The Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS) was created in March 2015 with the aim of maintaining a focused momentum and stakeholder engagement in the search of durable solutions for displacement affected communities in East and Horn of Africa. It comprises 13 NGOs: ACTED, CARE International, Concern Worldwide, DRC, IRC, INTERSOS, Mercy Corps, NRC, OXFAM, RCK, Save the Children, World Vision and LWF with DRC, IRC and NRC forming the steering committee

ReDSS is not an implementing agency but a coordination and information hub acting as a catalyst and agent provocateur to stimulate forward thinking and policy development on durable solutions. It seeks to improve joint learning and research, advocacy and policy dialogue, capacity development and coordination.

Overall Goals & Objectives

ReDSS’ goal is to improve programming and policy in support of durable solutions for displacement affected communities in East and Horn of Africa. In order to do so, four main pillars have been identified as core focus areas:

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    Research & knowledge management

    The secretariat acts as a resource and information hub promoting a culture of learning and reflection that leads to improvements in durable solutions programming and policies

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    Capacity development

    The secretariat contributes to strengthening the capacity of practitioners and policy-makers on durable solutions in the region, with a focus on local actors and authorities that can sustain locally owned solutions

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    Policy influence

    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

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    Coordination (internal and external)

    The secretariat supports internal and external coordination to ensure synergies and maximize opportunities

Key figures on displacement in the region

13.1 million

Total number of estimated displaced people

4.4 million

Total number of estimated refugees

8.7 million

Total number of estimated internally displaced people

Sources of Figures