Strengthening the capacity of central and local government authorities to manage migration in Zimbabwe

Project Title Strengthening the capacity of central and local government authorities to manage migration in Zimbabwe
Project Period 20 May 2013 to 19 May 2015
Geographical Coverage Zimbabwe Nationwide
Beneficiaries Vulnerable Migrants (Displaced Communities, victims of trafficking and smuggling)
Partners
Budget EUR 450,000
Donors European Commission to Zimbabwe
 

 

Project Description


There are an estimated 600, 000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Zimbabwe. Few IDPs have found durable solutions to their displacement status compared to the general population. In addition, cross border mobility driven by socio-economic factors has seen high rates of irregular migration flows into neighbouring countries. The emigration flows have intensified over the last decade leading to multifaceted migration management challenges. The trafficking in persons report of 2012[1], classifies Zimbabwe under tier 3 in terms of the systems and structures in the prevention and protection of vulnerable groups to trafficking. This implies that, the country has limited legislation, policies and systems in place to respond to trafficking in persons.

In order to address these challenges the project will contribute towards protection of migrants’ rights through improved migration management capacity of local and central government authorities. This will be done through provision of technical support to local authorities in migration affected communities for inclusive leadership in community based planning CBP) and support the capacity for preventing and curbing irregular migration as well as strengthening preventive measures against trafficking in persons.

Expected outcomes of the project are; Local authorities have improved capacity and provide inclusive leadership in the CBP and displacement and migration-affected communities develop skills for leadership, advocacy, social protection and formulate their own community development plans; IOM and its partners maintain strategic dialogue with various levels of the GoZ and have access to communities affected by displacement and migration; Strengthened capacity of central and local government authorities to manage migration through improved policies, technical skills and practices that enhance protection of migrant rights; and reduction in the risks of human rights violation and improved access to special services for VoTs in Zimbabwe.

Proposed activities include; Conducting sensitization workshops on CBP, basics of migration management and community participatory processes training for 35 GoZ officials as well as produce four Ward Development Plans. Undertake migration management rapid assessment; conduct workshops on importance of IBM and the human trafficking dynamics; Develop a training programme on IBM, Upgrade two shelters for VoTs and Install border management ICT equipment for two borders.