AU, ECA Unveil $2.5m Project to Tackle Migration Barriers within Africa

ADDIS ABABA – African Union Commission (AUC) unveiled a joint project aimed at shaping a positive narrative and eliminating barriers to safe migration within the continent.

The AUC launched the $2.5 project jointly with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

“The majority of Africans migrate within the continent, and hence the need to focus migration initiatives like those in the joint migration project,” ECA’s Deputy Secretary Hanan Morsy noted.

The launching ceremony on Monday was attended by Minata Samate Cessouma, the AUC’s Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development.

In her remarks, Commissioner Cessouma noted “the need to tap on migration potential to drive the continental agenda with respect to its development, transformation and integration.”

She also highlighted that in developing the project, the AUC and UNECA had “the leeway to propound their priorities in accordance with the African migration agenda”.

The two-year project, entitled ‘International Migration in Africa: Shaping a Positive Narrative and Removing Barriers to Mobility,’ is funded by the government of Italy.

Six key thematic areas have been identified as key thematic areas for the project to address migration challenges in Africa, according to the AU.

They involve promoting economic empowerment of migrant women; and improving migration statistics and legal identity of migrants in the East and Horn of Africa.

The project will also support AU’s Technical Assistance Facility on Migration Governance; and combat irregular migration along three major migration corridors.

Strengthening cross-border infectious disease surveillance and enhancing free movement of persons and labor mobility in the continent are also among the thematic areas.

The joint implementation team is scheduled to have their first Inception Meeting on Wednesday the 7 June 2023.