Migration for Development in the Western Balkans: Evaluation of the EC IPA 2009 Multi-beneficiary programme 2-funded IOM Project (2012)

In October 2012 the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance was awarded the contract to carry out an evaluation of the Migration in the Western Balkans (MIDWEB). The MIDWEB project offers temporary assignment opportunities for 60 qualified professionals who come from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and UNSC Resolution 1244 administered Kosovo, and live permanently in Austria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK. The participants can go back to their countries of origin, for a short period of time to share their skills and expertise and contribute to the development of their country of origin.

The evaluation will assess the relevance, performance and achievements of the MIDWEB project. The final report will be disseminated to all project partners, stakeholders, and donors. The evaluation will comprehensively address both:

  1. Component 1 of the project, i.e., promotion and support of cooperation initiatives between the relevant actors in EU Member States and in the Western Balkans to facilitate the entry of potential migrants to the labour markets in the EU and the Western Balkans, and;
  2. Component 2, i.e., development of measures to facilitate the return of skilled labour forces, reintegrating them into their home society, and supporting the dissemination of newly acquired skills.

These components will both be assessed through a mixed-methods approach that includes a documentation review, interviews, field visits, and focus groups. This type of a project lends itself more towards the use of qualitative data to allow for further depth.

To obtain a copy of the final evaluation report, please contact the IOM Evaluation Department: eva@iom.int

For more information see: http://www.tvrmidweb.org