16 Sep 2022

Ethiopia: Community Conversations Impact Evaluation Dissemination Event

  • Date
    28 Sep 2022, 15:00pm
  • Location
  • Organizer


    IOM Ethiopia

Community Conversations Programme

'What works?': an evidence-based panel presentation of lessons learned from the implementation and evaluation of community engagement on awareness-raising on irregular migration, the promotion of alternative pathways, and the creation of local opportunities.

On 28 September 2022 researchers, behavior-change experts, Government officials, and foreign state dignitaries gathered at the Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to review evidence from evaluations of awareness-raising and behavior-change programs surrounding migration on the African continent. Three programs were represented by the offices of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) West Africa Regional Office, IOMX in Senegal, the IOM Global Migration Data Assessment Centre (GMDAC), and IOM Ethiopia. Together the researchers presented an evidence-based panel of lessons learned from the implementation and evaluation of community engagement and awareness-raising on irregular migration as well as the promotion of alternative pathways and local livelihoods creation. A lively discussion ensued concerning how to enable safe and dignified migration as well as how to promote viable local employment opportunities.

The program of focus was the Community Conversations Programme (CCP), a grassroots-led information and behavior change campaign implemented by the Government of Ethiopia and IOM Ethiopia in Amhara, Oromia, and the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s regions since 2013. Community Conversations is a platform to engage communities in facilitated dialogues to assess values, and beliefs and develop community action plans. The community action plans detail methods and goals for addressing socioeconomic barriers and generating viable alternatives to unsafe and irregular migration. In 2021, a rigorous evaluation of the CCP began to assess the impact that CC groups have had within Ethiopia. The CCP has been adopted by the Government of Ethiopia and kebele-level communities and is bolstered through the financial support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and in close coordination with the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

Presentation by

Eduardo EcostamadiedoBetsy Dankenbring

Download slide presentation here: Community Conversations Programme

Presentation by 

Alexandra Shearn

Studies have shown that many young people do not know where to get accurate information about regular migration procedures. That’s why the International Organization for Migration (IOM), launched WAKA Well in 2019, under the IOM X Project. It is a campaign in which young people in several African countries work with IOM, through a participatory framework and evidence-based programming, to produce media content for television, radio, social media, and on-the-ground activities promoting safe migration and local opportunities within their communities. The WAKA Well digital platform is an important part of the project. It makes it easier for young people, their families, and communities to learn about regular migration procedures, available local opportunities, and who to speak to in person so that young people can make informed decisions about their futures, at home and abroad. In this presentation, the Project Officer talks about the WAKA Well campaign, results from Knowledge, Attitude, and Intended Practice (KAP) surveys, and lessons learned from the implementation of the IOM X project in different contexts.

Download slide presentation here: IOM X - WAKA Well

Presentation by:

Marilena and OumarouMarilena

Download slide presentation here: Community Conversations Programme

Read the press release here to learn more: Community-Led Conversations Hold Great Potential for Safe | Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (iom.int)