Addis Ababa February 1, 2018 A job creation project for potential migrants in Addis Ababa, returnees and Eritrean refugees, which aims at contributing to Stemming Irregular Migration in Northern and Central Ethiopia (SINCE), was launched today here in Addis Ababa.
The two-year project with over 61 million birr budget is financed by the European Union Trust Fund for Africa.
Among the direct beneficiaries of the project are 1,500 potential migrants and returnees, and 200 Eritrean refugees, according to the press release of SINCE.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, Addis Ababa Bureau of Finance and Economic Development Deputy Head Girma Gidi said the project is expected to support the ongoing development process of alleviating the challenges with the lives of potential migrants and returnees in Addis Ababa, especially migration prone sub-cities.
The project areas in Addis Ababa are Arada, Addis Ketema, Kirkos, and Yeka sub-cities, while the value chain areas are leather construction and metal, it was indicated.
The Deputy Head said the project "is invaluable for it is in line with the Second Growth and Transformation Plan for which youth employment is a high priority as well as manufacturing development, especially in leather, construction, and metal work sectors."
Consortium Coordinator for the project, Sara Worku said, "Our project is entitled Job Creation for Potential Migrants in Addis Ababa. So whatever we are doing, it has to contribute to the overall Stemming Irregular migration in Northern and Central Ethiopia (SINCE) program."
The overall goal of SINCE is to contribute to the reduction of irregular migration from northern and central Ethiopia by improving the living conditions of the most vulnerable population, including potential migrants, and returnees with specific focus on youth and women.