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 with DRC, IRC and NRC form the ReDSS steering committee.It 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 and 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:

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    Research and analysis

    To support a collective research agenda and increase use of research and analysis to inform durable solutions policy and programming

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    Capacity development

    To strengthen capacity, collective monitoring and learning on durable solutions and leverage members’ expertise

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    Policy dialogue

    To bring members and partners together to learn and coordinate on research, policy and practice on durable solutions

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    Coordination

    To bring members and partners together to learn and coordinate on research, policy and practice 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