ILO strengthens the effort of labour migration governance experts in the IGAD region

News | 20 October 2020
IGAD-ILO Labour Migration Experts Reference Group (LMERG) was established with the support of the ILO through its FMPT project financed by the EU. The group was established by the ILO in close collaboration with International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO) and the IGAD Secretariat in November 2019 at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The objective of the LMERG is to streamline and reinforce IGAD Member States capacity for long-term impact through policy dialogue, coherence and operational coordination of interventions and activities at national, regional, and interregional levels to improve labour migration governance in the region.

As part of its institutional capacity building effort, the ILO in collaboration with ITC-ILO identified training needs of members and developed a capacity-building programme that will lead to Diploma on Labour Migration Governance. As the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted travel and face-to-face interaction, virtual sessions are in place in implementing capacity building actions. As a result, to facilitate the learning experiences of the LMERG in these online courses in the short term and strengthen institutional capacity of the respective ministries and intuitions targeted as part of the program, FMPT project provided laptops and internet access to all LMERG members in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda while the delivery in Djibouti and Somalia is underway.

The ILO trusts that the equipment support will help facilitate active participation of LMERG members in the capacity building programme and support the effort to improve labour migration governance and decent work in the IGAD Member States in the long term.

A LMERG member from Ethiopia said, “The provision of laptop and Wi-Fi router by the FMPT project will help me resolve the problem I was facing to properly follow the online labour migration governance training programme. Having a laptop and secured internet connection will help me to improve quality of my work in proving trainings on labour migration governance to regional labour and social affairs bureaus and private employment agencies. Additionally, this will allow me to properly document, compile and share data related to labour migrants from different regions of the country.”

The LMERG is composed of 45 experts of the IGAD Member States from the Ministries of Labour, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Ministries of Interior; IGAD Secretariat; and three selected training institutions working in the area of labour migration and mobility governance (Uganda -Nakasongola Immigration Academy, Sudan Centre for Migration Studies and Development, Kenya Institute of Migration Studies).