The SINCE project is based on the first objective of the EU Trust Fund to create greater economic and employment opportunities for migrants. It aims at contributing to reducing irregular migration from Northern and Central Ethiopia by improving the living conditions of vulnerable populations, including potential migrants and returnees with specific focus on youth and women.

Assessment and workshop conducted

Earlier this year in May, a workshop was held to GETFAM Hotel in Addis Ababa to present the main findings of the Socio-Economic and value chains assessment conducted by the technical assistance of UNIDO and ILO. The aim was to gain a better understanding on migration dynamics, particularly the root causes of migration, and their nexus with the lack of decent livelihood and employment opportunities. The Inception Phase focused on “woredas” within four Regional States (Amhara, Oromia, SNNP and Tigray), as well as sub-cities of Addis Ababa city administration. It applied a comprehensive approach, stressing on sectors/value-chains with high employment and economic potential for the target groups. The selected sectors (textile, leather, metal work, construction and agri-business) have a high potential of employment development by upgrading their value chain and developing the systems into which they are embedded.

Information workshop on May 19th, Addis Ababa

SINCE’s main focus this year: proposals for action

Later on in July, the project launched a call for proposals, providing guidelines for grants applicant (NGOs, CSOs, private sectors, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)s agencies etc.). It contains mainly strategic issues and guiding principles which should drive the definition of proposed actions and activities. Some strategic actions ideas include: value chains development, industrial cluster development, employment support schemes, actions enabling the integration of youth and women, actions enhancing the involvement of the private sector, Education and TVET institutions.

Chosen actions will be those where stakeholders establish inclusive economic programmes that create employment opportunities for potential migrants, returnees and refugees, especially women and youth, in the most migration-prone regions of Ethiopia (Addis Ababa, Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR and Tigray) by strengthening the capacities of local vocational training providers and promoting public private partnerships (PPPs) in strategic economic clusters. A proposal evaluation will take place between 26th September and 25th October 2017 after the deadline (25th September) is passed.

On 11th of August 2017, an information meeting was held to Saro-Maria Hotel in Addis Ababa in order to give information about the call’s structure, expected actions and activities, administrative procedures and so on.

Information meeting in Addis Ababa this August

To prepare the ground for the implementation of SINCE activities and start building institutional bonds with all the Ethiopian and local stakeholders and Institutions, field mission were carried out by the SINCE coordinator during the period September-October 2017 in Tigray, Oromia and Addis Ababa regions. Other field missions have been planned for October 2017 in the remaining regions targeted by SINCE (Amhara, SNNPR).

Next steps for SINCE

Contracts agreements between the Embassy of Italy and the selected Implementing Partners will be signed in November 2017 and activities are foreseen to start in December 2017.