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Accra, Ghana – From 25 to 27 November 2019, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) facilitated the visit of a delegation from the Government of the Republic of Seychelles to exchange good practices on diaspora...

Photo: Key stakeholders came together to commemorate 16 Days of Activism against GBV with focus  on safe migration.

Harare - Commemorating the 16 days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, IOM Zimbabwe...

Mbabane, Eswatini – The United Nation (UN)  Migration Agency in Mbabane in collaboration with the Government of the Kingdom of ESwatini, through the Prime Minister’s Office officially launched a twenty-four...

Kinshasa – Millions of young people in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) live in precarious situations, often forced to leave the country because of the lack of stable jobs. 

Brunelle Maluka was one of...

13 November 2019 – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) held a handover ceremony at Moshoeshoe I International Airport that marked some of the key milestones of the project related to border management and counter trafficking...

In early September 2019, internally displaced persons living in the Kababi Bukoro IDP site since 2012, expressed their desire to leave the camp in order to resume a working life. Some wished to return to their home communities, while others...

Delegation of Government of Seychelles exchanges with Government of Ghana on Diaspora Engagement and bilateral Labour Mobility Cooperation

Accra, Ghana – From 25 to 27 November 2019, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) facilitated the visit of a delegation from the Government of the Republic of Seychelles to exchange good practices on diaspora engagement, remittances and labour migration with representatives from the Government of Ghana and other stakeholders.  Read more

Delegation of Government of Seychelles exchanges with Government of Ghana on Diaspora Engagement and bilateral Labour Mobility Cooperation

29 November 2019

Accra, Ghana – From 25 to 27 November 2019, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) facilitated the visit of a delegation from the Government of the Republic of Seychelles to exchange good practices on diaspora engagement, remittances and labour migration with representatives from the Government of Ghana and other stakeholders.  

Gender Based Violence and vulnerability of migrant women and girls in the migration process

29 November 2019

Photo: Key stakeholders came together to commemorate 16 Days of Activism against GBV with focus  on safe migration.

Harare - Commemorating the 16 days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, IOM Zimbabwe called on the Government of Zimbabwe to commit resources to the promotion of safe migration and prevention of Gender Based Violence.

Gendered power relations are exacerbated during migration which leaves women and girls even more susceptible to all forms of abuse during the migration process.

The Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini and IOM, officially launched a Twenty-Four months initiative to combat Trafficking in Persons in Eswatini

28 November 2019

Mbabane, Eswatini – The United Nation (UN)  Migration Agency in Mbabane in collaboration with the Government of the Kingdom of ESwatini, through the Prime Minister’s Office officially launched a twenty-four months project titled “Strengthening coordination mechanisms to respond to Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and ensure justice and protection for all Victims of Trafficking (VoT) in Eswatini” on 21 November 2019 with support from the International Organization for Migration Development Fund (IDF).

01 October 2019

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), Save the Children Netherlands (SC) and Witwatersrand School of Public Health (WSPH) — the SRHR-HIV Knows No Borders Consortium — are collaborating to implement a holistic, regional project to improve sexual and reproductive health and HIV  related outcomes amongst migrants (including migrant adolescents, young people and sex workers) as well as non-migrant adolescents, young people and sex workers and others living in migration-affected communities in six countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, including Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia. 

This compendium of stories of change and best practices is made possible by the generous support from the Government of the Netherlands. The contents of the compendium are the sole responsibility of the Consortium and do not necessarily reflect the views of the funder. 

The ‘SRHR-HIV Knows No Borders’ Project has been designed as a holistic, regional approach to improve sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV-related outcomes amongst migrants (including migrant adolescents, young people and sex workers), as well as non-migrant adolescents, young people, sex workers and others living in migration-affected communities. It is being implemented in selected high-volume migration-affected communities, including border communities, in all six countries. 

This report aims to capture stories of change and best practices emerging from the project and represent a diverse selection of experiences, in terms of geographic representation, targeted beneficiaries, level of intervention and project intended outcomes. Taken together, they demonstrate a human rights-based project that is taking both an upstream and downstream approach, engaging widely with key stakeholders at local, national and regional levels and effectively utilising an intersectoral approach to create an enabling environment for target populations to access SRHR-HIV and related services. 

KEY FINDINGS 

Key findings from this documentation process include: 

• Change Agents are providing a much-needed source of accurate health information, advice and social support for internal and cross-border migrants, who may lack such social support due to their mobility. They are also reaching vulnerable and key populations who may easily be missed by other lay health worker interventions. 

• Change Agents’ availability to accompany clients to health facilities, or to be present at these facilities on pre-arranged days, provides support for individuals who may be uncomfortable or afraid to present alone, while the good relationships between Change Agents and health care workers at local facilities have been central to improving access to treatment and services for project beneficiaries. 

• The use of duplicate referral boxes placed within clinics has allowed for Change Agents to track referral completion rates and conduct follow up visits with clients who have been referred but have not presented. 

• The sensitisation work undertaken by the project for both health providers and non-health-provider stakeholders (such as health care workers, police, and immigration officials) is contributing to the creation of an enabling environment for migrants, sex workers and adolescents and young people to access SRHR-HIV-related care and services. 

• Empowering migrants, sex workers and adolescents and young people (including Change Agents) with accurate SRHR-HIV and migration information, and a better understanding of their human rights, can provide individuals with more agency and decision-making power in their own lives. 

• A combination of project interventions within the communities (e.g. the work of Change Agents and drama groups, Community Dialogues and comprehensive sexuality education) is creating spaces for issues of SRHR-HIV to be more openly discussed in communities. 

• The further integration of menstrual hygiene management into project programming may help reduce girls’ vulnerability to gender discrimination, child marriage, exclusion, violence and poverty. 

• The integration of livelihood components into SRHR-HIV programming for adolescents and youth and for sex workers could be explored for future interventions. 

• The training and sensitisation of local and traditional leaders has been instrumental to the success of the project to date, playing an important role in ensuring the buy-in, ownership and potential sustainability of the project in some sites. 

• The engagement of key stakeholders through regional technical consultations has proven an effective tool in filtering grounded migration and health priorities at local and national levels in project countries into key regional level processes that help shape regional frameworks for future engagement. 

 

For more information please contact: Dr. Francis Bwambale Mulekya, Regional Migration Health Programme Manager - fbmulekya@iom.int

Promoting Youth Employment in Kinshasa

27 November 2019

Kinshasa – Millions of young people in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) live in precarious situations, often forced to leave the country because of the lack of stable jobs. 

Brunelle Maluka was one of 40 recipients of small business funding from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in June after having been selected and trained as part of a project to promote youth employment. 

Brunelle built a brick company, selling her product to construction projects. Her successful business has expanded to hire six laborers. 

Handover Ceremony of items to Strengthen Border Security and Migration Management at Ports of Entries (POEs) in Lesotho

13 November 2019

13 November 2019 – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) held a handover ceremony at Moshoeshoe I International Airport that marked some of the key milestones of the project related to border management and counter trafficking / smuggling. IOM handed over various items – (a) document examination equipment; (b) boom gate (Maputsoe, Caledon Spoots); (c) CCTV (Moshoeshoe I International Airport); and (d) two vehicles for immigration department.

IOM Zimbabwe Supports Government Efforts to Improve Livelihoods Through Financial Literacy

Harare – Remittance payments from Zimbabweans toiling outside their country arrive here at a rate of about USD 2 million per day. That’s more than pocket change for a people who have suffered economic hardship through recent decades. However, besides cash coming home, many of the recipients of these funds need something more: life lessons on how to best leverage that support for their households.    

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World Migration Report 2018

Since 2000, IOM has been producing world migration reports. This World Migration Report 2018, the ninth in the world migration report series, has been produced to contribute to increased understanding of migration throughout the world. It presents key data and information on migration as well as thematic chapters on highly topical migration issues, and is structured to focus on two key contributions for readers. Read more