Côte d’Ivoire

Entrepreneurship in Building and Civil Engineering

Souleymane Sylla returned from Algeria in 2018. Together with 80 other young people, they received training followed by technical support for the creation of their company in the field of building and civil engineering in Bouaké. Thanks to this training, he participated in the rehabilitation of a primary school in their community. Today, he is an entrepreneur in the field of construction and a source of inspiration for the youth of his community.

Photo: IOM 2020 / Mohamed Diabaté

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IOM and SEED Project launched the Playground project to empower young people to create viable alternatives to irregular migration. Playground leverages the educational power of basketball to equip the youth with life skills and self-resilience.

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Ghana

Playground Jamestown

Lincoln now not only uses music to heal but also to spread a message. In one of his songs, “Guns from Tripoli” for example, he narrates his migration experience. Through his creativity he has become a safe migration advocate. In July, in Jamestown, Accra, Lincoln performed his track at IOM’s launch of its new youth empowerment project “Playground”. More than 200 in the audience reacted enthusiastically. “Telling my story is not a shame at all,” he says. 

Photo: IOM Ghana 2021 / Juliane Reissig 

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Mali

Grand Youth Peace Trail

During the « Grand Youth Peace Trail » in Mali, 1,600 girls and boys of all dofferent origins and social groups took the peace torch on a 1,500 kilometre relay between 1 and 16 december 2021 from Bamako to Gao, along the banks of the Niger river.

@ IOM / 2021 Moussa Tall

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The Gambia

Spaces for the Young

As part of efforts to redesign Migration Information Centers (MICs) and make the spaces more open to young people, IOM constructed a new study center in Basse, Upper River Region.

© IOM / 2020

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