ReDSS and its members have established a Durable Solutions Unit for Somalia to champion the search for durable solutions for the over 1.5 million IDPs in Somalia and the over 900,000 Somalis hosted as refugees in neighbouring countries. Since 1st November 2016 to date, 926,000 persons have been displaced due to drought within Somalia according to PRMN.
The past year has seen considerable progress on the solutions agenda for Somalia and the region. The IGAD’s Nairobi Plan of Action, the designation of Somalia situation as part of the CRRF roll out countries, incorporation of durable solutions within the Resilience Pillar of Somalia's National Development Plan (NDP), development of a National Policy on Refugees & IDPs for Somalia, appointment of a Special Advisor to the DSRSG/RC/HC on IDPs and establishment of a Durable Solutions Initiative (DSI) have been significant policy achievements in the search for durable solutions for displacement affected communities in Somalia.
The Somalia Unit will strengthen ReDSS partners' capacity and programming, based on research and evidence to support comprehensive solutions for displacement affected communities in Somalia. It has been established to capitalize on the significant policy shifts and catalyze a collective multi-sectoral approach to enable durable solutions for the displacement affected communities across Somalia. The Unit will build on the solutions analysis and capacity development work that ReDSS started in 2016 in Somalia.
The launch will convene relevant stakeholders in Somalia to reflect on the displacement challenges in Somalia and strengthen collective action towards durable solutions for displacement affected communities. A detailed agenda of the launch by early next week. Kindly RSVP attendance to (email@example.com) by CoB Friday, 17th November 2017.