Plan International’s Centre of Excellence in Refugee Programs and Durable Solutions

Location: East and Southern Africa

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  Children learn in an ECCD centre in Zambia, Southern Africa. The number of refugees in Zambia – now about 60,000 – is growing daily due to internal conflict in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo   © Plan International

Children learn in an ECCD centre in Zambia, Southern Africa. The number of refugees in Zambia – now about 60,000 – is growing daily due to internal conflict in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo

© Plan International

There are currently an estimated 4.2 million refugees in eastern and southern Africa, where a large majority are children and adolescents. Plan International is responding to large refugee flows and instability in 8 different countries in the region. With ongoing insecurity, climate change related exacerbating environmental factors, and economic concerns, migration patterns and protracted refugee contexts are likely to continue.

Previously, refugee responses within Plan International were managed on a country-by-country basis. To respond to ongoing challenges and opportunities to improve its refugee response program in the Region, Plan has established a Centre of Excellence for Refugee Programs and Durable Solutions that is based in Kampala, Uganda. This Centre of Excellence is focusing on leveraging experiences, lessons learned, and facilitating cross-border and sub-regional programming.

The CoE will facilitate consistent and high-quality programming, including building on Plan’s gender-responsive and age-sensitive approaches to refugee children and adolescents’ education and protection, through documenting and scaling up Plan’s integrated, cross-sectoral, and holistic programming models. This includes a greater focus on improved organizational learning and sharing and strengthening evidenced based and coordinated influencing on refugee policy and strategies from a child and adolescent rights perspectives.

Immediate plans are to document and share good practices in refugee programming, provide linkages with existing internal and local external capacity strengthening initiatives, and to continue to engage in the ongoing application of the comprehensive refugee response framework in countries in the region.

For more information please contact Leslie Archambeault, Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Manager, Leslie.Archambeault@plan-international.org