The EU-IOM Joint Initiative supports local authorities to respond to the urgent needs of host communities and the impacts of migration dynamics, as well as to support community cohesion and cope with social tensions. IOM initiatives are community-driven and conducted in close coordination with local stakeholders and authorities. The EU-IOM Joint Initiative identifies initiatives included in the local communal and regional development plans for immediate or quick implementation in order to improve livelihood opportunities for local youth, promote regular activities in different economic sectors, and refurbish or rehabilitate small infrastructures. These initiatives lay the groundwork for long-term development initiatives.
The EU-IOM Joint Initiative is setting up community stabilisation activities to support communities in Niger and Libya.
- In Libya, the program works to improve the provision of basic services for communities in the health, education, WASH, and agricultural sector, strengthen relationships between communities and authorities on one hand, and among communities on the other hand, and promote livelihood opportunities
- In Niger, migration is often an important source of income for local communities but can also be the source of social tension and/ or put pressure on already limited resources. Some local actors perceive that recent development efforts in Niger are focused on migration rather than local development. The EU-IOM Joint Initiative assists local authorities to respond to the needs of host communities and the impacts of migration flows, as well as to support community cohesion and cope with social tensions.