In 2016, the EU and IOM launched the EU-IOM Joint Initiative on Migrant Protection and Reintegration, which aimed to save lives, protect and assist migrants along key migration routes in Africa. The programme has three regional dimensions. The EU-IOM Joint Initiative in the Horn of Africa (JI-HOA) commenced in March 2017 in Khartoum Process countries targeting Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, and Djibouti. For five years, the programme assisted the four countries to facilitate orderly, safe, and regular migration through the development and implementation of rights-based, development-based and sustainable return and reintegration policies and processes.
In September 2022, IOM contracted PPMI to conduct the independent final evaluation of the programme, focusing on its relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability. The evaluation will rely on analysis of existing data collected by IOM, complemented with regional and national interviews, focus group discussions with returnee migrants, and a survey. The objective of the evaluation is to take stock of the achievement of this programme while looking ahead at the next programme to be launched formally in January 2023.