Policy Dialogue

Engagement in policy processes and support for government-led structures

ReDSS in Somalia has been engaging in various policy processes at both the Federal and regional member states levels. The engagement contributes to policy dialogue using the evidence generated from the different durable solutions consortia programming (RE-INTEG, DSP, DFID-funded DS programme). ReDSS has achieved this through engagement in:

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 how the international community responds to large movements of refugees and migrants. The New York Declaration sets out the critical 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 critical 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 when almost one million Somalis refugees were displaced within the East and Horn of Africa region. As a result, ReDSS has actively been involved and will continue to support implementing IGAD’s Results Framework of the Nairobi Declaration. ReDSS has actively been engaged in developing IGAD’s Results Framework, which has incorporated similar indicators as those in the ReDSS Durable Solutions Framework. ReDSS has also been involved 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 presented 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.

Somalia Partnership Forum

ReDSS contributed to the Somalia Partnership Forum (SPF) in Brussels, Belgium on 16th and 17th July 2018 by supporting the Somalia NGO Consortium to participate in the Side event on Displacement and Durable Solutions on behalf of its members. ReDSS was also part of the NCRI-led Taskforce preparing for the Side Event and contributed to developing the ‘Brussels 8 Point Plan on Somali Displacement’ with critical commitments made by the Federal Government of Somalia. Please see here the ReDSS/ NGO Consortium statement presented at the side event and here for the key outcomes and communique of the forum.

SDRF Resilience Pillar Working Group and Migration Displacement and Durable Solutions (MDDS) sub-group

The Somalia government established the Resilience Pillar Working Group in 2017, under the Somalia Development and Reconstruction Facility (SDRF) as a coordination platform to ensure that resilience funding and resilience coordination are actioned in support of the goals and vision of the Resilience Chapter in the National Development Plan (NDP). The working group works with the national and international partners in mobilising and allocating funding for resilience activities outlined in the NDP. It consolidates and coordinates the work of all relevant stakeholders in resilience building in Somalia to enhance coordination and information sharing.

A sub-group on Migration Displacement and Durable Solutions was established under this Pillar to support the Resilience Pillar in the overall coordination and realisation of the vision and goals of the NDP in regards to migration, displacement and durable solutions. ReDSS has been providing technical support on learning to the MDDS sub-group co-chairs and ensuring that the evidence generated from ongoing durable solutions programmes informs the sub-groups Annual Work Plan and solutions planning in Somalia.

Durable Solutions Initiative (DSI)

As reflected in the National Development Plan (NDP), addressing displacement and achieving durable solutions for IDPs, Refugee Returnees, and Host Communities is a crucial priority for Somalia. Prof. Walter Kaelin, Special Advisor to the DSRSG/RC/HC on Internally Displaced Persons in Somalia, launched the Durable Solutions Initiative (DSI) in December 2015 during his visit. Donors and the international community in Somalia are investing in strengthening national and local government capacities 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) to adopt the core programming principles and collective outcomes on durable solutions in Somalia.

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