Policy dialogue is one of the four ReDSS strategic pillars in support of the overall goal to improve programming and policy in support of durable solutions processes so that displacement-affected communities live in safety and dignity in the East and Horn of Africa. The overall objective of ReDSS’ Policy dialogue pillar is to “facilitate and undertake constructive and influential policy dialogue with key local, national and regional policy actors and processes in the East and Horn of Africa”.
Policy dialogue is not a standalone objective or activity but is also mainstreamed across the three other ReDSS pillars (Research and Analysis, Technical Support and Coordination). The focus for ReDSS is the use of evidence, learning and analysis to influence policy dialogue through engaging in key policy processes and with key actors.
Policy dialogue for ReDSS has both internal and external dimensions in terms of how ReDSS supports our members and engages as a Secretariat across two outcomes:
- Outcome 1: ReDSS serves as a platform for engagement for members and trusted and inclusive facilitator on the durable solutions agenda in the region.
- Outcome 2: Ensure evidence and learning including those generated by ReDSS and its members is used to inform and support the development of policy processes.
Since 2015 ReDSS and its members have managed to create a space to talk about durable solutions, and, initiated and engaged in policy processes and programming solutions. ReDSS has also engaged with development actors and donors contributing to a shift in addressing protracted displacements. ReDSS has acted as a coordination and information hub contributing to improved joint learning and programming for durable solutions. In particular, ReDSS and members have engaged in constructive and influential policy dialogue with key national and regional policy actors and processes at the local, national, regional and global levels. The focus has been both on strengthening the policy reach, access and impact of ReDSS members and providing timely, evidence-based policy advice for use by ReDSS members and policy actors.