Innovative Reintegration and Sustainable Employment (iRISE) is a project implemented by ADRA Ghana and funded by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GiZ) to help curtail the unemployment crises in the country. 

The iRISE Project commenced in June, 2019 and ended on October 31, 2020. It is an undertaking that seeks to assist in the reintegration of returned migrants into sustainable vocational, technical and other economic ventures that enhances their livelihoods, impacting their families and their communities at length. 

Specifically, the project targeted the following numbers and types of beneficiaries: 100 returnees from Germany and other countries who have limited or no access to employment opportunities; and 700 potential migrants (non-returnees): Unemployed youth in the returnees’ communities of origin in the Ashanti, Bono, Bono East, Western and Greater Accra regions.


% increase in targeted returnees and potential migrants who are gainfully employed by 2020
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% targeted returnees and potential migrants who have received business start-up package by 2020.
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% targeted returnees and potential migrants who accessed basic re-integration support services (i.e. health insurance, temporary accommodation) by 2020.
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Hi, my name is Delali Adwoa Attakey. I am a 37-year old single mother born in Suhum, a town in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Currently, I stay at Ashaley Botwey, Accra. I have always dreamed of owning a business in catering services—cake making and sugar-craft, but financial resource to acquire the skill and toolset was a challenge. A family member informed me about the support being offered by the GIZ/Ghanaian-German Center for Jobs, Migration, and Re-integration. So, I registered my request with the center. The center, through ADRA, has supported me to acquire skills training in cake making and sugar-craft at EKGS, a catering school in Accra.
So far, the training has been very insightful and beneficial. I have not completed my training but I am getting contracts to do cakes for clients’ weddings, birthday celebrations, among others. I had no prior knowledge about cake making but through GIZ-iRISE Project, I have the confidence to say that no matter how complicated a client wants his/her cake designed, I can do it and even exceed the client's expectations. I must say that the training has not been without a challenge. The coming in of COVID-19 distorted the training schedule. I was supposed to complete the training by July, 2020 but due to the measures taken by the government of Ghana to prevent the spread of the virus, the school had to close down for a while. All other things being equal, I will graduate in December, 2020.
Delali Adwoa Attakey
37 years
Business Set-up
Ashaley Botwey, Accra.
"People used to call my family names such as 'idle people'. However, due to the assistance offered by GIZ-iRISE Project, they have stopped the name calling because we now have enough resources to work with"
Alhassan Munaya
32 years
Business Setup (Retailing)
Tanko Junction-NIC Top, Anyaa, Accra.
"I traveled to Germany because of limited job opportunities in Ghana. Now, with the support from GIZ-iRISE Project, I want to employ the youth in my businesses to prevent them from embarking on dangerous journeys in search of overseas jobs"
Kwabena Mensah
35 years
Business Setup (Cold store -retailing of fish and meat)
Nsawam Adoagyiri.