a number of missions around the world, especially in the field of lighting. From this perspective, IOM is interested to learn, exchange information and build upon the experiences of other actors in order to adopt best practices and guidelines that have already identified.


Alberto Llario |


Mohammed Abdiker |