Twelve months after they committed to pursuing a regional approach to the Somali refugee situation, Member States of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) came together in a high-level stocktaking meeting in Kenya, Nairobi. Reaffirming their commitment to taking practical steps towards comprehensive responses guided by the comprehensive refugee response framework (CRRF), they underscored the critical role of the Federal Government of Somalia to foster effective coordination between government line ministries and federal states, and to ensure coherence at policy and technical levels in finding solutions for IDPs, returnees and refugees, in line with Somalia’s National Development Plan.
IGAD and CRRF actors in Somalia are working on assessments for area-based development, with World Bank funding ($3million) which aims to support Somali authorities to define appropriate development responses at federal, state and local government levels. All IGAD Ministers at the stock-taking meeting presented their CRRF national roadmaps/National Action Plans and agreed to finalize them by the end of 2018. Following the first successful thematic meeting on Education in Djibouti in December 2017, they also committed to hold the second regional thematic meeting on refugees within six months, on the subject of livelihoods and economic growth in refugee-hosting areas.
Read the full communique here.