“This is the way to go. The process is easy and transparent”, said UNICEF Head of Office in Iraq, Abdijabar Hassan Dini, upon witnessing how World Vision’s Last Mile Mobile Solutions (LMMS) was used at a recent distribution activity that was also attended by Duhok Governorate Vice Governor Ismael M. Ahmed, Italian Consul for Iraq Carmelo Ficarra and other officials. In addition, the event was covered by at least 4 national TV stations and media houses.
The distribution in Bajid Kandala Camp for 2,217 households, mostly composed of families who fled from the fighting in Mosul has been highly praised by the officials for being organized and efficient. “The technology made the work faster. The previously eight hours of relief distribution has been shortened to 2-3 hours”, said Dede Monfiston, World Vision’s LMMS Manager.
World Vision has developed LMMS as a stand-alone digital system that includes improving and digitizing beneficiary registration, verification, distribution planning and management, monitoring and reporting. The technology can also help enhance remote data collection, manage aid recipients, speed-up distributions and allow rapid reporting to aid workers, enabling them to make sound decisions.
Starting the use of technology with the Food Vouchers Program with the World Food Program (WFP), the LMMS team now works with the Government of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq through the Duhok Governorate’s Board of Relief and Humanitarian Affairs (BHRA) and other international organizations. In collaboration with BHRA, the registration of hundreds of thousands of the internally-displaced persons (IDPs) in all 16 camps across the Duhok Governorate was launched and near completion.
The LMMS system will now be used across all 16 camps (sometimes simultaneously), by multiple humanitarian agencies in close coordination with BRHA to distribute and track material entitlements to beneficiaries, with the UNICEF distribution being the first. “This is one of the few examples globally where a technology tool has been used by aid agencies for increased coordination brought about through the sharing of equipment, data and human resources”, said Monfiston.
BHRA positively endorsed the use of LMMS in all the registration and distribution processes across the governorate and encouraged all aid agencies to follow the lead. “Now it is time to use the LMMS experience which will allow us to deliver humanitarian aid in a coordinated manner strengthening efficiency, effectiveness and accountability”, said in a statement issued to all the agencies by Ismael Ahmed, Assistant Governor for IDPs and Refugees Affairs and Chairman of BRHA.
At present, a total of 200,000 people (or 34,000 households) were registered in 16 IDP camps and more agencies are coordinating to be trained and make use of the technology. “The deployment of LMMS in all IDP camps in Duhok is a big step forward and I am positive this ‘shared services’ model in Iraq will pave the way for better aid delivery in many humanitarian emergencies”, Monfiston added.
By Cecil Laguardia, Communications Coordinator World Vision, Kurdistan Region of Iraq.