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Recognising Nairobi’s Refugees

Urban solutions and programming | November 2017 | NRC

This report provides a snapshot of the challenges urban refugees have experienced—generally from 2014 onwards—obtaining documents from the Government of Kenya or UNHCR in Nairobi that recognise their status as refugees. It also explores the significance of these documents to refugees and the consequences that flow from lack of documentation.

Livelihoods in displacement

Self-reliance/ refugees’ economies | September 2017 | ODI

Over 65 million people are currently displaced, including more than 21 million refugees to date. 86% of the world’s refugees are being hosted in developing regions. This paper sets out to identify the different ways in which the lives and livelihoods of refugees residing outside camps in protracted displacement can be better supported. It also explores varying opportunities to better support refugees’ livelihoods.

Durable Solutions in Practice

Local integration and transitional solutions | September 2017 | GCER

This handbook aims at providing a practical methodology for a bottom-up approach to durable solutions planning, based on durable solutions targets identified by displacement affected communities at decentralized level, in post-conflict or post-disaster settings. It is developed in response to the feedback received on the use of the Preliminary Operational Guide on Durable Solutions which was published in 2016 in implementation of the 2011 Decision of the Secretary-General on Durable Solutions calling for guidance in developing durable solutions strategies for IDPs and returning refugees.

Breaking the impasse

Internal displacement | August 2017 | OCHA

This study presents evidence that protracted internal displacement is primarily a development and political challenge with humanitarian elements. Displacement-affected countries will not be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals—including critical goals on poverty, education and gender equality—without addressing protracted internal displacement. According to the authors, a new approach is needed to address both the short- and long-term needs of IDPs and host communities. Governments, development and humanitarian actors and donors must work together to achieve context-specific, clear and measurable collective outcomes that reduce vulnerabilities and support solutions to protracted internal displacement. The proposed approach echoes many of the key elements put forward in the New Way of Working, which calls for the pursuit of collective outcomes that reduce needs, risk and vulnerability.

Daadab Returnee Conflict Assessment

Return and reintegration processes | August 2017 | DDG/DRC

This study explores the expected impact of the return of up to 260,000 Somali refugees on conflicts and social and political tensions in Somalia. The purpose of the report is to provide Somali authorities and international humanitarian actors with guidance to ensure assistance to and policies toward returnees are conflict-sensitive and do not accidentally trigger violence.

Internal displacement and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development

Internal displacement and development | July 2017 | IDMC

This briefing paper focuses on the 2030 Agenda principle of “leaving no one behind” and how countries can ensure displacement does not undermine the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Donors must step up support for South Sudanese refugees

Political economy and discourse on displacement and solutions | June 2017 | Amnesty International

More than 900,000 refugees have fled the brutal conflict in South Sudan and sought safety in Uganda with over 1000 refugees arriving each day. This briefing paper documents some of the impacts of the funding shortfall in Uganda. It mainly calls on donors to urgently meet financial needs and support for technical assistance required to support Uganda’s progressive refugee policy.

Smart Communities

Role of private sector in displacement | June 2017 | Mastercard & Western Union

The size and longevity of many refugee camps across the world are indicative of the permanent rather than transient nature of displaced populations. However, the financial infrastructure in these communities, particularly in banking, payments and remittances, remains inadequate. This report combines the strategic and data-driven research expertise of Mastercard and Western Union to detail the current state of refugee settlement economies and set out a plan to improve financial service delivery.

Shelter in displacement

Solutions in urban contexts | June 2017 | Forced Migration Review

This review looks at the complexity of approaches to shelter both as a physical object in a physical location and as a response to essential human needs. It also contains seven ‘general’ articles on other forced migration topics.

The Global Compact on Refugees Explained

Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) | June 2017 | ICVA

The New York Declaration calls for the development of two new global “compacts” to be adopted by the UN General Assembly in late 2018, one on refugees, the other for safe, orderly and regular migration. This briefing paper provides a better understanding on the Global compact on refugees.