We undertook a scoping mission to Georgia in November 2016 to explore the feasibility and relevance of an analysis in line with IASC’s 2010 framework on durable solutions, and to support the establishment of a coordination platform to steer it.
During the mission, we met a wide range of stakeholders, including the Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation (MRA), other government entities, humanitarian and development organisations, and technical partners including the National Statistics Institute.
We supported efforts to map existing analyses, reports and datasets against the IASC framework to identify information gaps in the analysis of internal displacement, and to establish a common understanding of key durable solutions questions to be included in the new analysis. We also helped to identify potential training and capacity-building needs of the various partners.
As a result of the scoping mission, recommendations were shaped to set up a collaborative platform to oversee the work of a comprehensive durable solutions analysis aimed to inform the policy reform process. Despite the value of this proposal being recognised by many, it was decided not to pursue this avenue at the time.
Against this background, the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) then conducted an assessment aimed to identify gaps hindering IDP integration in five municipalities in East Georgia, including:
- Mtskheta-Mtianeti region;
- Shida Kartli region; and
- Kvemo Kartli region.
Despite JIPS’ recommendations for a more joined up effort not moving forward, we still continued with our commitment to provide remote support during the development of the methodology and the discussions around sampling approaches, in spring 2017. The report is being prepared by DRC.