ReDSS GRF briefing paper “Advancing multi stakeholder engagement to sustain solutions”

Documenting learning and best practice around the CRRF application in the East Africa region through a thematic approach. It highlights learning from new ways of working as well as opportunities that the application of CRRF has enabled in three key areas: (1) return and reintegration; (2) area-based and locally-led approaches; and (3) regional and national level engagement around the CRRF approaches. Country specific examples from Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya as well as the regional level through IGAD are used to illustrate good practice and concrete examples. The paper also addresses gaps and opportunities with recommendations for further development that can be used for planning and policy dialogue beyond this year’s first GRF to support a common agenda around durable solutions programming in the East Africa region. We thank all ReDSS members for their contributions.

  • Click here to download the briefing paper


ReDSS Global Refugee Forum Pledge

ReDSS members developed four pledges that will be presented at the GRF:

  • Area based planning and locally led approach
  • Measuring collective outcomes
  • Rethinking displacement financing
  • Regional and cross-border engagement

Click here for the pledge document.

Lessons learned from the EU REINTEG Durable solutions consortia (2017-2020)

In recent years, momentum at the political and policy levels on durable solutions has been matched by an expansion of the range and scale of durable solutions programming in Somalia. The European Union-funded RE-INTEG Programme (RE-INTEG) is a multi-year programme focused on the sustainable (re)integration of IDPs and returnees in Somalia. RE-INTEG was followed by two further durable solutions-focused programmes: the Danwadaag Solutions Consortium and the Durable Solutions Programme, funded by DfID and Danida respectively, and implemented by many of the agencies engaged in RE-INTEG.

The objective of this report is to document learning and promising practices from the EU RE-INTEG NGO-led programmes.  Its scope is limited to the programmes implemented by the Jubaland Solutions Consortium (JSC), Enhancing Integration of Displacement Affected Communities in Somalia (EIDACS), and Somaliland Durable Solutions Consortium (SDSC) consortia. The learning documented in this report focuses on the following 4 areas:

  • Programme strategy and approach, including the use of the IASC indicators
  • Programme consortium governance structures and coordination within/between consortia
  • Engagement with critical durable solutions stakeholders, particularly government representatives and displacement-affected communities (DACs)
  • Learning and programme adaptation.

Click here for the report and below for 3 case studies focusing on:

ReDSS Ethiopia key messages ahead of the Global Refugee Forum preparations

In partnership with its members, ReDSS has developed a key messaging document to support preparations to participate in government-led GRF consultation processes. It both serves as a guide in terms of coherent messaging during consultative processes but also to key stakeholders (donors, development and humanitarian actors, civil society etc.) to support a common agenda and encourage the development of supporting (joint) pledges and contributions. Messaging for Somalia and Kenya will be shared soon.

Annual aspirations analyses to inform DS programming & policies in Baidoa, Kismayo, Mogadishu, Dollow

The Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS) has commissioned Impact Initiative to develop and pilot a people-centered survey methodology to understand intentions and aspirations vis-à-vis durable solutions, as well as inter-community dynamics and relations, in displacement-affected communities. This will be used annually as a longitudinal survey in Baidoa, Kismayo, Dollow and Mogadishu. Survey data will help to inform the design and adaptation of solutions-oriented policies and programming.

The objectives of the aspirations survey are to better understand:

  • the aspirations, intentions and push and pull factors of displacement affected communities
  • the underlying issues that influence processes of displacement, return and (re)integration
  • the factors that shape people’s decisions to move and the impact on the wider communities

Based on the survey findings, workshops will be conducted bringing policy makers and practitioners together to inform collective analysis/ common understanding of the different factors that shape displacement, return and (re)integration in Somalia to adapt and improve durable solutions programing:

  • What are profiles, aspirations, intentions and push and pull factors of host, returnees and IDP populations?
  • What are the underlying issues that influence processes of displacement, return and (re)integration?
  • What factors shape people’s decisions concerning displacement, return and (re)integration in these 4 locations?
  • What is the impact of displacement, return and (re)integration on the wider community?
  • Priorities and recommendations would also be used to inform and contribute to National Development Plan, draft National Policy on Internal Displacement, local development and urbanization/space planning documents and other appropriate policies.

The information coming from the survey will be reviewed together with stakeholders to inform a common understanding and develop joint analysis and recommendations to adapt programs. The aspirations survey is not intended to monitor the 28 IASC/ReDSS solutions framework indicators. This is done through the solutions analysis using secondary data available. The survey will not be able to inform IDP figures in the locations as only selected displacement affected communities will be part of the exercise.

Click here for the one pager, click here a comparative analysis and summary presentations of the findings from Kismayo, Baidoa and Mogadishu. For more information, kindly contact Rufus Karanja

ReDSS Update on the Global Refugee Forum

Click here for a special update, you will find information on the preparations for the Global Refugee Forum (GRF), recent IGAD 2nd Inter-Ministerial Stocktaking Meeting and other upcoming events and useful resources.

ReDSS Global Refugee Forum Briefing Paper

Click here for a ReDSS briefing paper that outlines the background, opportunities and suggestions for strategic civil society engagement ahead of the Global Refugee Forum.

Online evaluation on ReDSS research and learning products

ReDSS would like to invite you to participate in a very short online evaluation that we are conducting in order to help us assess how our various partners are using our research and learning products. Please click here to participate in the evaluation. It takes only 5 min max!

This feedback is critical to ensure that we are able to measure the impact of the tools and to further improve them based on your needs.

We look forward to your participation and feedback!

Kenya discussion on long-term solutions for Daadab Refugee Camp

Click here for ReDSS solutions paper for Dadaab, which aims at providing discussion points and recommendations in support of long-term solutions for displacement affected communities in Dadaab. The paper highlights 4 main solutions:
  • Return and (re) integration in Somalia – invest in sustainable reintegration based on lessons learnt from 2016/2017
  • Explore viable alternatives to encampment to support greater socio-economic inclusion with favorable outcomes for both refugees and host communities
  • Support host community and local authorities on the impacts that the closure of Dadaab would have for them (economic, social, environmental including on existing infrastructure and services)
  • Call for international responsibility sharing and use of the Global Compact on Refugees

New publication: Solutions analysis update 2019- Mogadishu, Kismayo and Baidoa

Click here for full report with executive summary, here for overall solutions frameworks and here for summary PWP presentation (the report has an interactive table of contents with clickable links for each section)

  • PART A of the report reviews progress and challenges related to durable solutions planning and programming. Discussion is structured around four key durable solutions programming principles: 1) area-based planning; 2) sustainable (re)integration; 3) collective outcomes and coordination; and 4) government engagement. It also includes eight case studies that reflect key lessons learnt from practice.
  • PART B offers an updated criteria rating for each of the locations based on the ReDSS Solutions Framework

A workshop on April 30th was organized in Mogadishu to discuss key findings and recommendations and reflect on how to inform and adapt durable solutions programming. Similar workshops will be held in Kismayo and Baidoa with local authorities and stakeholders in  June.  This research was conducted in partnership with the EU RE-INTEG, Durable Solutions Programme and Danwadaag Solutions Consortium partners, with the financial support from ECHO, Danida and DFID.