Niamey – Between 24-25 July, IOM supported the forum “Youth Entrepreneurship as a Real Alternative to Irregular Migration”, which mobilized more than 100 young entrepreneurs, recent graduates and community leaders from Niger, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Benin, and Togo.

The two-day forum was organized by the Youth Union of the Member States of the Council of the Entente (UJEMCE), designed to promote the economic development of the region, but also to encourage values such as accountability and integrity and, as a result, the fight against corruption.

In order to promote integrity and a strong sense of community among young entrepreneurs, the incubation programme Accountability Lab, member of the international Accountability Lab network based in Washington DC, organized various panels and trainings in this year’s forum.

The initiative was supported by IOM as part of the project “Support to Strengthening the Management of Migration in Niger”, implemented in Niger between December 2017 and September 2019, and funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).

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