IOM Hargeisa completed a six-day ‘Training of Trainers’ as well as a three-day follow-up training on ‘Start and Improve Your Business Idea’. The training programme is developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Thanks to the training, 12 migrant returnees, IOM Staff, government stakeholders and implementing partners in Somaliland are now better equipped to generate and implement business ideas to start small business in emerging economies.
Khalif, one of the participants, said: “The training allowed me to acquire practical skills such as create a business plan, understand financial planning and how to link beneficiaries with financial institutions.”
During the follow-up training completed on 24 July, participants qualified to become trainers for a group of 33 migrants newly-returned from Libya.
The training was done as part of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in the Horn of Africa. Since its inception, 288 migrants to Hargeisa and surrounding areas in Somaliland have received individually-tailored packages granted in kind as well as effective counselling and provision of accurate information. Self-sufficiency is the priority by supporting the set-up of small business and the re-entry of the migrant returnees into the local labour market.
The EU-IOM Joint Initiative facilitates orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration management. The project, funded by the EU, covers 26 African countries.