Dear colleagues,
Greetings from the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS) Somalia country unit.
In this monthly update, you will find ReDSS COVID-19 adaptation strategy and policy brief, ReDSS quarterly outcomes report, upcoming events and other useful resources on COVID-19 published over the past months.  
Quarterly progress review (January- March)

Please see here the ReDSS quarterly outcomes report and here summary PwP that highlights progress and challenges as well as key priorities for the next upcoming quarters.

COVID-19 response update

ReDSS with the support of our members has developed a number of documents to be able to support in the COVID-19 response:

ReDSS COVID-19 Adaptation strategy (April – June 2020): This is based on two work streams: 1) Support ReDSS members and partners to plan for and adapt to COVID-19 through coordination, cross-learning and adaptation based on learning and evidence 2) Continue engagement on the broader durable solutions agenda to maintain momentum and stakeholder engagement to address long-term displacement and solutions. Click here for the ReDSS regional strategy.

ReDSS COVID-19 policy brief: This brief has a set of key messages organized around five themes to inform and adapt responses and support strategic engagement by ReDSS members including coordination forums with key stakeholders. Click here for the ReDSS regional brief and here for the ReDSS Somalia brief.

Presentations on COVID-19 adaptation strategy to Somalia Donor Working Group: ReDSS and the Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) were invited to the Somalia Humanitarian Donor Working Group to share on COVID-19 response and durable solutions programmes adaptations to COVID-19. Click here for the joint ReDSS-RCO presentation on ‘COVID-19 response and displacement in Somalia’ and here for the ‘Common messages on COVID-19 engagement with authorities.’

Research, analysis and knowledge management

Update on ongoing researches:
Contested land: study on land governance, urbanization and forced displacement in Somalia (Baidoa, Kismayo and Mogadishu): The final report will be published in May 2020 and ReDSS will organize a webinar together with the World Bank, NRC, RVI and Prof. Ken Menkhaus in late May 2020.
Listening to displacement-affected communities overtime – understanding intentions and aspirations in support of durable solutions (Baidoa, Dollow, Kismayo and Mogadishu): The report will also be published and disseminated in early May 2020.

Update from partners:
IDMC study on ‘Urbanisation of drought displacement in Somalia’:
The study examines displacement associated with drought in Somalia and the ways in which the phenomenon has affected urbanization in the country. It also seeks to contribute to a better understanding of policies and programming for durable solutions. The study focused on three cities: Burco, Galkayo and Qardho. Click
here to access the study.

Programme support and capacity development
ReDSS webinar on community engagement and protection of displacement affected communities during COVID-19 response: The webinar was attended by 112 participants drawn from  UN/INGO operational partners, donors, researchers from Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. Click here for the compiled presentation, here for the recording,  here for a specific presentation on Somalia and here for the key take aways from the webinar.

Area-based curriculum for practitioners and policymakers: ReDSS has developed a curriculum on area-based planning as part of efforts to strengthen the capacity of actors involved in durable solutions planning in the East and Horn of Africa region. The modular training material covers two to two days and a half workshop content targeting practitioners and policy makers at the local level. Click here for the specific training modules and here for the training guide. ReDSS plans to roll out the tools in Somalia through an online training workshop in June. For more information kindly contact Salma Abdullahi (

ReDSS Locally led strategy: ReDSS has developed this strategy in order to support locally-led durable solutions processes. The strategy has a result framework with key indicators to monitor on locally-led processes under each of the ReDSS pillars. In the next quarter, ReDSS will be working with its members to develop an implementation plan of the strategy and to inform the monitoring of the indicators. Click here to see the strategy.

JIPS webinar on composite measures for analyzing durable solutions - practitioner's reflections from global and field levels:  The webinar featured a presentation from Danwadaag’s consortium Local Integration Index (LoRI) which takes a contextual approach to measure, monitor and evaluate the progress of programme beneficiaries towards local (re)integration. Click here to read the outcomes of the webinar, here for the presentations and here for the webinar recording.
Policy dialogue
ReDSS Somalia Policy Workshop: 21 (18 male; 5 female) ReDSS members (SCI, NRC, CWW, IRC, CARE, DRC, ACF, Mercy Corps, INTERSOS, WVI) participated in the workshop. Three policy themes/processes were identified that will inform the ReDSS Somalia policy strategy and key messages. These are: national durable solutions strategy; area-based approaches; housing, land and property and forced evictions. Click here to access the presentations from the workshop.

UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement: The High Level Panel on Internal Displacement established in October 2019 is calling for submissions from practitioners and partners on best practices and lessons learnt on addressing internal displacement. The submissions are to inform the High Level Panel’s recommendations report which they will be submitting to the UN Secretary General. The submissions deadline is 8th May 2020. Click here to see the Call for Submissions guidelines and for more information about the Panel.

Useful resources
Upcoming coordination meetings Upcoming webinars
  • Webinar on ‘How to support integrated programming for durable solutions?’ (Somalia-focused) in May 2020. For more information contact Rufus Karanja:
  • Webinar on land governance in Somalia in late May 2020. More details to be shared later. For more information contact Rufus Karanja:
  • Webinar on ‘How to plan for and measure self-reliance?’ (regional-focus) in early June. For more information contact Patience Kiara:

COVID-19 useful resources  Other useful resources
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