The Solutions Alliance was launched in April 2014 to advance a partnership-oriented approach to addressing protracted displacement situations and preventing new displacement situations from becoming protracted. With nearly 60 million refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide, the Solutions Alliance is a platform for development and humanitarian actors to work together – for the benefit of displaced persons and host communities – to find solutions to protracted displacement and to rethink the way we respond to displacement from the start. An inclusive forum, the Solutions Alliance brings together donor and host governments, UN agencies, multilateral financial institutions, civil society organisations, international NGOs, the private sector, and academia. Solutions Alliance has a board of five members. UNHCR is the current chair of the board and Denmark is the co-chair.
The Objectives of Solutions Alliance
The Solutions Alliance seeks to promote and enable the transition for displaced people away from dependency towards increased self-reliance, resilience, and development through three goals:
- Supporting innovative solutions through the development of appropriate strategies, programmes and projects in selected displacement situations.
- Helping shape the global policy agenda to recognise displacement as a development challenge, as well as a humanitarian and protection issue, and to work with governments in affected countries toward the inclusion of displacement issues as a cross-cutting theme in national and local development plans.
- Ensuring that a diverse and growing group of partners form a vibrant network and seek to maximize the impact of their individual efforts.
The Solutions Alliance works through National Groups (currently in Somalia, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia) and Thematic Groups and is looking to expand the range of partners and national groups to ensure a broader network committed to finding solutions to displacement.
What added value can the Solutions Alliance bring?
- 1. It’s a space to exchange views and experiences, align efforts, learn lessons, and strengthen partnerships development, and private sector efforts/actors with those of humanitarians.
- 2. It is an opportunity to inspire existing development programming to include persons of concern and pursue new approaches to solutions.
- 3. It means engagement with non-traditional partners, who may be excluded from existing coordination mechanisms.
- 4. It aims at achieving more than coordination and joint programmes; it is about co-ownership and co-responsibility across key stakeholders on finding solutions for displaced persons.