Joint field visit was organized to assess the needs of conflict-affected communities in Eastern Ukraine

On November 21 – 22, Ukraine NGO Forum, The International Organization for Migration (IOM) – the UN Migration Agency, and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) arranged a joint field visit to conflict-affected communities in Eastern Ukraine. The Ambassadors of Norway and Denmark, Deputy Heads of Mission of the Embassies of Sweden and Lithuania, and representatives of the Embassy of Poland joined to assess the needs of conflict-affected people, and monitor the impact of humanitarian and recovery interventions of the respective members of the Humanitarian Country Team.

The delegation visited Kramatorsk, Sloviansk, Sviatohirsk, Bakhmut, Mayorska checkpoint, Toretsk, and Druzhkivka to meet with local activists and NGOs, internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees, and residents of the area along the contact line between the two sides. The delegation had meetings with Ukraine NGO Forum members,  international NGOs operating in Eastern Ukraine: International NGO Safety Organization (INSO), Polish Humanitarian Action, and Premi?re Urgence Internationale. The participants also visited the NGO hub in Kramatorsk, which was established with financial support from the British Embassy in Ukraine. The hub serves as an opportunity platform for more than 200 active NGOs and initiatives in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.