In 2016, a number of high-level events took place to discuss the necessary changes to the international community’s collective response to fragility, conflict and displacement. They all recognize that the response has to be based on longer-term strategies while recognizing the need for principled humanitarian assistance. The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) priorities for 2016-2017 include strengthening the humanitarian-development nexus in protracted crises and achieving durable solutions to displacement. The 2016 World Humanitarian Summit called for a shift in the way the international community provides assistance to the most vulnerable, including strengthening the humanitarian-development-peace nexus through multi-sector coordinated responses that work towards collective outcomes and durable solutions as well as highlighting as a core responsibility “change people’s lives: from delivering Aid to ending need. This call was augmented by the recent recommendations from the High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing Report to the Secretary General that risk reduction is a collective responsibility by all actors.
In Sudan, the Government, the international community and UNAMID have recognised the need to collectively support durable solutions for displaced populations and host communities. Several efforts to address protracted displacement and to achieve durable solutions have been undertaken in the last years in Sudan and finding durable solutions for displaced is also a strategic priority under the 2017-2019 integrated Strategic Framework for Darfur. However, this has not always happened in a coordinated approach underpinned by collectively agreed macro situation analysis, strategies, plans and tools/methodologies.
The DSWG will enhance the DS agenda in a coordinated way within the international community and UNAMID and with the GoS and the donor community by advising the decision making bodies in the aid community on the directions to be taken on the one hand, and through providing technical expertise (DS strategy / tools / methodology development) on the other hand. This should ensure a unified and integrated position of the HCT/UNCT on durable solutions for displaced populations, which will be guided by the relevant standards and good practices and implementation of which should be conducted through an inclusive process in line with the New Way of Working, in particular with a sustained cooperation with the GoS and donor institutions.
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