USAID Webcast: Djibouti Declaration and Its Impact on USAID
February 7 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
ECCN is happy to support USAID by hosting this special webcast on the Djibouti Declaration and its implications for USAID.
The webcast will take place on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7–8 a.m. (EST). Invitations to participate are being emailed to USAID and U.S. Department of State staff; more information for ECCN members will be made available in February.
A New Global Compact for Those Fleeing Violence, Seeking Safety
The Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (Background)
In the face of record-breaking numbers of people being forcibly displaced across international borders in search of a better life—notably millions of Syrians fleeing towards Europe, South Sudanese escaping internecine violence to northern Uganda, Rohingya bolting to safety in Bangladesh, and Somali refugees sheltered in northeast Kenya—U.N. member states felt compelled to take action.
On 19 September 2016 following extensive consultations 193 member states signed the New York Declaration: a set of commitments to enhance the protection and well-being of refugees and migrants. On the following day, at the initiative of the U.S. government, a Leaders Summit of Refugees was convened, at which some 50 states made specific commitments sharing responsibility for refugees and strengthening the international community’s capacity to address mass displacement.
The New York Declaration spells out these actions in the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF, in Annex 1 of the Declaration). The CRRF envisions a world where refugees have access to countries where they are safe; where they are welcomed and included in national development plans; where they are no longer living in camps; and are not dependent on humanitarian assistance. The Declaration recognizes that when refugees are given the chance, they can support themselves and their families, and make positive contributions to the communities hosting them.
Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia have each agreed to apply the CRRF and signed the Djibouti Declaration, which includes:
- supporting refugees’ immediate and ongoing needs (e.g. protection, heath, and education);
- assisting local and national institutions and communities receiving refugees;
- expanding opportunities for those in need of international protection;
- increasing opportunities for resettlement and complementary pathways.
Key features of the CRRF are its integration within national development plans of host countries from the outset; the inclusion of a wide array of stakeholders including civil society organizations, the private sector, and international financial institutions; the linking of humanitarian responses and development actions; easing pressure on host countries and supporting refugee inclusion and self-reliance while also benefitting host communities.
This new Compact to address the plight of millions of refugees requires a shift in humanitarian and development strategies and actions, in particular actions to strengthen national and local institutions, and the host communities that are responding to new waves of refugees.
The webcast provides an occasion to examine USAID Mission programs and activities, integrated within Country Development Cooperation Strategies, to engage with the new Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework.