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The Next Generation of Aid Workers Gets Hands-on in Ghana

Since 2010, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Ghana has welcomed students for an eight-week summer practicum, bridging the gap between the academic and professional divide. Forged as part of a partnership with Syracuse University, located in upstate New York, USA, this study abroad programme allows the next generation of aid workers to take classroom principles and apply them in a field setting, with guidance from seasoned IOM staff members. “This internship programme is a win-win for IOM in Ghana and the Syracuse students. Their remarkable enthusiasm and knowledge leave a lasting impact,” according to Dyane Epstein, Chief of Mission, IOM Ghana.

 

Migrants and hosts working together to stem disasters in Myanmar

Well-known as a theatre of internal displacement caused by long-standing civil conflict, Myanmar’s south-east region is also exposed to significant risk of natural disaster. Sandwiched between Thailand and the Andaman Sea, this long and narrow stretch of land is exposed to severe annual flooding that regularly causes tens of thousands of people to flee, as well as landslides and a moderate risk of tsunamis and cyclones.