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Implementation of the CRRF in East Africa: Supporting a ‘whole of society’ approach

CRRF processes in the region are contributing to positive changes with a stronger focus on a self-reliance and resilience, integrated refugee-host community programming, engagement of development actors and a commitment to support stronger participation of refugees and host communities in programing and policy processes. But a number of challenges remain to be addressed, with the most important ones being:

  • a disconnect between policies processes versus operational realities with policies changing faster than implementation
  • a disconnect between capitals and districts/ counties level with the urgent need to strengthen and invest into locally led processes
  • support ‘whole of government” approaches to bring line ministries and displacement within national development plans as opposed to processes being solely led by Refugee Agencies
  • ensure that displacement affected communities are engaged in planning and programing
  • address right to work and freedom of movement as core components of self-reliance and resilience programing as without those, refugees won’t be able to become self-reliant
  • essential to effectively integrate host community relations and social integration as a core part of Durable Solution strategies
  • ensure that protection remains at the core of our work including in development programming

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