Advocacy and Policy

The secretariat initiates and supports advocacy and policy processes based on evidence to ensure that durable solutions issues are adequately addressed in policies and funding systems – both humanitarian and development structures while connecting national, regional and global levels.

ReDSS members, through consultations with key stakeholders, national actors and displacement affected communities, have actively engaged in:

The Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) process

On September 19, 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants to improve the way the international community responds to large movements of refugees and migrants. The New York Declaration sets out the key elements of a Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (in Annex I) to be applied to large-scale movements of refugees and protracted refugee situations. ReDSS has set-up a CRRF working group open to both ReDSS and non-ReDSS members to ensure coherence and consistent engagement at national and regional levels feeding in the global coordination. ReDSS also brings key discussions raised by the working group to a global level through active participation in the global CRRF reference working group.

Click here for key resources from global, regional and pilot countries to encourage information-sharing and here for a summary presentation on the CRRF.

IGAD Special Summit on Durable Solutions for Somali Refugees and Reintegration of Returnees in Somalia

IGAD held its Special Summit of the IGAD Heads of State on Durable Solutions for Somali refugees earlier in March, 2017. The Summit and its expected Comprehensive Plan of Action were convened at a time when almost one million Somalis refugees are displaced within the East and Horn of Africa region. As a result ReDSS has actively been involved and will continue to support in the development of the IGAD’s Results Framework of the Nairobi Declaration. ReDSS has actively been involved in the development of IGAD’s Results Framework which has incorporated similar indicators as those in the ReDSS Durable Solutions Framework.

Somali National Develop Plan (NDP) and Durable Solutions Initiative (DSI)

Addressing displacement and achieving durable solutions for IDPs, Refugee Returnees and Host Communities is a key priority for Somalia as reflected in the National Development Plan (NDP). The Durable Solutions Initiative (DSI) was launched in December 2015 during the visit of Dr. Walter Kaelin, Special Advisor to the DSRSG/RC/HC on Internally Displaced Persons in Somalia. Building on recommendations provided by Dr. Kaelin, the scope of the DSI was widened to include Returnees and host communities in September 2016, following the announcement by the government of Kenya of the closure of the Dadaab camp. Donors and their implementing partners in Somalia are investing in strengthening national and local capacity to understand displacement and sustain solutions. ReDSS Somalia Solutions Unit will particularly focus on developing a common learning and knowledge management strategy in support of the NDP’s resilience and displacement pillar and as part of the DSI.

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Durable Solutions Initiative for the Great Lakes region

ReDSS has been engaging with the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for the Great Lakes Region (O/SEG-GL) in a bid to advance a regional approach towards facilitation of durable solutions within the Great Lakes sub-region. ReDSS will continue to partner with the office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for the Great Lakes Region in order to support policy processes towards solutions and unlocking the protracted displacement situation within the region.