18 December 2018
As we celebrate International Migrants Day, our team continues to support The Migration Partners (MP) initiative to help thwart the challenges of displacement.
Whether it stems from natural disasters, conflict or the search for a better life, migration is a global issue that will continue to pressure world governments. The Horn of Africa, alone, has to cope with 8.9 million displaced people, of which 75 percent are internally displaced. Similarly, West Africa has an estimated 8.4 million refugees and migrants traversing the region.
The absence of strategies for managing mixed migration movements has exacerbated conflict, strained community resilience and humanitarian systems, and made many vulnerable to organised crime cartels and traffickers. New challenges in Latin America arising from the economic and political crisis in Venezuela demonstrate the need for agility in response.
The MP project is a joint effort to answer calls for solutions, offering support to donors and national governments as they seek to change the paradigm of migration.
The partnership draws on the comprehensive experience of WYG, the Danish Refugee Council, GOPA Consultants, the Mixed Migration Centre, and VNG International, which have worked in various formations over a 15-year period.
Jennifer Tangney, Business Development Director at WYG, said: “The Migration Partners is a unique collaboration that reflects the multi-dimensional nature of migration and the need for creative approaches that bring diverse skills and perspectives to bear.”
One of several key projects we are involved in, for example, is strengthening collaboration in cross-border areas of Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia. Working under the leadership of the Danish Refugee Council, we are helping to deliver the EU Emergency Trust Fund, boosting legal trade, supporting private sector development, and developing skills in this very volatile region.
WYG is also leading a project in Morocco for the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office to develop a more sustainable and inclusive civil society. The project aims to generate understanding of key policy issues, shape public policy debate, and strengthen links between citizens and the government. Migration issues factor heavily into the research and dialogue conducted here.
We look forward to sharing more stories about the work underpinning this collaborative effort.