DSU Newsletter: Finding new approaches to recurring challenges

Welcome to the first issue of the DSU newsletter, a quarterly newsletter which keeps you up to date with the Government Programme on durable solutions and solutions related activities in Benadir. Significant coordination and planning have been undertaken across multiple levels of government alongside our partners and donors; the outcomes of those activities as they relate to the Benadir Region will be highlighted below.

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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. For more information kindly contact Rufus Karanja (r.karanja@regionaldss.org)

New publication: Results and findings from citizen-led discussions on displacement and durable solutions in Mogadishu

This report outlines the first iteration of the Common Social Accountability Platform (CSAP), developed by Africa’s Voices Foundation (AVF) and launched in partnership with ReDSS and the Banadir Regional Administration (BRA) in late 2018. The platform was mobilised for a four-part interactive radio series designed to build public dialogue in Mogadishu on critical displacement topics and to gather public opinion to inform ongoing durable solutions programmes and decision-making. This report documents the results and presents the findings of the interactive radio dialogue pilot project implemented using CSAP.

CSAP is built on an interactive radio method used by AVF: radio debate shows driven by citizen input sent in by SMS, or text messages. CSAP has two primary goals. First, it is designed to tackle a crucial gap in connecting Somali citizens to decision-making by maximising the scale and inclusivity of dialogue between citizens and authorities. Second, CSAP provides a robust digital platform to gather and analyse evidence on citizen perspectives, as articulated in SMS responses and feedback to the specific questions posed during the interactive radio show series. By using one common platform for building social accountability, CSAP intends to strengthen the Somali social accountability ecosystem by engaging citizens in spaces they value, outside the mandate of any single programme or organisation.

Click here to access full report and here for summary PWP

ReDSS 2020 Strategy

The search for durable solutions to the protracted displacement situation in East Africa and the Horn of Africa is a key humanitarian and development concern. This is a regional and cross-border issue, with a strong political dimension, which demands a multi-sector response that goes beyond the existing humanitarian agenda.

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

  • GOAL: Improved durable solutions programming and policies that increases the potential for displacement affected communities to integrate sustainably and to live safe, dignified and productive lives in East and Horn of Africa
  • VISION: Durable solutions for displacement affected communities are achieved through the sustained commitment and collective efforts of diverse actors in East and Horn of Africa

Click here to download ReDSS full 2020 strategy

Somaliland Solutions analysis

The objective of the analysis is to better understand the gaps and opportunities for (re)integration of IDPs. The methodology used the ReDSS Solutions framework matrix and the analysis was developed through a participatory and consensus building approach – including consultations and validation workshops with displacement affected communities, policy makers and practitioners. The analysis was funded by the European Union and the Danish Embassy for Kenya and Somalia.

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1st Evidence week on Re-thinking mobility and displacement in Somalia

The 1st Somali Evidence week aims to support knowledge sharing and research uptake to inform better durable solutions programing and policies based on evidence. The theme this year is on “Re-thinking mobility and displacement in Somalia.” 

The objective is to bring and discuss evidence collected by various stakeholders over the past 2 years on durable solutions and displacement to better understand social changes and aspirations of displacement-affected communities.

Public events will be organized from 25th – 30th November 2018 in Baidoa, Dollow, Kismayo, Mogadishu, Hargeisa and Burao led by national partners using different modalities (roundtables, knowledge fairs, exhibitions, art and culture, etc).

Please click:

  • Here for the concept note with more information
  • Here for the Somali flyer and here for the Somali poster (English version)
  • Here for the Somali flyer here for  poster(Somali version)
  • Here for the Somaliland poster and here for flier (English version)
  • Here for the Somaliland poster and here for the flyer (Somali version)

 

Longitudinal Solutions analyses Baidoa, Kismayo and Mogadishu

Building on the 2016/17 Somalia Solutions analyses, the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS) has commissioned Samuel Hall to:

  1. Review the uptake and impacts of the recommendations from the first Solutions analyses to see to what extent those have informed durable solutions planning, programing and policies, and share lessons learnt
  2. Update the Solutions analyses for Bay, Benadir and Lower Juba, in order to assess progress and challenges since February 2017 and this will be conducted on an annual basis over the next 4 years to have better longitudinal analyses in these locations (the update will be based on the ReDSS solutions framework’s environmental analysis and 8 criteria – not on specific indicators

This exercise will be conducted on an annual basis over the next four years to have better longitudinal analyses in these locations. Through the work proposed, solution-oriented planning and programming will be benefit from the availability of disaggregated data on 1) the aspirations of displacement-affected communities regarding their future and 2) the dynamics and relationships between different groups living in the displacement-affected community. Click here for the terms of reference and open call for tenders. For further information or to be involved in the study, kindly contact Rufus Karanja (r.karanja@regionadss.org).

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

The Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS) has commissioned REACH 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 survey will aim at providing contextualized and evidence-based disaggregated data and information. It will focus on the following:
Aspirations vis-à-vis durable solutions:

  • Respondents’ preferences in terms of durable solutions process (local integration, return, resettlement) and its location
  • The reasons (push and pull factors) that influence their decisions around movement
  • Factors that would contribute to the realization and sustainability of their preferred solution

Dynamics and relations with displacement affected communities:

  • Perceptions of relations within and between different groups within the displacement affected communities (DAC: IDPs, returnees, host community)
  • Perceptions of relations between community members and local institutions
  • Perceptions on other relations/dynamics with the DAC
  • Respondents’ social networks in the displacement-affected community and elsewhere

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.

Click here for the terms of reference and for further information or to be involved in the process, kindly contact Rufus Karanja (r.karanja@regionadss.org).