Background

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/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 is comprised of 14 NGOs: ACF, ACTED, CARE International, Concern Worldwide, DRC, IRC, INTERSOS, Mercy Corps, NRC, Oxfam, RCK, Save the Children, World Vision, LWF and ACF. DRC, IRC and NRC form the ReDSS steering committee.

ReDSS is a coordination and information hub that acts as a catalyst and agent provocateur to stimulate forward thinking and policy development on durable solutions for displacement. ReDSS seeks to improve joint learning and programming, inform policy processes, enhance capacity development and facilitate coordination in the collective search for durable solutions.

Overall Goals & Objectives

ReDSS’ goal is to improve programming and policy in support of durable solutions for displacement affected communities in East and Horn of Africa. In order to do so, four main pillars have been identified as core focus areas:

  • null

    Research & knowledge management

    To increase the availability, accessibility and utilization of relevant and timely analysis and information on durable solutions

  • null

    Programme support and capacity development

    To provide high quality support on programme development and design; collective monitoring; and learning that adds value to collective programming on durable solutions by ReDSS members and partners

  • null

    Coordination (internal and external)

    To facilitate and undertake constructive and influential policy dialogue with key national and regional policy actors and processes in the East and Horn of Africa

  • null

    Policy dialogue

    To act as an inclusive, collaborative, coordinated hub for quality information, analysis and learning on durable solutions.

Key figures on displacement in the region

13.1 million

Total number of estimated displaced people

4.4 million

Total number of estimated refugees

8.7 million

Total number of estimated internally displaced people

Sources of Figures