ReDSS fulfills its mandate through four core functions;
Information and Data Management
The Secretariat gathers and synthesizes primary and secondary sources to produce a monthly update, documenting trends, events and statistics on durable solutions, with the aim of maintaining an updated situational overview for the HoA and Yemen. This Secretariat also acts as a resource and information hub through our website and the quality e-library / information portal on durable solutions.
Support and Coordination
The secretariat engages with a broad variety of stakeholders including the Governments of Kenya and Somalia, Department of Refugee Affairs - Kenya, the Somalia HCT and donors. ReDSS will seek to engage with the Tripartite Commission as well. Support will be prioritized to UNHCR Somalia (Durable Solutions Unit), UNHCR Kenya, alongside Dadaab, Kakuma and Nairobi based groups and forums (Somalia NGO Consortium etc.). We will also endeavor to engage with other country based groups outside of the Tripartite Agreement (i.e. Yemen, Ethiopia and Djibouti). Finally, the Secretariat acts as a champion in HoA for the Durable Solutions Initiative (TSI+) global process supporting that development actors engage in the search for solutions.
Capacity Building and Joint Learning
The Secretariat ensures support to capacity building of NGOs in terms of standards around voluntary repatriation, protection etc. Furthermore, the Secretariat supports a number of joint learning events, assessments and researches.
The Secretariat supports regional and national advocacy initiatives both on durable solutions and ‘preservation of asylum/protection space’. ReDSS has participated and will continue to participate at conferences and high level meetings to further our advocacy agenda. Our communication /events strategy supports delivery of key messages.
It is part of ReDSS' mandate to convene periodic contact group meetings to brief members on period progress within the secretariat and to offer a platform for discussion in order to come up with innovative approaches to finding durable solutions and identifying the most effective areas of support. The contact group comprises of the current members of Durable Solutions Working Group invited, but open to all NGOs and engaged agencies (including donors and UN).