ReDSS training on area based approaches to inform durable solutions planning

ReDSS has designed a face-to-face training curriculum on area-based planning to strengthen the capacity of actors involved in durable solutions in the East and Horn of Africa region. The main goal of the training is for practitioners and policy makers to be better equipped to lead and take part in area-based solutions planning for Displacement Affected Communities.  The training was first piloted in Jigjiga, capital of the Somali Regional State in Ethiopia in March 2020 and will be further rolled out in Ethiopia, at the Woreda, regional, and federal levels, as well as in other countries in the region where ReDSS is active to support area-based solutions planning at local levels.

The main learning objectives are for training workshop participants to be able to:

  • Explain the added value of area-based approaches to plan for durable solutions and enhance social cohesion in displacement contexts.
  • Apply area-based approach elements and principles and link them to the durable solutions planning cycle.
  • Explain how to lead and/or take part in context specific, inclusive and government-led durable area-based solutions processes, meaningfully involving a wide range of actors.

Throughout the curriculum specific emphasis is put on:

  • Social cohesion
  • Community engagement
  • Government engagement

Click here for the training guide and here for the training modules and other useful resources

ReDSS COVID-19 adaptation plan and policy brief

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt worldwide and there are growing numbers of cases in the East and Horn of Africa region. As governments struggle to contain the virus and enact emergency public health measures, humanitarian and development partners are also grappling with how to plan for and respond to the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable refugees, IDPs and host communities. ReDSS is supporting members and partners in their response to COVID-19 as well as adapting its own strategy and work plan as presented below.

ReDSS COVID-19 Adaptation strategy (April – June 2020) based on two work-streams:

  • Support ReDSS members and partners to plan for and adapt to COVID-19 through coordination, cross-learning and adaptation based on learning and evidence
  • Continue engagement on the broader durable solutions agenda to maintain momentum and stakeholder engagement to address long-term displacement and solutions issues.

ReDSS COVID-19 policy engagement strategy: The messages are organized around the following themes:

  • Strengthening engagement and mutual accountability with displacement-affected communities
  • Upholding rights and mainstreaming protection
  • Responding to vulnerabilities and needs in camp, camp-like (e.g settlements) and urban settings
  • Strengthening area-based, locally led and integrated approaches
  • Ensuring a dual focus that addresses COVID-19 response within longer-term planning for protracted displacement issues

ReDSS webinar on community engagement and protection of DAC during COVID-19 on April 9th

This webinar focused on discussing:

  • Lessons learnt from Ebola response on community engagement to inform COVID 19 plans and responses;
  • How to communicate effectively and address fears, misinformation and stigma;
  • How to support community led action plans and protection;

Click here for the compiled presentation from the webinar, here for the recording and here for the key takeaways.

ReDSS March bi-monthly update

Greetings from the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS).

We hope that you and your families are keeping safe during this time. ReDSS is supporting its members and partners to adapt to the situation. Upcoming meetings and learning events for the coming months will take place online and ReDSS is working hard to respond to increased online learning demand on specific issues related to COVID-19 and displacement affected communities. ReDSS will send a specific update on this.

In this bi-monthly update, you will find our new online tutorial on Housing, Land and Property in Somalia, our research synthesis paper to inform the implementation of the Global Refugee Compact in Ethiopia, a training package on area based planning for durable solutions programming, and various other update and resources.

Click here for the update

Towards a common research agenda in Ethiopia- A research synthesis paper to inform the implementation of the GCR

This synthesis paper is designed to inform future policy making and programming in relation to Ethiopian government and international support to refugees. Specifically, it aspires to enable the development of a common narrative among the key refugee stakeholders in Ethiopia about how best to support displacement and durable solutions processes
in the country, informed by evidence drawn from existing literature. It is set out in line with the Government of Ethiopia draft ten-year National Comprehensive Refugee Response Strategy (NCRRS), at a time of transition for the Ethiopian refugee operation. The new legal framework passed by the Ethiopian parliament in February 2019 creates significant opportunities for developing a more sustainable and effective response that meets the needs of refugees and the local populations living in proximity to them.

The synthesis paper is also intended to act as an entry point to the significant body of work upon which it draws, analyses, and references. Key documents are noted throughout the text, particularly those that are relevant to the NCRRS. Links for online access to these documents are also provided. The focus of this paper is on current publicly available work, although upcoming studies of particular value are also referenced. All these studies, and more, are included in the Ethiopian government Knowledge Management Database (available here), which has been developed with ReDSS support.

The paper is organised as follows: the 1st section provides a short overview of the current refugee situation in Ethiopia. Following that, the next section highlights key themes, identifies critical research gaps, and makes recommendations for the development of a common research agenda. The remainder of the synthesis paper is the main body of this study, analysing relevant literature across the four objectives of the NCRRS. Finally, a methodology section explaining the process followed to produce this paper is annexed.

This process was conducted in partnership with the Rift Valley Institute and it was guided by a technical advisory group that included ARRA, UNHCR, UNICEF, the World Bank, the British Government, the European Union, DRC, ACF and SOAS. The study was funded by the European Union.

Click here for the full report and here for the executive summary.

Understanding Housing, Land and Property in Somalia

Issues related to housing, land and property more commonly referred to as ‘HLP’ arise in most crises, in conflict, as well as natural disasters. This is especially the case when a crisis is accompanied by significant displacement or when it occurs in a context with long-standing HLP grievances or challenges. Displacement in Somalia for example, is primarily an urban challenge, with the majority of the 2.6 million internally displaced persons living in informal settlements in urban and peri-urban areas. With resources overstretched, Somalia’s cities struggle to cope with the demands of their fast-growing populations and the added arrivals of people fleeing crises in rural areas. Finding affordable housing solutions in emergencies and protracted displacement situations is therefore extremely complex.

With this in mind, this tutorial specifically focuses on:

  • the basic concepts related to HLP rights
  • the relevance of HLP in relation to durable solutions
  • and practical actions aimed at informing HLP interventions in Somalia.

Click here for the 7-min whiteboard animation, self quiz and useful resources. 

ReDSS January 2020 bi-monthly update

In this bi-monthly update, you will find ReDSS annual report which highlights the key achievements and challenges in 2019 and the priorities for 2020, briefing paper with lessons learnt from this region, recently published comparative study which draws lessons learned from Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria, updates and outcomes from the Global Refugee Forum, upcoming workshops and trainings, and other useful resources published over the past few months.

Click here for bi-monthly update.



Forced Migration Review issue on Cities and towns

Cities and towns are on the frontline of receiving and welcoming people who have been displaced. In this issue of FMR, policymakers, practitioners, researchers, representatives of cities and international city-focused alliances, and displaced people themselves debate the challenges facing both the urban authorities and their partners, and the people who come to live there. The issue also includes two ‘general’ articles on other topics.


Multi-stakeholder approach to urban displacement in Somalia- FMR issue on Cities and towns

Cities and towns are on the front line of receiving and welcoming people who have been displaced. In the 20 articles on Cities and towns in this issue of FMR, policymakers, practitioners, researchers, representatives of cities and international city-focused alliances, and displaced people themselves debate the challenges facing both the urban authorities and their partners, and those who have sought refuge.

A number of authors explore new ways of working in urban settings – including area-based approaches, multi-stakeholder partnerships, and city-to-city collaboration – while others offer insights and inspiration from local responses and the perspectives of displaced and host communities. Other authors examine how camp management practices can be applied in urban settings, how resilience can be bolstered by improved communication and information sharing, and how municipal capacity and community dialogue can be strengthened to improve protection in high-risk neighbourhoods. The issue also draws out practical lessons for promoting inclusive climate action, negotiating contested authority, and encouraging urban planning that takes account of both displaced and host community needs.

Click here for our full article on a multi-stakeholder approach to urban displacement in Somalia and here for the full FMR issue on Cities and towns

ReDSS Adaptive management and value for money approaches

Adaptive management involves testing, monitoring, getting feedback, and crucially, making adaptations and course corrections, as necessary.  Effective adaptive management requires a programme to be able to learn, reflect, decide, and then act. ReDSS work is based on an approach that takes the complexity of durable solutions processes as its  starting point. This means that the ReDSS adaptive management approach begins from a position of uncertainty about which outputs are the right ones for getting to outcome-level change, which requires an iterative process of testing and learning. Throughout the year, ReDSS supported its partners consistently to adapt their programme activities based on emerging evidence and analysis. Click below for:

Also click here for a working paper that outlines a set of tools and approaches used in supporting adaptive management; and here for  more resources from the Global Learning for Adaptive Management initiative (GLAM).

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