Five Years After Launch, EU-IOM Joint Initiative Partners Reflect on Achievements, Lessons for Future

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized a Participatory Regional Lessons Learning Consultation under the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration.

Five years into the programme, key stakeholders gathered to take stock of their cooperation, document learning and develop recommendations for future migrant protection and reintegration programming.

Attended by 58 (33 male, 25 female) participants representing the European Union (EU), EU Delegations, government counterparts, implementing partners, and IOM, the Consultation focused on direct assistance and return, reintegration at individual and community levels, as well as capacity building. Cross-cutting priorities such as sustainability, partnership, referrals, and local ownership, were also addressed.

Interactive plenary and working group sessions enabled participants to share their views on the EU-IOM Joint Initiative’s achievements and formulate recommendations for continued engagement on shared migration governance and mobility priorities.

Launched in December 2016, with funding from the EUTF, and contributions by the governments of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan, the EU-IOM Joint Initiative brings together 26 African countries of the Sahel and Lake Chad region, the Horn of Africa, and North Africa, along with the EU and the IOM, around the goal of ensuring that migration is safer, more informed and better governed for both migrants and their communities.