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Inspire Project concludes promoting innovative skills partnerships for sustainable development

01 March 2024

*Eastern Partnership region, *Western Balkans, Africa

On February 20, the Inspire Project concluded its two-year implementation with a closing event in Brussels, organised by ICMPD. Seventy-two participants (online and in-person) were brought together to reflect on the journey and accomplishments, including representatives from the public and private sectors of Inspire's focus countries, national and international organisations, migration specialists, and the European Commission.

The event shed light on Inspire's innovative methodology and practical outcomes. Central to the project's strategy was the co-designing of partnerships, leading to the developing of two skills partnership schemes targeted at the digital and green industries. The first scheme aims to enhance Georgia's technology and innovation ecosystem by supporting startups and accelerators through a circular migration model in collaboration with France and Germany. The second scheme bridges Ghana and Germany, facilitating education-to-employment pathways, notably through traineeships and apprenticeships. This collaborative process involved dialogue among a broad range of public and private stakeholders to align on solutions that address the needs of both labour-sending and receiving countries.

Experts at the closing event highlighted the critical role of connecting skilled migration with training and educational investments in countries of origin, aiming to prevent brain drain while promoting sustainable development. Partners involved in building the partnerships highlighted how Inspire's inclusive approach in co-designing the schemes reflected the varied national interests and needs. Challenges related to engaging the private sector of destination countries in skills partnerships were discussed, alongside measures to alleviate employer reservations. The discussions delved into innovative models that meet migrant and employer needs through public-private training initiatives.

Key takeaways from the event emphasised the need for simplified bureaucratic processes, establishing direct educational-to-industrial pathways, and integrating local skill development into foreign investments. The early involvement of the private sector was identified as essential for fostering trust and collaborative efforts in skills partnerships.

The Inspire Project showcases the significance of collaboration and innovation in addressing labour challenges across migration corridors. Its approach to creating skills partnerships, rooted in mutual benefits and sustainable growth, provides insightful lessons for future initiatives.