Policy Dialogue

The secretariat supports policy processes based on evidence to ensure that durable solutions issues are adequately addressed in policies and funding systems – both humanitarian and development structures while connecting national, regional and global levels.

ReDSS members, through consultations with key stakeholders, national actors and displacement affected communities, have actively engaged in:

The Global Compact on Refugees (GCR)

The Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) was affirmed in December 2018 by the UN General Assembly..  The four key objectives of the GCR are to: (1) Ease pressure on host countries; (2) Enhance refugee self-reliance; (3) Expand access to third-country solutions; and (4) Support conditions in countries of origin for return in safety and dignity. During 2019, several critical processes and events are taking place to flesh out the details of the responsibility-sharing and accountability arrangements for the GCR. These processes are being facilitated by UNHCR in Geneva,  with input from UNHCR regional bureaux and country offices as well as consultations with member states and other stakeholders. On 17-18 December 2019 in Geneva, the processes to define the responsibility-sharing mechanisms and the accountability framework will be concluded at the first Global Refugee Forum (GRF).

The GRF aims are to: (1) Create, develop and strengthen the architecture and arrangement needed to operationalize the GCR over the longer-term; (2) Translate principles of increased solidarity and more equitable burden – and responsibility-sharing into concrete action; and (3) Focus on broadening the support base and arrangements contributing to burden – and responsibility-sharing.  The GRF also serves three concrete purposes in line with the GCR’s Programme of Action: 1) To collect pledges towards the objectives of the compact by states and other actors; 2) To show-case good practice (as a basis for pledging); and 3) To take stock on the GCR implementation. The outcome of the GRF (and the preparatory work) is crucial for the momentum and credibility of the GCR going forward. In particular the pledging segment needs to proof the GCR’s worth in practice, i.e. its ability to mobilize more actors, more resources to support a longer-term development-oriented response in hosting and origin countries and expanded third country solutions.

The Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) process

On September 19, 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants to improve the way the international community responds to large movements of refugees and migrants. The New York Declaration sets out the key elements of a Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (in Annex I) to be applied to large-scale movements of refugees and protracted refugee situations. ReDSS has set-up a CRRF working group open to both ReDSS and non-ReDSS members to ensure coherence and consistent engagement at national and regional levels feeding in the global coordination. ReDSS also brings key discussions raised by the working group to a global level through active participation in the global CRRF reference working group.

Click here for key resources from global, regional and pilot countries to encourage information-sharing and here for a summary presentation on the CRRF.

IGAD Special Summit on Durable Solutions for Somali Refugees and Reintegration of Returnees in Somalia

IGAD held its Special Summit of the IGAD Heads of State on Durable Solutions for Somali refugees earlier in March 2017. The Summit and its expected Comprehensive Plan of Action were convened at a time when almost one million Somalis refugees are displaced within the East and Horn of Africa region. As a result, ReDSS has actively been involved and will continue to support in the implementation of the IGAD’s Results Framework of the Nairobi Declaration. ReDSS has actively been involved in the development of IGAD’s Results Framework which has incorporated similar indicators as those in the ReDSS Durable Solutions Framework. ReDSS has also been engaged in follow up IGAD Stock Taking meetings and Thematic workshops on durable solutions for Somali refugees and returnees. On April 20 -22, 2018, ReDSS was invited to participate in the IGAD’s Stock Taking meeting on Durable Solutions for Somali Refugees. ReDSS made a presentation of how the engagement with IGAD and its member states has created space for open dialogue and learning around durable solutions, local integration, and transitional solutions.

Somali National Develop Plan (NDP) and Durable Solutions Initiative (DSI)

Addressing displacement and achieving durable solutions for IDPs, Refugee Returnees and Host Communities is a key priority for Somalia as reflected in the National Development Plan (NDP). The Durable Solutions Initiative (DSI) was launched in December 2015 during the visit of Prof. Walter Kaelin, Special Advisor to the DSRSG/RC/HC on Internally Displaced Persons in Somalia. Donors and the international community in Somalia are investing in strengthening national and local government capacities to be able to play a leadership and coordination role in durable solutions. ReDSS Somalia Solutions Unit has been providing technical support and joint planning with the Somalia Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) in working towards adoption of the core programming principles and collective outcomes on durable solutions in Somalia.

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Durable Solutions Initiative for the Great Lakes region

ReDSS has been engaging with the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for the Great Lakes Region (O/SEG-GL) in a bid to advance a regional approach towards facilitation of durable solutions within the Great Lakes sub-region. ReDSS will continue to partner with the office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for the Great Lakes Region in order to support policy processes towards solutions and unlocking the protracted displacement situation within the region.