Recommendations on Durable solutions for the Global compact on refugees

Durable solutions are an essential element of global refugee response and governance founded in human rights. Forced displacement violates human rights and undermines human dignity and human development potentials. Bringing an end to forced displacement is crucial for affected human beings but is also of benefit for societies and States. Durable solutions are critical to the sustainability of development – both as a catalyst for development and as mitigation of potential negative impacts of prolonged displacement. This brief highlights six key priority areas and 10 recommendations related to durable solutions for refugees that should be reflected in the Programme of Action of the Global Compact on Refugees. It draws on our collective history as operational organizations, our engagement in the global policy dialogues, and our experiences in CRRF pilot and non-pilot countries. In developing the Programme of Action, we ask Member States to expand the availability to all three durable solutions and to ensure solutions are comprehensive and high quality.

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Advocacy brief on making the Global Compact on Refugees work for all women and girls

Approximately half of the total number of refugees are women or girls. To meet the promise of the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants, the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and its Programme of Action must specifically address their rights and needs at every stage of displacement. This brief presents recommendations from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) committed to refugee responses that advance gender equality and respond fully to the concerns of refugee women and girls. Extensive consultation with refugee women and girls throughout the development of the GCR is also vitally important.

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Brief on the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) Process

Displacement in Eastern Africa is predominantly of a protracted nature. At the end of May 2017, there were almost 13 million people displaced in the region- with 4 million refugees mostly from South Sudan and Somalia, and at least half are children. More than one million children have fled escalating violence in South Sudan, so almost one in five children. Although most have been displaced for several years or even decades, few have durable solutions prospects such as returning to their home, being integrated into their host communities or settle elsewhere. We have a collective responsibility to challenge our structures and systems to do more and better together in the search for durable solutions for displacement affected communities in the region. This is why the CRRF processes in the region are critical to ensure that we address displacement and solutions differently. This change requires political resolve, long-term investments and a multi-sectorial rights and needs based programming approach to work towards prevention and solutions to reduce displacement levels. We, ReDSS members, commit to work together and to be collectively held accountable for the implementation of our commitments as stipulated in the brief below.

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ReDSS/ Somali NGO Consortium brief on self-reliance and resilience

As highlighted in ReDSS Somalia Solutions analyses for Lower Juba, Bay and Benadir, the lack of absorption capacities and the lack of reintegration support beyond the return package, there is a high likelihood that most of the returnees will head to the already overstretched and under-resourced IDP camps. The majority of the returnees are not going back ‘home’ but to urban centres. As we know, return is not a solution, reintegration is and to be successful, reintegration needs to build on self-reliance and resilience programing. IDPs and returnees are highly vulnerable to drought due to their lack of connectedness and so difficulty to borrow and to access markets, little social cohesion and connection to host communities, part of minority clans, etc. This brief addresses the question of how to support self-reliance and resilience of returnees and displaced communities in Somalia in the current humanitarian situation.

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Statement on Uganda Solidarity Summit 2017

ReDSS welcomes the Solidarity Summit on Refugees taking place on the 22nd – 23rd June, 2017 in Kampala, Uganda. The Summit is a key opportunity for the international community and partners to support Uganda’s tremendous effort in implementing its progressive refugee policy model despite hosting large numbers of refugees. Uganda has been hosted displaced populations for decades and is Africa’s largest refugee hosting country with a total of over 1.2 million refugees, ranking  among the top three refugee hosting nations in the world. ReDSS calls on the international community to provide adequate long-term and predictable political and financial support to Uganda and its people in such ways that improve inclusive access to services, economic opportunities and infrastructure for all. ReDSS also calls on the international community and IGAD to redouble efforts to address the root causes of displacement and urgently find political solution to the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

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Brief on early solutions for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

Since the conflict erupted in South Sudan in December 2013 and famine was declared on 20 February 2017, over 1.5 million South Sudanese have been forced to flee, out of which 885,818 are hosted in Uganda making it the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis. Uganda is considered exemplary for its favourable ‘out of camp’ policies for refugees, which includes freedom of movement, right to work, land for each refugee family to settle and cultivate, access to public services and access to travel and identity documents. Uganda’s inclusive refugee policy anticipates empowering refugees to become economically self-reliant while granting them many of the same privileges that nationals enjoy. While there is no denying that Uganda has been a leader among refugee host nations, it is also critical to continue to support the country to address key challenges especially due to the recent massive South Sudanese refugee influx. A solutions-oriented approach must inevitably have a primary focus on building refugee self-reliance and resilience in the country of asylum. This brief presents key steps on how the international community can promote, support and facilitate solutions processes in Uganda in the early stages of displacement.

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Brief ahead of DFID/ IGAD/ EU Ministerial event on supporting refugees and host communities

The New York Declaration’s on Refugees and Migrants, agreed to the need for an improved global response to the refugee and migrant crisis through greater responsibility sharing for hosting and supporting the world’s refugees. This meeting which was held on the sidelines of the 11 May Somalia Conference, mainly focused on how the international community can improve its collective response to protecting refugees in the Horn and East Africa. Key discussions included questions on how the international community can provide a clearer roadmap in fulfilling their responsibility to a better response to protracted refugee situations. This will support countries and communities that host refugees in improving asylum space, integrated access to services, inclusive economic opportunities and infrastructure for all. The meeting complements other major multilateral initiatives such as the March 2017 IGAD Summit, the June Solidarity Summit in Uganda and discussions held under the German Presidency of the G20 and Italian Presidency of the G7. It will also serve as a key milestone in reviewing progress against donor and government commitments in preparation for the 2017 UN General Assembly.

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