Union Trust Fund projects (EUTF) in The Gambia yesterday held a media briefing
on their ongoing projects in the country towards complementing government
The EUTF projects are complementing the long-standing and comprehensive partnership that the European Union and Africa enjoys together.
The projects for Africa were created to foster stability and contribute to better migration management by addressing the root causes of destabilisation, forced displacement and irregular migration.
The other priority areas are resilience to support basic services for local populations, ensuring local government ownership and capacity building in migration management to prevent irregular migration, fight human trafficking and make reintegration more sustainable for returnees as well as stability and governance, in particular by promoting conflict prevention, addressing human rights abuses and enforcing the rule of law.
The EU currently has two running projects; The Youth Empowerment Project implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the project EU-IOM joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in The Gambia funded by the EUTF.
The Joint initiative inclusive approach involves key stakeholders, such as migrant associations, community-based organizations, and local communities to ensure the sustainable reintegration of and Gambian migrants in the future will be opting to migrate via regular than of necessity.
The EU-IOM joint initiatives aim at increasing awareness of potential migrants and 250 communities in high migration areas on the consequences and viable alternatives to irregular migration.
It also supports national and local authorities and development partners in having access to data on migration factors, flows and trends to support evidence-based policy development and programmes.
IOM works closely with the Government of the Gambia, particularly the Ministry of Interior, which has the mandate to lead on migration governance and management in the country.
These meetings had proven a fruitful way on the contemporary topics of mutual interest and further deepened the close working relationship between the press and the EU delegation in The Gambia.