Returning Ghanaian migrants receive advanced business management support and sustainable livestock…
From 15 to 19 August 2022, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the Government of Ghana and the private sector, provided technical and vocational training (TEVT) to a total of 47 beneficiaries (40 men and 7 women). The Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA) and Gye Nyame Poultry Farms provided advanced business management support and hands-on training on sustainable animal production under the EU-IOM Joint Protection and Reintegration Initiative migrants in Kumasi and Dormaa Ahenkro respectively.
The five-day training sessions, delivered simultaneously, are part of additional support after initial support in micro-enterprise and psychotherapy for returnees. The trainings aimed to give beneficiaries practical skills and in-depth knowledge on how to grow their businesses and awarded them skills certifications to support their reintegration. Advanced business management training covered topics such as entrepreneurship, business management skills, financial management, and marketing basics. Various methods were used to make the training more practical and understandable, including discussions, questions and answers, group work and presentations, situational pictures and videos, peer-to-peer sharing, PowerPoint presentations, dictation in progress and the theater of images.
Facilitators suggested possible solutions after participants shared their experiences and challenges in their area of work. “The training has given me a better understanding of how to manage my business financially, and with the new ideas I have learned, I hope to turn my business around,” said Nimako, a beneficiary of the trainings. Those who attended the training at Dormaa Ahenkro received hands-on training in sustainable animal production, including raising poultry, cattle, goats, sheep, pigs and snails, as well as beekeeping. .
Livestock training was integrated with business and financial management to equip participants with the skills needed for sustainable business and financial management. “The training broadened my knowledge, not only in poultry farming, but in other livestock farming to provide an additional source of income. Above all, I received enough knowledge and support to manage my poultry farm to reduce costs and disease infestations and maximize profits,” said Welbeck, a beneficiary of the training.
According to Ms. Pooja Bhalla, Project Manager, IOM Ghana, it is expected that the hands-on training and sustainable and environmentally friendly approaches will sharpen the skills of returnees under the sustainable reintegration support provided by IOM. Since 2017, over 2,500 Ghanaian migrants have received assistance to return home and 779 migrants have benefited from individual, group and community reintegration interventions. The initiative was supported by the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration.