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IOM Ethiopia Trains Diaspora Coordination Officials

Human rights

Témoignages.re / 14 October 2012

IOM Ethiopia will conduct a three-day training for regional diaspora coordination officials from five regional states of Ethiopia starting on October 15th in Addis Ababa.

The training is intended to build the capacities of diaspora coordination officers from Amhara, Tigray, Dire Dawa, Gambella and the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples (SNNPR) regional states and to improve their ability to optimally harness the resources of the Ethiopian diaspora for development.

The officials will gain insights into the migration and development nexus, the diaspora role in building the economy, and government policies relating to the diaspora.

The training, which will be delivered by international and local experts, is a follow up of a rapid needs assessment conducted by IOM to determine institutional gaps among different actors working in the areas of diaspora engagement. Two additional trainings are planned for regional coordination officers from other regional states.

The training is part of the 12-country Strengthening of African and Middle Eastern Diaspora Policy through South-South Exchange (AMEDIP) project co-funded by Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy and France, and implemented by IOM and ICMPD.

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 12, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)

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