Durable Solutions in Migration

Durable Solutions in Migration


October 2021

​Women, men, girls and boys who are forced to leave their home have to adjust to a new environment, find ways to earn their living while trying to stay healthy and safe. They have the universal right to a durable solution, be it through return, resettlement or local integration. According to the IASC Framework on Durable Solutions, ‘a durable solution is achieved when people who were internally displaced (as well as forcibly displaced persons in general) no longer have any specific assistance and protection needs and can enjoy their human rights without discrimination on account of their displacement status’.

In order for solutions to be sustainable and adapted to the context, they need to be nationally owned and locally led involving humanitarian, development and peace actors. This Newsletter features insights from different actors on ways to support efforts towards Durable Solutions in specific contexts and provides access to resources and tools. Durable solutions are also an important topic dealt with in the recent Report by the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement which was launched on ​September 29th, 2021.

O​n this page, we get insights from different actors on ways to support efforts towards Durable Solutions, get access to resources and tools and hear country-specific experiences. ​


Durable Solutions in a Nutshell 

The Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS) focuses on durable solutions to the protracted displacement situation in East Africa and the Horn of Africa, acting as a coordination and information hub. It is comprised of 14 international NGOs. ​ Watch the video of ReDSS on Durable Solutions and more resources:


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Durable Solutions in Practice

How Uganda’s West Nile Municipalities Are Integrating Refugees 

By Samuel Mabala, Florence Lozet, Cities Alliance ​

The reception, management, and integration of refugees outside camps poses a huge challenge for secondary cities like Arua in Uganda. This article highlights the approach of the Cities Alliance and SDC to improve and adapt structural and institutional mechanisms of the city administration to deal with these challenges.

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Supporting Durable Solutions and a NEXUS Approach in Iraq

By Marjolaine Greentree - SDC, Regional Protection Advisor and Corinne Duriaux - SDC Junior Programme Officer 

More than three years after the defeat of ISIL, 1.3 million Iraqis remain displaced and 1.7 million are at risk of secondary displacement. In response, a nexus-based durable solutions architecture was established. With a diversified approach, SDC contributes to this innovative structure, making Iraq one of the few places where durable solutions are actually implemented. 

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Advancing Durable Solutions for IDPs in secondary cities in Burkina Faso

By Stephanie Loose, Chief Technical Advisor Burkina Faso country office, UN-Habitat

Burkina Faso faces a large-scale internal displacement crisis with more than 1.3 Mio people displaced. This has resulted in small and intermediate cities having their populations doubled or even tripled. Many people are living in unplanned and inadequate living conditions. UN-Habitat implements a pilot project in four cities in Burkina Faso, financed by the EU. The project is building local capacity on local inclusion of IDPs, promoting cross-sectoral, area-based and inclusive approaches for improved living conditions for the most vulnerable through access to housing and services. 

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Inclusion of Internally Displaced Persons in Adama City, Ethiopia

By Efrem Amdework and Florence Lozet, Cities ​​Alliances 

Adama city in Ethiopia is increasingly struggling to absorb migrants and displaced persons. This article describes a project by the Cities Alliance with the support of SDC to enhance the capacity of the City Administration in receiving, managing, and integrating Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

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Examples From Area-Based Approaches in Somalia and Ethiopia​

By Martine Pochon, Regional Advisor for the Greater Horn of Africa 

At the end of August, the GP2.0 Initiative on Internal Displacement, organized a round table discussion, as part of the Summer Events, inviting RC/HCs, Heads of RC Offices, Coordination Officers and UNCT members working in countries affected by internal displacement to explore specific questions linked to their roles and responsibilities.

ReDSS the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat based in Nairobi - produced a Background note to the event, using the examples from area-based approaches in Somalia and Ethiopia. ​

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A Refugee Lens for Investing in the Horn of Africa

By Tim Docking, Managing Director, Refugee Investment Network

The private sector is being called on to play a more active role in addressing persistent challenges and creating new opportunities related to forced displacement. The following article presents an innovative private sector approach being taken by the Refugee Investment Network to support forcibly displaced communities in the Horn of Africa.

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(Video) Community based planning fort he benefit of both -IDPs and host communities

By Martine Pochon, Regional Advisor for the Greater Horn of Africa

The Somali Region of Ethiopia hosts around 900’000 IDPs. Many were forced to leave their homes due to climate change. This video shows how a project can benefit both IDPs and host communities through a community based planning. 

The project, implemented by IOM, supported the Somali Region in the development of its Durable Solution Strategy and action plan. It is part of a broader engagement of Switzerland in the framework of the Ethiopian Durable Solution Initiative, aimed at supporting the continuous efforts by the Ethiopian government to address the challenges of internal displacement. 

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Achieving Child-sensitive Durable Solutions​

Laurent Grosbois, Senior Programme Advisor/Migration & Displacement Initiative, Save the Children

To complement the already excellent existing Durable Solutions tools with a more child-focused approach, Save the Children developed a Durable Solutions for Children Toolkit. 

It allows practitioners to build evidence-based and child-focused, long-term solutions and advocacy interventions.

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UNHCR's anti-xenophobia campaign

Rocío Castañeda, Communications and Public Information Officer, UNHCR

UNHCR’s “Somos Panas Colombia” anti-xenophobia campaign promotes the socio-economic integration of Venezuelan refugees and migrants. Through its initiative #WorkingTogether, it highlights the economic contribution of Venezuelans to the country and offers an Orientation Guide to connect them with companies and new job opportunities. Most importantly, the campaign provides key information to facilitate access to the Temporary Protection Status, which will regularize Venezuelans in Colombia and set a promising pathway to sustainable livelihoods.

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GP20 Compilation of National Practices to Prevent, Address and Find Durable Solutions to Internal Displacement

​See compilation here »

OCHA Breaking the Impasse

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IASC Framework on Durable Solutions for internally Displaced Persons

See framework »​​

Linking Durable Solutions to the Triple Nexus

See research briefing p​aper »​

Durable Solutions Analysis Guide

A Tool to Measure Progress towards Durable Solutions for IDPs

See Guide​ »

See more ​related publications »