IOM announces migration reporting initiative

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), through its regional office for West and Central Africa, has launched a call for contributions to its “Reporting Migration” initiative.


The Reporting Migration initiative promotes journalism on migration in West and Central Africa to support fair and accurate media coverage on the subject.


For its first edition, the initiative invites authors in West and Central African countries to submit content including written articles, photo stories and videos on the link between COVID-19 and migration in West and Central Africa.


Submissions will be reviewed and evaluated based on quality, originality, and relevance. The selected submissions will be published on the IOM platforms and the top five will receive a stipend of an amount equivalent to 100 Euros.


Only participants from, and based in the following countries are eligible: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal.


For picture and video submissions, the authors are expected to submit a link to a selection of a photo-journalistic project accompanied by a description.


The focus should be on the link between the COVID-19 pandemic and any of the following aspects of migration in West and Central Africa:


  • COVID-19, migration, and health.


  • COVID-19, migration, and development / socio-economic impact of the pandemic.


  • COVID-19, migration, and security.


  • COVID-19, migration, environment and climate change.


  • COVID-19, return migrants and reintegration of migrants.


  • COVID-19, migration, mental health, and psychosocial support.


IOM only accepts original productions. No content that has been previously published or submitted will be accepted.


The content which can be submitted in French, English, or Portuguese, would be published and disseminated on the various IOM digital platforms with credit to the author.


Authors are invited to submit articles of up to 1,000 words using this form.