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Our panel presents four papers from three regions reflecting on durable solutions by focusing on refugee-led, participatory and localised research. Together, these papers represent initiatives designed by the displaced, researchers and practitioners to define (and redefine) pathways to durable solutions: what they mean first and foremost for those concerned, and how to plan to track progress by those responsible to addressing their needs? The aim of this panel then is to i) question the current state of durable solutions thinking, ii) introduce new methods that can be built on, replicated across contexts, to ensure that durable solutions are framed by refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) and iii) conclude on partnerships for durable solutions.
Paper 1 draws on a Rohingya youth-led participatory research project in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh with Fortify Rights examining the (restrictions on) freedom of movement within the refugee camp. Rohingya researchers will present their policy recommendations.
Paper 2 explores prospects for local integration amidst multidimensional crises, disasters, and instability in Afghanistan. The paper presents a learning collaboration between Samuel Hall and ADSP, using frameworks developed in East Africa.
Paper 3 presents a new framework developed with NRC Jordan to measure durable solutions for protracted Syrian refugees built on refugees’ own perceptions, milestones and indicators for achieving durable solutions.
Paper 4 concludes on participatory and localised action research and is co-presented with RELON UGANDA, to underscore the significance of equitable partnerships with refugee-led organisations (RLOs) based on case studies from Kenya and the East Horn of Africa region.