Enabling migrants and potential migrants to make informed decisions about their migratory journey, and sensitizing communities on migration.

Since the launch of the Joint Initiative in April 2017, more than 2.5 million individuals received information about the risks of irregular and regular migration options in West and Central Africa until 31 October 2021.  

Ivory Coast

Football Match

 In Daloa city, IOM conducted a series of awareness-raising activities including a football match that brought together a hundred young people to discuss migration issues.

Photo : IOM 2020/Mohamed Aly Diabaté

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Burkina Faso

Curtain up for Tunka​

As part of the awareness-raising activities, IOM Burkina Faso has carried out several theatrical awareness campaigns. One theatrical company toured the play Tunka across the country to inform and sensitize the populations. These activities have had a positive impact on populations who claim to have learned a lot about the dangers and alternatives to irregular migration, the safe options for migration. Every performance was followed by a street art event, involving the community and returning migrants.

Photo : IOM 2021 

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Nigeria

Empty Waka

In February 2020, community theatre troupes perform the “Empty Waka” play at Uselu market, Edo State, Nigera. The theatre, which involves returnees and community members, is part of awareness raising interventions aimed at promoting social cohesion while sensitizing community members on dangers of irregular migration through the use of arts. 

Photo : IOM 2021/Elijah Elaigwu

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Gambia

Street Art Together

IOM employs the ‘Street Art Together’ methodology to engage communities, using the power of art to spark conversations about migration.

Photo : IOM 2020

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Niger

Tendé

A group of women wearing traditional outfits watches the Tendé competition from the sidelines.

Photo : IOM/Monica Chiriac

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Ghana, Mali an Senegal

Migrants tell in their own words the experience of return and reintegration

This documentary film looks at the return and reintegration journey of migrants. It presents the challenges faced by returnees and good practices of the programme, including how the assistance they receive help them to restart their lives in their countries of origin.

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Ghana

Reimagining the future of migration

 Convinced of the power of art to reach the people and to create bridges, for this Migrants Day 2020, IOM Ghana joined forces again with the artists from the Ghana Graffiti collective and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly to create a new mural in Accra, in Nima on the Kanda highway. Under the creative leadership of Mohammed Awudu, the artists help us, with their artistic interpretation of the theme, to reimagine the future of migration amid COVID-19.

Photo : IOM 2020/Fibi Afloe

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Guinea-Bissau

For a self-determined youth

  Participation of IOM in the 13th edition of the National School of Volunteering of RENAJ, under the theme: “For a Self-Determined Youth Present in the Consolidation of Democracy in Guinea-Bissau”.

Photo : IOM 2018

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Guinea

Terya Circus

In Guinea, a joint caravan campaign was organized with Migrants As Messengers to raise awareness of the risks associated with irregular migration among communities, mainly among the youth in public high schools. In the photo, an acrobatic performance offered by “Terya Circus” as part of the activities held through the campaign.

Photo : IOM 2021/DaoudChé

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