IOM Tanzania this week organized a workshop on “Women and the Diaspora” as part of a project: “Enhancing the Migration Evidence Base for the Development of Tanzania”.
The two-day workshop took place in Zanzibar on 25th-26th June 2014 and explored a number of topics, including the organization of women in the diaspora; their contributions in the form of knowledge and skills transfer; remittances, current challenges and priorities for women in the diaspora; and how their contributions to development in Tanzania can be maximized.
IOM will conduct a two-day diaspora engagement training for Lesotho government officials and partners from 27th to 28th May 2014 in Maseru, Lesotho. The training will be opened today by Lesotho Minister of Home Affairs Joang Molapo.
The training is aimed at cultivating strong diaspora engagement and management knowledge for participants to ensure smooth implementation of a recently launched project: “Mobilizing Medical Diaspora Resources for Lesotho”.
IOM has welcomed the launch of a newly created Diaspora Affairs Bureau within Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.
This is a landmark achievement on the part of the Government of Ghana, which has formalized the engagement of the Ghanaian diaspora for effective migration management and national development planning.
Representatives of the Togolese Government have completed a three-day study visit to Mali to share information on good practices related to the management of diasporas.
The visit, organized by IOM, was designed to share Mali’s experience in the management of its diaspora and to support Togolese government efforts to develop its migration policy and manage the Togolese Diaspora.
IOM Colombia and Colpatria Bank have embarked on a partnership that aims to improve the quality of life of vulnerable Colombians through education, recreation, sports, art, culture and the environment.
IOM has been working with the private sector in Colombia for the past five years as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy to engage businesses and other entities in projects with vulnerable populations.
IOM will this week screen two IOM-produced documentaries on migration at the Spanish Cultural Center in Managua.
Construyendo Esperanzas: El Reto de la Reintegración (Building Hope: The Challenges of Reintegration) focuses on the hurdles faced by migrants returning to their country of origin. It is based on an IOM initiative that began in 2007 in Chinandega, Nicaragua. The project has now expanded across Central America, assisting returnees and victims of trafficking to reintegrate successfully into their home communities.
Remittances from overseas workers are an economic lifeline in Nepal, last year amounting to around USD 4.75 billion, or 25 per cent of the country’s annual GDP – the highest rate among South Asian countries.
A lack of knowledge about the importance of savings means that much of that money is spent by families on consumer goods, rather than being reinvested into income generating activities. Consequently migrants who have moved abroad at considerable cost end up stuck in a vicious cycle of poverty and re-migration.
IOM Paraguay this week organized two training workshops for the country’s migration and border officials on migration management and detection of false travel documents.
In order to ensure the protection of the rights of Myanmar migrant workers abroad and to maximize the benefits of organized labour migration by enhancing migrant workers’ well-being as well as contribution to the national development, the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security and IOM Mission in Myanmar jointly conducted the training for the officials of those who are going to be assigned as Labour Attaché and those who can potentially take similar roles, as well as the officials of those who are part of the team with different roles and responsibilities in labour migration mana
IOM Cameroon, in partnership with the INTERPOL Regional Office for Central Africa, is organizing a training on human trafficking for police officers on March 18th and 19th in Yaoundé.
Participants will include 16 policemen and women from Congo, Gabon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Chad and Cameroon.
“Human trafficking is a disturbing phenomenon that is increasingly present in Cameroon. Raising awareness of civil servants on this issue has become crucial,” says IOM Cameroon Head of Office Roger-Charles Evina.
IOM will launch the first National Migration Profile for Comoros jointly with the Ministry of External Relations and Cooperation, a project which is funded by the IOM Development Fund (IDF).
A research study conducted by the ACP Observatory on Migration, implemented by IOM and presented this week in Trinidad and Tobago’s capital Port of Spain, analyzes how recent migration flows to and from the Caribbean nation have affected the development of the country and the migrants themselves.
IOM facilitates high level meeting between Haiti and Brazil to discuss increased Haitian migration to the South American country
IOM facilitated a high-level meeting convened in Brasilia between government representatives from Haiti and Brazil, to discuss increased Haitian migration to the South American country.
At the three-day meeting, IOM migration officials facilitated the exchange of information and discussions aimed at identifying strategies to ensure that migration flows between the two countries are safe, creation of mechanisms to strengthen regular migration channels, and combating human trafficking and migrant smuggling.
IOM commends the Government of the Maldives this week on passing a bill on anti-human trafficking, which makes trafficking in persons a criminal offence with perpetrators liable to 10 to 15 years imprisonment.
IOM has launched a project to support the Government of Lesotho to address labour shortages in the country’s health sector. Funded by the IOM Development Fund (IDF), the USD 200,000 project aims to attract diaspora health professionals in South Africa, the UK and the US to fill critical labour shortages in Lesotho’s health sector.
IOM concluded a two-day workshop in Juba, South Sudan on Friday, which brought together government officials from the Ministries of Health, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development and Education, as well as international experts and other stakeholders to develop an action plan for engaging the country’s diaspora.
IOM Peru this week hosted a group of Andean Community migration data experts focusing on how migration data can influence and promote policies to promote safe and positive migration for the region.
Working with the General Secretariat of the Andean Community, IOM brought together migration data experts, as well as officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
IOM Nicaragua and the Faculty of Humanities and Communications of the Central American University (UCA) this week signed an agreement to develop an online course on Consular Protection and Human Rights for consular officials at Nicaraguan consulates abroad.
The course aims to strengthen the officials’ theoretical and practical knowledge of migration, with a focus on human rights and gender, and the implications in their consular work.