Project 1: EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration: The Gambia.
The Joint Initiative aims to contribute to strengthening the governance of migration and the sustainable reintegration of returning migrants in The Gambia.
- Building the capacities of government and local stakeholders on migration governance, sustainable reintegration of returning migrants and ownership of reintegration activities at the national level;
- Protecting vulnerable migrants;
- Providing reintegration assistance to returning Gambians;
- Conducting awareness raising and sensitization activities targeting the general public on the risks of and the alternatives to irregular migration;
- Collecting and analyzing data on migration.
Donor: The European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF)
Project 2: Supporting National Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking
The project aims to support the Government of The Gambia’s efforts to combat trafficking in persons through three elements:
- Prevention activities to increase awareness of TiP at the national and community level;
- Protection services for victims of trafficking and those at risk of trafficking;
- Prosecution efforts through strengthening the criminal justice system’s capacities to identify and investigate traffickers
Support to beneficiaries—including individuals at risk of trafficking, victims of trafficking, the general public, law enforcement officers and justice institutions—will abide by applicable ethical standards and a human-rights based approach to programming.
Donors: US Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP)
Project 3: Strengthening sustainable and holistic reintegration of returnees in The Gambia
A joint project with the United Nations Population Fund and International Trade Centre, the aim is to strengthen the foundations for peace by fostering positive economic and social interdependence between returning migrants and host community members, as well as facilitating sustainable reintegration that will contribute to enhanced social cohesion.
IOM’s focus is on three key areas:
- Establishment of the National Coordination Mechanism (NCM) on Migration;
- Enhanced mental health and psychosocial support services for returning migrants through community outreach health teams and capacity building of national and local actors;
- Research into the implications of irregular migration, return and reintegration on peacebuilding.
Donors: United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF)
Project 4: Migrants as Messengers
A growing body of research suggests that potential migrants are generally distrustful of information campaigns on irregular migration and that they are more likely to believe information obtained through trusted sources.
Implemented regionally across seven countries for its second phase, Migrants as Messengers addresses this distrust by encouraging youth in migration-prone communities in West Africa to adopt new attitudes and behaviours on migration through peer-to-peer messaging. The campaign is carried out directly by returned migrants who share with their communities and families their experiences, making their stories accessible to local decision makers, community leaders, religious leaders, and potential migrants.
Donors: The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Immigration and Border Management
Project 1: Enhancing capacities of The Gambia’s local and central governments to manage borders and contribute to trade facilitation, community and economic development
The project aims to enhance the capacities of the Gambian authorities in managing borders and strengthening border health systems and trade facilitation for economic development. The multi-sectoral approach contributes to:
- Strengthened physical infrastructure and equipment at main border posts;
- Increased capacity and better facilities for immigration control of passenger traffic, and strengthened customs inspections of goods and vehicles transiting;
- Improved cross-border coordination to enhance border security, cooperation and economic development in the border regions of The Gambia and Senegal;
- Enhanced capacity of health system and border management services;
- Improved cooperation among local government actors in facilitating cross-border trade as a means to promote local economic development.
Donors: The Government of Japan
Labour and Facilitated Migration
Project 1: Safety, Support and Solutions in the Central Mediterranean Route
The project aims to enhance the capacities of government officials, civil society organizations and nongovernment organizations for migrant protection and the development of livelihood and income generation alternatives. Through research and data analysis, it aims to create an evidence base on the impact of livelihoods and income generation on the intention to migrate irregularly. In enhancing the collective understanding of the drivers of migration, communities will be empowered to identify and design livelihood solutions that can serve as effective alternatives for the youth.
Donors: The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID)
Proejct 2: Bridging together youth, diaspora and local authorities for an integrated approach to promote employment and address irregular migration in The Gambia, Guinea Conakry and Guinea Bissau
The overall project objective is to promote safe migration and create alternatives to the irregular migration of youth by fostering employment in communities of origin.
Its three essential components include:
- Equipping national and local authorities with knowledge and tools on how best to account for migration in local development plans;
- Empowering youth in origin communities to achieve their livelihood expectations and aspirations, while promoting their access to viable jobs locally and abroad;
- Facilitating diaspora engagement to contribute to youth empowerment and promoting local alternatives to irregular migration through skills transfers programmes.
Donors: The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS)
Project 1: United Kingdom Pre-Departure Tuberculosis Detection Programme (UKTB)
The programme provides migration support service to the United Kingdom through pre-departure tuberculosis screening. In coordination with a local health clinic, the programme screens all visa applicants intending to stay in the United Kingdom for six months or longer. All cases diagnosed with active tuberculosis are referred to the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) for treatment and monitoring.
In addition, to facilitate family reunification, the programme also conducts anti-fraud measures—such as DNA testing and bio-sampling—at the request of the United Kingdom Government. The programme also works in partnership with The Gambia’s national health system to build national and local capacities in migration health management.
Updated December 2018