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18 Dec 2020

Economic Assistance Guidance for Prottasha Project

Sustainable economic reintegration of irregular migrants returning from the European Union countries to Bangladesh is a challenge due to the diversity of the economic and social backgrounds of the returnees. To address this challenge, the project Bangladesh: Sustainable Reintegration and Improved Migration Governance, also known as the Prottasha project, led by the Government of Bangladesh, is being implemented by IOM in partnership with BRAC. Funded by the European Union, the Prottasha project aims to provide individual or collective tailored economic reintegration support to ensure improved livelihoods and income opportunities for 3,000 Bangladeshi returning migrants. 

A detailed guidance document is necessary in the implementation of the economic reintegration activities for returnees whose social, economic and geographic backgrounds are highly diverse. The first part of this economic reintegration guidance document presents tools and elaborates on the process to identify the best reintegration option aligned with individual needs, develop support plans and implement tailored individual assistance for the returnees. The second part includes the detailed legal and operational governance structure that complies with the relevant laws and regulations of the Government of Bangladesh, operation models, and basic business plans for developing and maintaining community enterprises for long-term sustainable livelihood of returning migrants. 

  • List of tables
  • List of figures
  • List of acronyms
  • Executive summary 
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Individual assistance for economic reintegration
    • 2.1. Individual assistance description 
    • 2.2. Beneficiary categorization and resource allocation 
    • 2.3. Economic opportunities for individual assistance
    • 2.4. Individual economic assistance options
  • 3. Tools and steps for implementing individual economic assistance (for field staff)
    • 3.1. Step 1: beneficiary profiling
    • 3.2. Step 2: selecting a tailored economic reintegration option
    • 3.3. Step 3: developing an individual economic assistance plan
    • 3.4. Step 4: validation, approval and finalization of economic assistance/ transfer of in-kind assistance 
    • 3.5. Step 5: asset transfer to the beneficiary (in-kind assistance) 
    • 3.6. Step 6: follow-up support
    • 3.7. Step 7: monitoring and reporting
  • 4. Collective economic reintegration assistance
  • 5. Risks and mitigation strategies for individual assistance
  • 6. Community enterprise description
    • 6.1. Objective and scope
    • 6.2. Legal structure
    • 6.3. Operation model
    • 6.4. Governance structure
  • 7. Skeleton business plans of proposed businesses for community enterprises
    • 7.1. Background 
    • 7.2. Skeleton business plans for proposed community enterprises 
    • 7.3. Inception steps for the community enterprise
    • 7.4. Community enterprise policies and processes
  • 8. Annexes
    • 8.1. Economic profile and assistance option selection tool
    • 8.2. Assistance planning tool for businesses/income-generating activities 
    • 8.3. Job assistance planning tool
    • 8.4. Activity or output monitoring tool for economic assistance
    • 8.5. Migration forums