Special Advisor on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Walter Kaelin discusses with Somalia’s Deputy Prime Minister, key Ministers, the Banadir Regional Administration, UN senior leadership and the international community on the way forward to implement durable solutions for those affected by displacement.
Professor Kaelin has been working with the Somali Government, UN leadership and the International Community since 2015 on guiding the country towards finding durable and sustainable solutions for those affected by displacement.
During his last mission in August, he visited affected communities in Baidoa, Kismayo, Dolow and Mogadishu to check on the progress and assess remaining challenges. The findings of the mission have now been discussed together with the Deputy Prime Minister and key ministers to pave the way to more inter-ministerial collaboration in addressing internal displacement on Durable Solutions.
He also met with the newly appointed Mayor of Mogadishu, Abdirahman Omar Osman, to specifically discuss the situation of IDPs in and around Mogadishu and what interventions are needed to support them, immediately and over time. This is an important step towards durable solutions for IDPs in Mogadishu after evictions in late December 2017 threatened the protection of the affected people by displacing them again.
Prof. Kaelin’s visit comes timely as Somalia just launched its first Resilience and Recovery Framework (RRF) – a plan that marks the willingness of the Government and the International Community to make Somalia famine resistant. The framework is based on an assessment of the needs and impact of recurrent drought in Somalia and aims to provide guidelines on how to start recovering from the damages of drought while working on making Somalia stronger and more resilient towards crises. The framework particularly addresses durable solutions for internally displaced, refugee returnees and host communities, as drought remains the main factor for the continuing displacement crisis in Somalia.
The Durable Solutions Initiative aims to design, fund and implement durable solutions in a coherent and coordinated way. It embodies an important mindset shift in the way durable solutions are approached in Somalia and takes into consideration everyone that is affected by displacement, including host communities. With this new comprehensive approach, the initiative fosters collaboration between humanitarian, development and state/peace -building actors under the leadership of the government.