Aspirations Survey Phase II

Building on the results and analysis of the first annual aspirations survey conducted from June to September 2019 as well as the World Bank’s micro-data analysis and the baseline results of the Danwadaag’s Local (re)integration assessment (LoRA), ReDSS is commissioning the second phase of the aspirations survey to compare data and analysis to the baseline, better understand the context changes and challenges influencing displaced persons’ decisions to either stay in current location or to move elsewhere; so as to inform better durable solutions programing and targeting in Somalia. 

The analysis will compare different groups of IDPs: those living in and out of settlements, displaced by conflict and climate, in male and female-headed HHs, recently displaced and in protracted displacement, displaced once and multiple times as well as host and non-host communities in urban areas. The objective of this second phase is to get a more comprehensive picture of displacement-related issues and dynamics to inform area-based durable solutions programming, complementing existing data and analyses. Click here to download a more detailed ToR.

External Evaluation – Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat

ReDSS commissioned an external evaluation to review the strategy, governance structure and membership to inform its next strategy development process. The evaluation was evidence-based, participatory, included lessons learned, and focused on understanding ReDSS’ success factors. The evaluation covered two key areas: (1) governance and membership and (2) strategy and achievements, and provides lessoned learned and recommendations. The external evaluation is based on extensive literature review, 35 interviews, 67 surveys and 22 stories of the most significant change.

Download the full report of the evaluation here, as well a summary of the findings in PowerPoint format.

Aspirations survey: Listening to displacement-affected communities over time – Baidoa, Dollow, Kismayo & Mogadishu 2019

The aspiration survey seeks to examine the multiple dimensions of vulnerabilities and sense of belonging among IDPs in four major Somali cities, through disaggregated data comparing with host communities and focusing on access to jobs, safety, social cohesion, housing and forced eviction. The analysis compares different groups of IDPs (those living in and out of settlements, displaced by conflict and climate-related reasons, in male and female-headed households, recently displaced and in protracted displacement, displaced once and multiple times), as well as host and non-host communities in urban areas. This information provides a more comprehensive picture of displacement-related impacts and dynamics with the aim to better inform area-based durable solutions programing.  The objectives are to better understand:

  • The aspirations, intentions, and push and pull factors of displacement-affected communities
  • Underlying issues that influence processes of displacement, return, and (re)integration
  • Factors that shape the decisions of people to move and the impact on the wider community

Methodology: It applies a mixed methodology consisting of structured quantitative household interviews and semi structured focus group discussions (FGDs) in each of the target locations. The target sample size for the household level interviews in each location is 500 households, with a total of 2,010 households (658 host community and 1,352 displaced households) surveyed between June and September 2019. All households participated in an in depth quantitative phone interview to create a baseline household survey. In total, 60 FGDs were conducted with participants from both host community and displaced households. Survey group leaders (selected from groups of ten households) also provided key informant interviews (KIIs) on a monthly basis during data collection. The qualitative information from the FGD and KIIs were used to inform the analysis of the household survey findings. The survey will be undertaken on an annual basis for the next 3 years to listen to displacement affected communities overtime to have better data to inform better targeting and programming.

2019/ 2020 report: This is the 1st report of an annual series. The report presents a comparative analysis of data collected from the first baseline of the ReDSS annual aspirations survey conducted in Somalia from June to December 2019 in four locations: Baidoa, Dollow, Kismayo and Mogadishu. It was commissioned by the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS), in partnership with the Danwadaag Solutions Programme, Durable Solutions Programme (DSP) and RE-INTEG consortia partners. It was conducted by IMPACT Initiatives.  Click here for the full report and executive summary, here for the summary PWP and below to access the specific thematic summary extracts:

ReDSS and the research team would especially like to thank representatives of the Somali government at federal level – in particular the colleagues at the Directorate of National Statistics within Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development (MoPIED) – and member states level, the members of the Technical Advisory Committee – UN Resident Coordinator Office (UNRCO), Somalia Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Building Resilient Communities in Somalia (BRCiS), Samuel Hall, Africa’s Voices Foundation (AVF), Monitoring and Evaluation for the Somalia Humanitarian, Health and Resilience Programmes of DFID (MESH), World Bank, Gargaar Relief and Development Organization (GREDO). Most importantly, ReDSS would also like to thank the internally displaced persons, returnees and host community members in Baidoa, Dollow, Kismayo and Mogadishu, who provided information and shared their experiences. The report was edited by Kate McGuinness and the financial support provided from DFID, Danida and the EU.

ReDSS training on area based approaches to inform durable solutions planning

ReDSS has designed a face-to-face training curriculum on area-based planning to strengthen the capacity of actors involved in durable solutions in the East and Horn of Africa region. The main goal of the training is for practitioners and policy makers to be better equipped to lead and take part in area-based solutions planning for Displacement Affected Communities.  The training was first piloted in Jigjiga, capital of the Somali Regional State in Ethiopia in March 2020 and will be further rolled out in Ethiopia, at the Woreda, regional, and federal levels, as well as in other countries in the region where ReDSS is active to support area-based solutions planning at local levels.

The main learning objectives are for training workshop participants to be able to:

  • Explain the added value of area-based approaches to plan for durable solutions and enhance social cohesion in displacement contexts.
  • Apply area-based approach elements and principles and link them to the durable solutions planning cycle.
  • Explain how to lead and/or take part in context specific, inclusive and government-led durable area-based solutions processes, meaningfully involving a wide range of actors.

Throughout the curriculum specific emphasis is put on:

  • Social cohesion
  • Community engagement
  • Government engagement

Click here for the training guide and here for the training modules and other useful resources

ReDSS COVID-19 adaptation plan and policy brief

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

ReDSS webinar on community engagement and protection of DAC during COVID-19 on April 9th

This webinar focused on discussing:

  • Lessons learnt from Ebola response on community engagement to inform COVID 19 plans and responses;
  • How to communicate effectively and address fears, misinformation and stigma;
  • How to support community led action plans and protection;

Click here for the compiled presentation from the webinar, here for the recording and here for the key takeaways.

ReDSS March bi-monthly update

Greetings from the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS).

We hope that you and your families are keeping safe during this time. ReDSS is supporting its members and partners to adapt to the situation. Upcoming meetings and learning events for the coming months will take place online and ReDSS is working hard to respond to increased online learning demand on specific issues related to COVID-19 and displacement affected communities. ReDSS will send a specific update on this.

In this bi-monthly update, you will find our new online tutorial on Housing, Land and Property in Somalia, our research synthesis paper to inform the implementation of the Global Refugee Compact in Ethiopia, a training package on area based planning for durable solutions programming, and various other update and resources.

Click here for the update

Towards a common research agenda in Ethiopia- A research synthesis paper to inform the implementation of the GCR

This synthesis paper is designed to inform future policy making and programming in relation to Ethiopian government and international support to refugees. Specifically, it aspires to enable the development of a common narrative among the key refugee stakeholders in Ethiopia about how best to support displacement and durable solutions processes
in the country, informed by evidence drawn from existing literature. It is set out in line with the Government of Ethiopia draft ten-year National Comprehensive Refugee Response Strategy (NCRRS), at a time of transition for the Ethiopian refugee operation. The new legal framework passed by the Ethiopian parliament in February 2019 creates significant opportunities for developing a more sustainable and effective response that meets the needs of refugees and the local populations living in proximity to them.

The synthesis paper is also intended to act as an entry point to the significant body of work upon which it draws, analyses, and references. Key documents are noted throughout the text, particularly those that are relevant to the NCRRS. Links for online access to these documents are also provided. The focus of this paper is on current publicly available work, although upcoming studies of particular value are also referenced. All these studies, and more, are included in the Ethiopian government Knowledge Management Database (available here), which has been developed with ReDSS support.

The paper is organised as follows: the 1st section provides a short overview of the current refugee situation in Ethiopia. Following that, the next section highlights key themes, identifies critical research gaps, and makes recommendations for the development of a common research agenda. The remainder of the synthesis paper is the main body of this study, analysing relevant literature across the four objectives of the NCRRS. Finally, a methodology section explaining the process followed to produce this paper is annexed.

This process was conducted in partnership with the Rift Valley Institute and it was guided by a technical advisory group that included ARRA, UNHCR, UNICEF, the World Bank, the British Government, the European Union, DRC, ACF and SOAS. The study was funded by the European Union.

Click here for the full report and here for the executive summary.

Understanding Housing, Land and Property in Somalia

Issues related to housing, land and property more commonly referred to as ‘HLP’ arise in most crises, in conflict, as well as natural disasters. This is especially the case when a crisis is accompanied by significant displacement or when it occurs in a context with long-standing HLP grievances or challenges. Displacement in Somalia for example, is primarily an urban challenge, with the majority of the 2.6 million internally displaced persons living in informal settlements in urban and peri-urban areas. With resources overstretched, Somalia’s cities struggle to cope with the demands of their fast-growing populations and the added arrivals of people fleeing crises in rural areas. Finding affordable housing solutions in emergencies and protracted displacement situations is therefore extremely complex.

With this in mind, this tutorial specifically focuses on:

  • the basic concepts related to HLP rights
  • the relevance of HLP in relation to durable solutions
  • and practical actions aimed at informing HLP interventions in Somalia.

Click here for the 7-min whiteboard animation, self quiz and useful resources. 

ReDSS January 2020 bi-monthly update

In this bi-monthly update, you will find ReDSS annual report which highlights the key achievements and challenges in 2019 and the priorities for 2020, briefing paper with lessons learnt from this region, recently published comparative study which draws lessons learned from Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria, updates and outcomes from the Global Refugee Forum, upcoming workshops and trainings, and other useful resources published over the past few months.

Click here for bi-monthly update.