The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt worldwide and there are growing numbers of cases in the East and Horn of Africa region. As governments struggle to contain the virus and enact emergency public health measures, humanitarian and development partners are also grappling with how to plan for and respond to the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable refugees, IDPs and host communities. ReDSS is supporting members and partners in their response to COVID-19 as well as adapting its own strategy and work plan as presented below.
ReDSS COVID-19 Adaptation strategy (April – June 2020) based on two work-streams:
- Support ReDSS members and partners to plan for and adapt to COVID-19 through coordination, cross-learning and adaptation based on learning and evidence
- Continue engagement on the broader durable solutions agenda to maintain momentum and stakeholder engagement to address long-term displacement and solutions issues.
ReDSS COVID-19 policy engagement strategy: The messages are organized around the following themes:
- Strengthening engagement and mutual accountability with displacement-affected communities
- Upholding rights and mainstreaming protection
- Responding to vulnerabilities and needs in camp, camp-like (e.g settlements) and urban settings
- Strengthening area-based, locally led and integrated approaches
- Ensuring a dual focus that addresses COVID-19 response within longer-term planning for protracted displacement issues