ICGLR Regional Learning and Research on Development Responses to Displacement in the Great Lakes Region

Overview


Project Great Lakes Region Displaced Persons and Border Communities Project
Funded by The World Bank
Implemented by The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR)
Objective To support regional learning on development responses to forced displacement
Timing 2018 – 2021
Status Project has kick-started the implementation
Components  (1) Regional Learning, (2) Regional Research, (3) Management & Institutional Capacity Building

Background


Displacement is a regional challenge… Displacement is a major and regional challenge for the Great Lakes Region (GLR). While it presents obvious humanitarian challenges, solutions also require innovative development approaches. Many countries in the GLR are already moving towards policies that promote medium-term planning for inclusive displacement responses. The project aims to generate knowledge, experience sharing and research that can underpin this innovation throughout the region.
Addressed at the regional level by ICGLR… The ICGLR has been addressing the challenge around displacement since its inception. As one of the sub-region’s preeminent regional institutions, the ICGLR has specifically committed to (i) promoting policies aimed at disaster prevention, protection, assistance and to search for durable solutions for refugees and IDPs, as well as their environment and (ii) promoting relevant policies to guarantee access to basic social services by the populations affected by conflicts and effects of natural disasters. ICGLR also has potential to undertake research activities on forced displacement through the Levy Mwanawasa Regional Centre (LMRC) for Democracy and Good Governance, in Lusaka.
…Supported by the World Bank… The World Bank supports the ICGLR Secretariat and the LMRC with a four-year project to undertake regional learning and research on Development Responses to Forced Displacement. Priority topics have been identified through wide consultations and are listed below. A Project Coordination Unit is implementing the project.
And an Advisory group of partners. A Project Advisory Group will provide the opportunity for partners (i) to improve the technical quality of the project by enabling relevant and timely input from key stakeholders into the project activities and (ii), to create a link between the project activities and wider policy dialogue platforms and other activities on development responses to forced displacement in the region.

Regional Learning Topics

1.     Learning-purposed review of government, institutional and governance arrangements for development responses /solutions to forced displacement in the region

2.     Harmonisation of the legal framework on local integration: nationality laws, civil registry, framework for the economic and social status of displaced population

3.     Connecting livelihood and displaced persons to wider national and regional markets (Livelihoods), displaced populations as economic actors, issue of mobility and sources of growth in the region

4.     Harmonisation of data, data collection and analysis relating to local integration

5.     Land issues – Support to the Technical Sub-Committee on Land

6.     Attracting donor and private sector funding for development responses to forced displacement

7.     Implementing sustainable return & reintegration processes

8.     Implementing alternative to camps approach in GLR: Constraints and opportunities<

Regional Research Topics

1.        Quantifying the impact of displacement on host communities and on social cohesion

2.        Documenting good practices across the region (knowledge banking)

3.        Land issues – Study to support the Technical Sub-Committee on Land

4.        Analysis of local integration legal frameworks (documentation, naturalisation, ‘model law’)

5.        Labour intensive sources of growth in the region (urban/rural, migrants/refugees)

6.        Impacts of forced displacement on women, youth, children and other vulnerable groups and development strategies for protection

7.        Harmonisation of data, data collection and analysis relating to local integration

8.        Implementing alternative to camps approach in GLR: Constraints and opportunities

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