This inter-agency assessment mission was conducted as part of the first phase of a RRR Integrated Response Planning Framework to promote sustainable Return and Reintegration through a multisectoral and early recovery approach. Um Baru locality was selected, based on the 2016 Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) prioritization and key informant interviews, to put into practice and further develop the return response framework (see Annex Mission Guidance Package).
The response consists of three interlinked and overlapping phases (Planning, Kick-start, Recovery and sustainability) that cover immediate needs as well as middle and longer-term elements necessary to allow people to permanently return to their place of origin. To enable appropriate responses to critical needs in areas of return while ensuring maximum impact and VfM, all IASC sectors have agreed to pilot phase I and II and to respond to the needs of returnees through an area-based approach in Um Baru locality by allocating funds for at least 1 project per sector.
The response framework combines the efforts of different actors supporting sustainable return, and links strategic objectives under the HRP, UNDAF and DDS. The six expected outputs are safety and security at return sites, voluntariness of return, initial food and NFI assistance on arrival, access to basic services, and livelihoods and income-generation activities.
Mission objectives were to: