MIDA - Migration for Development in Africa
IOM launched the Migration for Development in Africa (MIDA) initiative in 2001. The purpose of the MIDA concept is to identify and select suitable diaspora professionals, in collaboration with local institutions, and finance their return for short-term assignments facilitating their settling in into both professional and personal environments.
IOM Finland is currently coordinating two MIDA projects funded by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
MIDA FINNSOM Health recruits Somali diaspora health and support professionals hailing largely from Finland to help rehabilitate the public health sector in Puntland and Somaliland, while MIDA FINNSOM Health and Education focuses on local health and education sector institutions and professionals in South Central Somalia to provide quality health care and education to the general population.
MIDA FINNSOM Health Somaliland
The overall objective of the project is to contribute to improved health outcomes in Puntland and Somaliland by strengthening public health institutions in line with government priorities.
Funded by the Finnish MFA since 2008, the MIDA FINNSOM Health portfolio of projects has worked to augment the health care systems and the capacities of local health care personnel both in Somaliland and Puntland. A significant number of the diaspora experts under this project are from the Somali diaspora living in Finland.
Beyond working to transfer technical skills and knowledge in the medical arena, MIDA FINNSOM Health also contributed to building the leadership, planning, and supervision capacities of local health institution staff. The project’s priority focus has been maternal and child health. The latest phase of the project ended in January 2021. It contributed to the regional development of health sector in Somaliland.
The project included cooperation with the National Institute of Health and Welfare of Finland (THL). THL provided technical support to the Somali Ministry of Health in the fight against COVID-19. IOM Finland has produced a video of THL's experts telling about the cooperation. The video is available here.
MIDA FINNSOM Health and Education South Central Somalia
The overall objective of this this Finnish MFA funded project is to contribute to stabilization in South Central Somalia through increasing access to basic services (health and education) and creating employment opportunities for the youth. In pursuit of this objective, IOM will initiate 53 diaspora expert assignments out of which half will work in the health sector and half will be engaged in the education sector. This project aims to improve the capacity of local health and education sector institutions and local health and education professionals in South Central Somalia to provide quality health care and education to the general population.
In order to empower and involve the next generation of Somalis in the efforts of reconstruction of Somalia and proper national ownership and sustainability, IOM will also pair 60 Somali youth with experts from the diaspora. The Somali youth will be placed in internship positions under the supervision of the diaspora experts at relevant institutions.
The diaspora professionals of this project are placed in Mogadishu, Baidoa Garowe and Kismayo. This project continues until February 2022.
The project has collaborated with the University of Helsinki. Experts from the University of Helsinki's Faculty of Education have supported the development of a teacher training program at Somali National University, the country's largest public university.
MIDA FINNSOM Drought Outreach
The MIDA FINNSOM Drought Outreach was started as a part of the MIDA FINNSOM Health project to support the Ministry of Health in Somaliland in dealing with the severe drought situation in early 2017.
The project field teams, comprised of both local and diaspora healthcare professionals, are based in regional hospitals and assist both local residents and internal refugees in the surrounding villages too. The teams provide healthcare checks and basic life-saving care. They also refer the more serious cases to the hospitals. The drought outreach team operates in Wajale in Awdal region of Somaliland.