A new coaching and mentoring programme for returnees in Ethiopia has started on Tuesday 18 September and will run until 9 November 2018.
The programme is offered by ITCILO in cooperation with the EU-funded ILO project ‘Support to the reintegration of returnees in Ethiopia’, and is also funded by the Italian Development Cooperation Agency. It has been designed for the specific context of providing coaching and mentoring services to returnees, with a focus on youth, and it will provide follow-up and support to beneficiaries, with the intention that the targeted participants will be more successful in starting and growing their business. At the heart of the programme is the issue of the psychological impact of stress and anxiety facing a new entrepreneur living and working in high degrees of risk and uncertainty.
According to demographic projections, more than two million young Ethiopians enter the Labour market every year. The challenge of their socioeconomic integration is immense. In addition, Ethiopia is regularly hit by humanitarian crises arising from severe drought due to poor rainy seasons, seasonal flooding and inter-communal conflict-induced displacements. In 2013/2014 the forced repatriation of 163,018 Ethiopian migrants from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, combined with a significant number of reported cases of abuse and mistreatment of migrants, drew considerable attention to the plight of Ethiopian migrant workers. Returnees face severe difficulties, particularly in terms of decent livelihood opportunities and reintegration into the Ethiopian labour market.
The ILO development cooperation Project ‘Support to the reintegration of returnees in Ethiopia’ is part of a broader programme on improving labour migration management in Ethiopia funded by the EU, with the specific objective of providing individualised and rights-based reintegration assistance to returnees and local vulnerable community members, with a particular focus on vulnerable women and girls. As part of the Project, returnees have received appropriate social support based on their needs; training programmes that meet local economic opportunities have been designed and delivered; and returnees and local vulnerable community members are being provided with long-term socioeconomic reintegration support.
The face-to-face components of the new coaching and mentoring programme for returnees in Ethiopia will be held in Addis Ababa and will be integrated with an intensive online learning component, allowing the trainee coaches to test their coaching skills and get started in developing a mentoring scheme. The official opening ceremony was conducted by Amb. Misganu Arga – State Minister – Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Ethiopia; Ms. Elena Ruiz Roman – Programme Manager, Migration & Employment from the EU Delegation for Ethiopia; and Mr. George Okutho – Director of the ILO Country Office for Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan and Special Representative to the African Union (AU) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).