||The CO agrees with the evaluator's recommendation that the project could be repackaged for a second phase to consolidate the achievements and successes in the areas of policy reform and awareness-creation (as per report Findings 7 and 8). This is necessary in order to upscale the innovations and practices generated under the project, and bridge the benefit gaps resulting from the lack of interventions to improve the quality of life of VoT in terms of economic empowerment (Findings 17, 18, 29 and 33). The evaluator has further recommended an expansion of the focal states from 2 to about 5 to include states in the South-South, Southwest and Northcentral where the menace of irregular migration is endemic. For this purpose, UN Women CO Nigeria embarked on a number of actions for addressing this recommendation by engaging key-stakeholders such as NAPTIP, MDAs and the donor. The CO has drafted and submitted a proposal which builds on report findings 7 and 8, includes Delta State as per analysis of trafficking trends and address the lack of interventions in the previous project in terms of economic empowerment by including an ad hoc component. The proposal has been submitted to the HQ for further action with the funding donor, i.e. the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy.
Beyond the analysis and assessment, and the above mentioned proposal, the CO will identify strategic partnerships and develop joint programme with a focus on supporting women’s economic empowerment to overcome the impact of COVID-19, and amplify women voices and leadership in the recovery process as per recommendations.