Addressing inequalities: Empowering Burkinabè migrants in Côte d'Ivoire

The MIDEQ Hub in Côte d'Ivoire, IGDP, has garnered media attention for its efforts to identify and combat various forms of inequalities faced by Burkinabè nationals living in Côte d'Ivoire. Through research and outreach, the project has shed light on the issue of unregistered births, which poses challenges for migrants and their children in accessing state resources and recognition as citizens. To bridge this gap, the team plans to leverage media coverage, particularly through the radio, to raise awareness and educate communities on the importance of declaring births and accessing citizenship.

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Promoting awareness through radio broadcasts: Recognizing the power of radio as a popular and accessible medium, the MIDEQ team is strategically planning radio broadcasts to inform and educate communities on the significance of registering births with the civil registry. By reaching out to eight localities visited by the MIDEQ team in Côte d'Ivoire, they aim to disseminate vital information to migrant communities. These broadcasts serve as a crucial platform for discussing citizenship-related matters and engaging community members in dialogue.

Community engagement and discussions: In addition to the radio broadcasts, the MIDEQ team actively conducts meetings with local leaders and community members to foster dialogue and address their concerns. These gatherings provide opportunities for communities to voice their needs, share experiences, and collectively brainstorm solutions to address the challenges faced by Burkinabè migrants in Côte d'Ivoire. Through these interactions, the team aims to build trust, promote community participation, and empower migrants to actively seek the support and resources they require.

Media coverage

This Impact Initiative has received coverage from various local media outlets, bringing attention to their efforts in addressing inequalities faced by Burkinabè nationals in Côte d'Ivoire. This visibility plays a vital role in raising awareness among the general public, stakeholders, and policymakers about the challenges faced by migrant communities. You can view a selection of articles available on digital platforms linked below:

By highlighting the need for birth registration, promoting citizenship education, and extending support to disadvantaged families, the project aims to create sustainable change and empower Burkinabè migrants to access their rights and resources. By working towards these goals, the team aims to foster inclusive societies, advocate for the rights of migrants, and ultimately reduce the inequalities highlighted in their research.

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Photos via MIDEQ Co-I Kando Amédée Soumahoro.