The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak and the measures employed to contain it caused extensive damage to the already fragile Guinean socio-economic environment, reversing the economic/social gains the country had made in recent years. As a consequence, many Guineans, especially the youth (constituting about 45% of the population), who were previously employed lost their jobs. According to the Italian ministry of Interior, 13,342 Guineans arrived in Italy during 2016. The end of the EVD outbreak coupled with the diﬃcult conditions in Libya and other transit countries weigh in the decision for many to return home.
In 2018, IOM plans to carry out programs that will facilitate the sustainable reintegration and stabilization of the returned migrants and their respective communities. This will be done by using three different approaches:
- Protection: IOM will work with the relevant ministries/NGOs to provide in-kind support and non-food items (NFIs) to meet speciﬁc needs of vulnerable Guinean returnees , including children and victims of traﬃcking.
- Livelihoods recovery: IOM will support the recovery of small-holder farmers and traders in areas of high population out-migration and return, through livelihoods recovery support. Beneﬁciaries will be given the opportunity to choose from a range of market-oriented support, including options such as agricultural inputs, tools and equipment, cash grants, cash for assets and training.
- Community infrastructure: IOM will provide small in-kind grants to community-based organizations for the rehabilitation of community infrastructure in areas of high out-migration and return including water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure.
IOM Guinea is the leading organization with regards to supporting the voluntary return and sustainable reintegration of migrants. IOM works with relevant government agencies and CBOs/NGOs in this regard. With current staff strength of 118 and three sub oﬃces, IOM is equipped with the human and operational capacities to carry out these activities.
Note: the projects below are part IOM’s Migration Crisis Operational Framework and country strategy to address migration issues and initiate development-principled programming to establish the foundations for longer-term recovery to complement its humanitarian programmes.
Overall Targeted Beneficiaries: 5,000 migrant returnees in 300 communities
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IOM Offices: Country Office: Conakry, Sub-Offices: 03- N`zerekore, Mamou, Kankan, Other locations IOM carries out activities: Boke, Kindia
International Staff: 12
National Staff: 106
- IOM Guinea facilitated the return and provided airport assistance (including pocket money and NFIs distribution) for 6,085 stranded migrants.
- IOM provided 564 migrants with reintegration support (psychosocial, social and economic).
- 28 Emergency Operations centers were put in place and rendered operational through the provision of technical and logistics support.
- Reinforced the technical and logistics capacities of border immigration officers in four border posts.
- Provided training on entrepreneurship and employment to some 150 youths, who were potential migrants, in the communes of Conakry.
- Trained 7 Ministry of Health personnel in Canada and USA on emergency management.
- Reinforced community event based epidemiological surveillance in 8 prefectures.
- Within the framework of Border Health Risk Mitigation through Strengthened Surveillance, IOM Guinea carried out participatory community mapping in 6 Prefectures.
- Capacity of 5 Point of Entries (PoE) was developed and reinforced through training and logistics support according to International Health Regulation (IHR) and cross-border IHR coordination.
- Facilitated the reintegration of 730 voluntary returnees from Europe and other north African countries.
Shelter and Non-food items
Shelter and Non-food ItemsAmount Requested: USD 850,000 Amount Received: USD 0Objective:The project will focus on different scenarios of risks and vulnerabilities to help mitigate the impact of natural and man-made disasters in certain high risks zones in Guinea. IOM will deliver trainings to build the capacity of some 500 managers/leaders of the Local Emergency Committee to organize shelters/collective centers and the improvement of public buildings (some targeted schools and health centers) in the high risk zones particularly at the border regions. The proposed areas are Boke, Siguiri, Boffa, N`zerekore and Conakry where floods and landslides are frequent leading to displacement of persons. Stock for contingency purposes will also be prepositioned.Beneficiaries:2,000 individuals (1,100 females and 900 males); 5 prefectures
Activities to Support Community Stabilization and Transition
Improving the Living Environment for communities affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and support the voluntary return of migrantsAmount Requested: USD 3,200,000 Amount Received: USD 0Objective:Contribute to the long-term support, recovery and resilience of the affected communities, including the improvement of their healthcare, water and sanitation systems as well as work with beneficiaries in providing income generating activities which will help in their sustainable re-integration into the society. IOM will implement a package of programming to address the socio-economic dimension of the EVD crisis by putting the most affected individuals and communities back on track through protection, livelihoods, community infrastructure, and economic recovery projects. Proposed areas are Nzerekore, Kankan, Kindia, Mamou, Forecariah, Boke and Conakry zones where most families are affected.Beneficiaries:5,000 individuals in 300 communities (3,000 females, 2,000 males, and children)