Dear colleagues,
Greetings from the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS) Somalia country unit.
In this bi-monthly update, you will find updates on COVID-19 response, upcoming displacement financing study, key take aways and presentations from recent webinars, upcoming events and useful resources on COVID-19 and other resources published over the last two months.  
Mid year progress review (January- June)

Please see here the Somalia 6 months summary power point and here our regional one: with a context analysis, summary of key achievements, challenges and priorities until end of the year.

COVID-19 response update
ReDSS webinar on 'How to support integrated programming for COVID-19 response as part of long-term focus in Somalia?': 23 participants drawn from ReDSS Somalia members and partners attended the webinar convened in May 2020. Click here for the compiled presentation, here for the key take aways from the webinar.
Research, analysis and knowledge management

Listening to displacement-affected communities overtime – understanding intentions and aspirations in support of durable solutions (Baidoa, Dollow, Kismayo and Mogadishu): ReDSS in partnership with IMPACT Initiatives, Danwadaag Consortium, Durable Solutions Programme (DSP), EIDACS and the Jubaland Solutions Consortium are pleased to share the final report.  See here the full report and here a summary presentation detailing the methodology and findings. ReDSS is also translating the report to Somali and will share it once its ready.

Displacement financing study: ReDSS in partnership with key stakeholders is commissioning an operational study on the displacement-financing architecture looking at what types of financing are required to fund solutions to displacement. Somalia is one of the focus countries. See here the ToR with more information. The World Bank, UNHCR, ODI, OECD/UNDP and a few others are part of the regional Technical Committee and we plan to have a country level committee for the Somalia case study. Many thanks to those of you that have already indicated interest to be part of the Technical Committee. To be involved in this study or to get more information, please contact: Catherine Osborn:

Programme support and capacity development
Advancing self-reliance in East Africa:  ReDSS in partnership with Refuge Point and the Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative (RSRI) co-convened a webinar in June on Advancing refugee self-reliance in East-Africa: The role of measurement. ReDSS will continue to engage with Refuge Point to provide trainings on the self-reliance index as well as on graduation model and self-reliance and measuring progress. A community of practice at regional level will also be created and ReDSS Somalia will be working with its members and durable solutions partners to invest in a graduation agenda in Somalia.  Please see the compiled presentation, key takeways and the webinar recording. For more information on this and the community of practice, contact Patience Kiara: 

Cross country learning and experience sharing initiative - Somalia, Ethiopia and South Sudan: In the last month, ReDSS has worked internally on identifying opportunities for cross-country learning and experience sharing, leveraging on the various expertise of partners and programmes in Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan. In the next months, ReDSS will provide learning and capacity development opportunities on early solutions programming with specific focus on: conflict sensitivity, area-based approaches, government engagement, peace building and measuring durable solutions processes. More details on this initiative will be shared in the upcoming weeks. For more information, please contact Anna Geller:

Policy dialogue
ReDSS Somalia Policy engagement strategies: In the last two quarters, ReDSS has worked with its members to develop country level policy engagement strategies that can support strategic and coordinated engagement by ReDSS and our members in durable solutions processes. For Somalia, the priority themes of engagement identified were: 1) National Durable Solutions Strategy; 2) Area-based and locally-led approaches and 3) Housing, land and property (HLP). Early solutions and preparedness as well as the impact of COVID-19 and other emergencies on the durable solutions agenda were identified as cross cutting and are to be mainstreamed across all policy themes. ReDSS will continue to support members through the use of evidence and learning to engage in policy dialogue and work with national and local authorities, UN partners and donors to support multi-stakeholder engagement to advance durable solutions.

Challenges and opportunities from the application of the CRRF in East Africa: ReDSS Regional Policy and Coordination Specialist, Cate Osborn recently spoke with the EU Research Evidence Facility (REF) about key learning and status on the application of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya and opportunities for engagement based on the 2019 brief developed to inform a common post Global Refugee Forum (GRF) agenda. Click here to see the interview.

Somalia government’s submission to the UN High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement: ReDSS, the Resident Coordinator's Office (RCO) and NRC have been working with MoPIED in the development of a Somalia submission to the IDP High Level Panel. The submission features best practices, challenges and recommendations on solutions programming focusing on themes such as: government coordination; displacement data; housing land and property; accountability to displacement-affected communities; early solutions efforts on flood prevention and development funding. The final government submission will be shared and uploaded on the High Level Panel website. Click here to see the ReDSS submission and here for all the various submissions done to the panel.
Useful resources
Upcoming coordination meetings, trainings
  • ReDSS Regional Policy Working Group meeting on 20th August 2020, 9.00 - 10.30 am EAT. For more information contact Cate Osborn:    
  • Durable Solutions Working Group on 26th August 2020 from 2.30 - 3.30 pm EAT. For more information contact Teresa del Ministro: and Abdullahi Hassan:
  • ReDSS Regional Quarterly Core Group meeting on 26th August 2020 from 10.00 - 12.30pm EAT. For more information contact Aude Galli:
  • Technical DS Training for Jubaland authorities on 15 - 16 September 2020 (TBC). More information to be shared soon. Contact Abdullahi Hassan:
Upcoming webinars
  • MESH-DFID | Webinar on COVID-19 impact in Somalia on 20th August 2020 from 2.00 pm EAT. For more information, contact Fatima Osman: To register, click here
  • RVI | Webinar on Political transition in Somalia: options and opportunities for consensus-building  on 20th August 2020 from 2.00 - 3.30 pm EAT. To register, click here

COVID-19 useful resources Other useful resources
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