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SINCE Programme

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Stemming Irregular migration in Northern and Central Ethiopia



The “Stemming Irregular migration in Northern and Central Ethiopia — SINCE” Programme is funded by the European Union Trust Fund for Africa and is managed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation through the Embassy of Italy in Addis Ababa, sided by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation — AICS.

The overall objective of SINCE is to contribute to reduce irregular migration from Northern and Central Ethiopia by improving the living conditions of the most vulnerable population, including potential migrants and returnees with specific focus on youth and women.

The specific objective of SINCE is to facilitate the creation of employment opportunities for potential migrants and returnees, focusing on women and youth, in the most migration prone regions of Ethiopia (Addis Ababa, Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR and Tigray), by strengthening the capacities of Technical Vocational Training (TVET) centers and Pubic Employment Services (PES) providers, and by promoting Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in strategic value chains.


SINCE is directly addressing a total of 8.400 youth and women, potential migrants, and returnees.



The implementation of SINCE includes two main strategic pillars:

  • Short-term responses to facilitate wage employment to 8,200 beneficiaries through the provision of 41 different short term training courses relevant to private sectors need;
  • Medium and long-term strategies, establishing 16 multi-stakeholders platforms to promote sustainable 145 Public -Private Partnerships.



The intervention areas and sectors have been identified, during an Inception Phase in close collaboration with all the relevant Ethiopian Authorities, through a socio-economic and value chain assessment carried out respectively by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) on the basis of an agreement with the Embassy of Italy in Ethiopia and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation.

Amhara, Oromia, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) and Tigray have been identified as the most migration prone areas, together with the city of Addis Ababa (see map).

The interventions sectors are textile and garment, leather and leather products, agri-business, metal works and construction (see table below).


Value Chain Selected Region/Area
Textile and Garment Amhara, Tigray, SNNP
Leather and Leather Products Addis Ababa
Agri-business Oromia, SNNP
Metal Works Addis Ababa, Amhara, SNNP, Tigray
Construction Addis Ababa, Amhara, SNNP



  • 6 Project Steering Committees have been set up at federal and regional level to ensure  sustainability and ownership by the Ethiopian Government.
  • 27 TVETs are capacitated and strengthened to offer 39 demand-driven short training courses.
  • 328 private companies are involved in the design of short-term trainings, host 7800 cooperative training  and apprenticeships, participate in 16 multi-stakeholders platforms and sign 145 PPPs  with TVETs and PES/local administrations.
  • 22 Local Administrations, offering Public Employment Services, are strengthened.



ILO logo ILO conducted a socio-economic assessment and is piloting a Youth Employability Service centre in Bahir Dar
UNIDO logo UNIDO conducted a value chain assessment and is assisting the Embassy of Italy in monitoring grant beneficiaries.



PIN logo PIN, in partnership with VIS, CONCERN and CHADET, is implementing activities in Addis Ababa (Lot 1)
EDUKANS logo Edukans, in partnership with CETU, CIFA, DEC, Hope Enterprises and Kidane Garment, is implementing activities in Amhara (Lot 2)
COOPI logo COOPI, in partnership with Edukans, LVIA, Meki Batu and Sico Mendu cooperatives, is implementing activities in Oromia (Lot 3)
IRC logo IRC, in partnership with CARE, JeCCDO, Selam Awassa and YME Plc., is implementing activities in SNNPR (Lot 4)
VIS logo VIS, in partnership with CISP, OXFAM, REST, ECC and Mesfin Industrial Engineering, is implementing activities in Tigray (Lot 5)


SINCE Programme Target Areas of intervention