New ITCILO coaching and mentoring programme for migrant returnees in Ethiopia
The programme, offered by the Centre and the EU-funded ILO project “Support to the reintegration of returnees in Ethiopia” with the financial support of the Italian Development Cooperation Agency, started on Tuesday 18 September and will run until 9 November 2018.
Designed to provide coaching and mentoring services to migrant returnees with a focus on youth, it will provide follow-up and support to beneficiaries to improve their businesses. The issue of the psychological impact of stress and anxiety experienced by new entrepreneurs living and working in high degrees of risk and uncertainty is at the heart of the programme.
According to demographic projections, more than two million young Ethiopians enter the labour market every year. The challenge of their socio-economic integration is immense. In addition, Ethiopia is regularly hit by humanitarian crises arising from severe drought due to poor rainy seasons, seasonal flooding and inter-communal conflict-induced displacements. In 2013 and 2014, the forced repatriation of 163,018 Ethiopian migrants from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, combined with a significant number of reported cases of abuse and mistreatment of migrants, drew considerable attention to the plight of Ethiopian migrant workers. Returnees face severe difficulties, particularly in terms of decent livelihood opportunities and reintegration into the Ethiopian labour market.
The ILO development cooperation project “Support to the reintegration of returnees in Ethiopia” is part of a broader programme on improving labour migration management in Ethiopia, funded by the EU, which has the specific objective of providing individualized and rights-based reintegration assistance to returnees and local vulnerable community members, with a particular focus on vulnerable women and girls. As part of the project, returnees receive appropriate social support based on their needs; training programmes that suit local economic opportunities; and long-term socioeconomic reintegration support.
The face-to-face components of the new coaching and mentoring programme for migrant returnees in Ethiopia will be held in Addis Ababa and will be integrated with an intensive online learning component, allowing the trainee coaches to test their coaching skills and get started in developing a mentoring scheme. The programme opened with an official ceremony attended by Ambassador Misganu Arga, State Minister for Labour and Social Affairs of Ethiopia; Ms. Elena Ruiz Roman, Programme Manager, Migration and Employment, from the EU Delegation for Ethiopia; and Mr. George Okutho, Director of the ILO Country Office for Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan, and Special Representative to the African Union (AU) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).