On September 15, the closing event of the project “HOPE, promoting social cohesion in Ethiopia: Opportunities, Protection and Employment for Returnees, Minors and Potential Migrants” (11548/ETH/01) took place. The project is funded under the “Emergency Initiative to Fight against Human Trafficking and Exploitation of Migrants and Support the Reintegration of Returnees.”
The project has been implemented by a consortium led by the International Committee for the Development of Peoples (CISP) composed of the following Italian civil society organizations (CSOs): CCM, CIFA, CIAI, CEFA in partnership with the local CSO Live-Addis in some of the key areas for migration flows in Ethiopia; a country of origin, destination, and transit of migrants.
The CSOs implemented activities to improve employment opportunities, promote vocational training and income-generating activities, strengthen psycho-social support for returning migrants and vulnerable groups, and respond to sexual and gender-based violence. In addition, the coordination among stakeholders involved in the migration phenomenon in Ethiopia was also promoted.
The final event of the project was attended by members of the consortium, implementing partners, local authorities, and beneficiaries, who shared positive comments on the results achieved. The meeting was rich with points of reflection about migration in Ethiopia and the high unemployment rate in the country.