From 17-20 October, ICMPD is organising a joint training session on labour market insertion of young Malian graduates, return migrants, international migrants and internally displaced as well as on labour market and migration data management, through the Demand-Driven Facility (DDF) of the FMM West Africa project.

In particular, this activity seeks to continue supporting the Ministry of Employment and Professional Training in Mali, notably the National Observatory on Employment and Professional Training (ONEF). In carrying out this activity ICMPD expects to strengthen the capacity of relevant Malian Governmental agencies and departments in better managing labour migration flows.

Mali remains a country with complex migration dynamics deeply rooted in its history as both an origin, transit and destination country both within the ECOWAS free movement space and migration flows towards Europe, North Africa and Gulf countries. The impact of these migration flows is becoming increasingly measured, notably the effects upon the national labour market as well as on the management of the workforce at home and within the countries where the diaspora settled throughout the years.

This training workshop is supported by the Demand-Driven Facility (DDF) of the EU and ECOWAS funded project, “Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa” (FMM West Africa).

These activities come aligned with the ongoing effort to create a national labour market and migration information system capable of contributing to quantifying labour market and cross-border and international migration dynamics to and from Mali, a better data analysis and management on these topics as well as to pave the ground for more informed and relevant sectoral and national policies. Ultimately this will allow Governmental structures to better address the identified challenges and to develop mechanisms to tap into the development potential of labour migration.

According to Minister of Employment and Professional Training, Mr. Maouloud Ben Kattra, “this Action is well aligned with the national priorities and the national focus of the Government and the Ministry on education, training and labour market insertion” and to “make employment a driver for national development”. The Minister added that “more than ever, it becomes essential to set up a labour market and migration information system as a key to success of policies to struggle against unemployment and poverty as well as to value the strengthening of skills and competences”.

At the regional level, the strengthening of the national information system on labour market and migration in Mali is also strictly aligned with the ongoing support also provided by the DDF to the ECOWAS Commission and Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Mauritania, Niger and Nigeria in the development of a sub-regional reporting mechanism on labour market and migration, in its preliminary stages.

Information Note on FMM West Africa Project
The FMM West Africa project is jointly funded by the European Union (EU) and the ECOWAS Commission. The project covers the 15 ECOWAS Member States and Mauritania on different thematic areas of migration, such as, trafficking in persons, border management, migration policy development and labour migration. The FMM West Africa project is driven by the ECOWAS Commission and implemented jointly by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

More information on the project is available on the project website:

For more information
ECOWAS website:
EU Delegation to Sierra Leone and ECOWAS: and
EU Development & Cooperation Office, Migration & Asylum website:
IOM website:
ICMPD website:
ILO website:

Mr. Hugo TAVARES AUGUSTO, Project Officer, +22371003254 (until 21 October) / +2348141375874 / +2348172172956 /