ReDSS 2021 annual report and 2022 Outlook

The operational environment in 2021 for durable solutions in the Horn of Africa region was reflective of the global shift that happened in 2020 with the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic. For displacement affected communities (DACs), the majority continue to live in protracted displacement situations as their host countries’ political and economic climates deteriorate. The shrinking pool of resources has also reduced programme reach and scope for practitioners in displacement and durable solutions. In contrast, political constraints have, in some instances, threatened operations. Despite these challenges, some hard-fought gains were realised across the region, reflecting the resilience of the DACs and the organisations working to ensure the realisation of durable solutions.  

As a regionally-based and regional serving secretariat, ReDSS had to navigate disparate challenges in its operations across the region. However, these challenges have also opened up opportunities for reflection on our work, in-country priorities and most importantly, ReDSS’ catalytic role to its members and other durable solutions stakeholders – key among them, the DACs.  

We are pleased to share the ReDSS Annual Report, which highlights the operating context in 2021 and our Workplan in 2022.

What’s Inside

The two-part report contains a retrospective look at our operations internally and work at the country level as well as the focus for 2022 and beyond.

  • Part 1 – outlines our achievements across the four pillars -Research and Analysis, Policy Dialogue, Capacity Development and Coordination. It also offers reflections across the pillars per country and at the regional level, which inform part of our priorities for 2022. It also highlights operational changes, especially on the constitution of staff.
  • Part 2 – outlines our ambitions for 2022 and beyond, which include a refined strategic direction and overall approach flanked by the country and regional workplans.

ReDSS work and achievements are made possible through the active engagement and generous contributions from its members and funding partners (UK FCDO, SDC, EU, ECHO, and DANIDA). ReDSS would like to thank them for their continued generous support and commitment to durable solutions in the East and Horn of Africa region.

ReDSS 2020 annual report: Achievements, challenges and way forward

Displacement is a development issue with humanitarian components so it is essential to ensure complementarities and synergies between humanitarian, development, peace and state building programing to inform collective outcomes.


The year 2020 has been a particularly unique year for individuals, organisations and other entities worldwide, owing to the impacts of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The pandemic continues to have far-reaching impacts in the East and Horn of Africa region and specifically on displacement affected communities who lack access to basic services and economic opportunities. ReDSS has continued to support its members and partners in ensuring that durable solutions programming and decision-making processes at both national and regional levels are informed by knowledge and evidence.


The ReDSS 2020 annual report presents a review of ReDSS pillars; research and knowledge management, programme support and capacity development, policy dialogue and coordination, and presents key achievements, challenges and opportunities to work on in 2021. The report also highlights key outcomes of ReDSS external evaluation and communications audit, both carried out in 2020.


Download the annual report as well as the PowerPoint presentation on the ReDSS 2020 annual review and 2021 priorities.

ReDSS work and achievements are made possible through the active engagement and generous contributions from its members and funding partners (UK FCDO, EU, ECHO, and DANIDA). ReDSS would like to thank them for their continued generous support and commitment to do more and to do better together in the search for durable solutions in the East and Horn of Africa region.

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

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.


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).

IGAD DRDIP Quarterly newsletter December 2019

In this Issue you will find:

  • Consultations with Somalia government and key stakeholders on capacity and institutional support for area-based development (ABD) in areas of return and reintegration
  • IGAD RSFDMM trains Member States on the spatial analyses, geo-tagging and application of geo-spatial innovations
  • The Nairobi Process: Second stock-taking meeting and the role of IGAD DRDIP in coordinating implementation of the Nairobi Declaration

Click here for the newsletter.

ReDSS quarterly update- October 2019

In this quarterly update, you will find information on the aspirations surveys in Somalia, research process in Ethiopia, refugee bill in Kenya, preparations for the Global Refugee Forum in December, key upcoming learning events and conferences, and finally resources published over the past months.

Click here for the update.

Regional program learning workshop, Nairobi, June 26-27

Collective efforts in the search for durable solutions have led to long-term programming with long-term funding for different organisations working in this area. There has been increased more engagement from development actors who are committed to support both displaced and host communities in various ways. Together with leadership from regional organisations such as IGAD and respective national governments, actors have been able to monitor progress on being made with the implementation the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) and address related challenges. Nevertheless, better understanding in development programming is still required to fully comprehend what protection means and how to measure progress towards durable solutions with regards to the needs of displaced communities.

In June 2019, the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS) organised a learning workshop in Nairobi. The purpose of this workshop was to discuss emerging trends in durable solutions programming in the Horn of Africa. The objectives of the event were to create a common agenda and understanding on durable solutions, with expert stakeholders, which would also help in setting the agenda for the first Global Refugee Forum (GRF) to be held in December 2019. During the two-day workshop, panel discussions and working groups were used to discuss thematic and process-oriented issues in durable solutions programming.

Over 100 participants from government, humanitarian and development actors, academia and private sector from Kenya, Somalia, Uganda and Ethiopia attended the event. Click here for the workshop report, here for outcomes and here for the agenda, various presentations and participants’ list.