By Staff Reporter
December 7, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The government of Ethiopia has launched what is called Durable Solutions Initiative (DSI) in bid mobilize collective action and cooperation among concerned parties to address problems faced by Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country.
The $700 million initiative is a joint endeavor between the government of Ethiopia, the United Nations (UN), international and national NGOs, and donors to sustainably address the country’s IDPs problems.
In April this year, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator announced that the country needed $1.313 billion for humanitarian assistance following the mass displacement in several parts of the country, mainly caused by ethnic conflicts.
UN official Aeneas Chuma disclosed that about 45.6 percent of the funding requirement, amounting to $598 million was met while over $714 million remained in funding gap to meet humanitarian needs for over two million internally displaced people (IDP).
Launching the initiative, Minister of Peace Muferiat Kamil said “we can’t simply rely on a project-based approach but understand the needs of the IDPs to act accordingly.
Humanitarian needs reportedly remain high in areas of displacement, as well as in areas of return. Most assistance in displacement areas is being disrupted following mass return operations. Assistance in areas of return is said to be scant to non-existent, affecting the sustainability of the returnees.
“We need development actors to systematically integrate the concerns of displacement affected communities in our plans and program,” she added
The Minister said a durable solution will be implemented to the extent that IDPs no longer need any specific assistance and protection related to their displacement and enjoy their human rights without discrimination.
She said this can be done through sustainable re-integration at their place of origin, in areas where they take refuge or in other parts of the country they wish to resettle.
She called on development partners and donors to enhance their engagement in supporting displacement affected communities.
Steven Were Omamo, from the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, said the initiative creates ‘a unique platform, which will help to meaningfully address displacement challenges’ in Ethiopia.
He said, “the government of Ethiopia's commitment to durable solutions initiative platform is a vital step for restoring the rights of citizens who displaced and assisting them to restore and rebuild their own lives and livelihoods.”
Ethiopia has seen a large number of internally displaced persons driven out of their places of residence due to conflicts, drought and flood. The Ministry of peace claimed 90 percent of the over two million have been returned to their areas.
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