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SSU Monthly Field Update | February 2017 | #3
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Stabilization Support Unit (SSU)

Monthly update from SSU field offices │ February 2017

Role of SSU

In line with Security Council Resolution 2277 (2016) MONUSCO’s SSU supports the implementation of the revised International Security and Stabilization Support Strategy (ISSSS) and related Provincial Stabilization Plans, and leads the coordination and oversight of the ISSSS. The ISSSS is the response of the international community to the Stabilization and Reconstruction Program (STAREC) of the Government of the DRC.
 
The ISSSS Technical Secretariat housed within SSU is in charge of the management of the Stabilization Coherence Fund, the coordination of bilaterally funded programs aligned to the ISSSS, the provision of policy advice and conflict analysis as well as the overall monitoring and evaluation of the ISSSS.

Through this monthly bulletin, we provide regular updates on stabilization efforts in the provinces North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri. The intended audience are the section’s main partners including other MONUSCO sections, UNCT and international partners.
 
For more information: Please contact Ms. Anne Sophie Kesselaar (kesselaar@un.org) or Mr. Lambert Wassink (wassink@un.org).
 
Did you miss our Field Update from January 2017? Click here to open.
Highlights from the field
  • Provincial Funding Boards in North Kivu and South Kivu each selected the final consortium for the implementation of the stabilization programs as part of the call for proposals process. The final consortium in Ituri will be selected and announced in March. Programs will be launched in April/May.
  • The Provincial Funding Board in North Kivu decided to allocate a budget for a stabilization program in Beni in response to the violence outbreaks, which was approved by the National Funding Board in Kinshasa on February 27. The North Kivu office is currently preparing a call for proposals which will be launched in April/May.
  • In the context of MONUSCO’s upcoming mandate renewal, SSU presented the current ISSSS programs and results to high-level delegations of the United Nations and ambassadors of Belgium, Germany and the United States who showed strong interest in the ISSSS.
  • SSU North Kivu launched a Kitshanga Coordination Group to coordinate the participation and contributions from other MONUSCO sections in Kitshanga. So far it has contributed to preventative measures regarding overlaps in programming. 
  • In Ituri, SSU participated in an inter community dialogue in Irumu together with MONUSCO’s Civil Affairs Section. An important outcome of the dialogue was the signing of a peace agreement between the Yira and Lesse communities manifesting their will to advance towards a more peacefully cohabitation.
  • The ISSSS annual report is available now! The report was officially launched by the Minister of Plan during the National Funding Board meeting in Kinshasa. The report highlights last years’ achievements and outlines the key priorities for the implementation of the ISSSS for 2017.
Good Offices

In North Kivu, advocacy from SSU and STAREC towards provincial authorities has led to strong support for ISSSS programming in Beni. As a result, the North Kivu office started preparing a new call for proposals for the Beni Priority Zone (see details under Program and Fund Management). SSU and STAREC in North Kivu also supported the initiatives of MONUSCO’s Head of Office to further engage with the provincial government and humanitarian stakeholders through the Stabilization working Group on the issues of durable solutions and ex-combatant returns and to create a coordination platform for ISSSS programming in Kitshanga. The proposal for the Kitshanga coordination platform was received favorably by the Minister of Plan and the Vice Governor and will be launched in March. In addition, options are being explored at the initiative of MONUSCO’s Head of Office to reinforce and train the national police in Kitchanga in support of the ISSSS Security Pillar.
 
On 8 February, the South Kivu office met with the Fifth Committee of the United Nations. The Committee strongly appreciated the SSU presentation on the ISSSS and on-going achievements and the way forward. Furthermore, SSU advocated for the ISSSS and current stabilization efforts during meetings with the Ambassador of Belgium (February 13), the Ambassador of Germany (February 24) and the Ambassador of the Unites States (February 27). During these meetings SSU presented its work in the area of stabilization and explained how democratic dialogue can drive change in conflict affected areas. The delegations showed strong interest in the ISSSS and welcomed positive changes as a result of the ISSSS pilot projects. These advocacy efforts are crucial in view of MONUSCO’s upcoming mandate renewal.
 
In Ituri, outreach and advocacy activities are increased due to the arrival of the new SSU coordinator. Meetings between MONUSCO, STAREC, the Governor and the Provincial Minister of Plan and the Governor resulted in a better understanding of the current programming and increased political engagement and ownership. The Governor welcomed the idea to establish a stabilization working group in order to facilitate the work of stabilization actors. SSU Ituri also promoted the ISSSS during the field visit of a delegation from the British Embassy in Goma (February 8). SSU shared an update on the stabilization work at the provincial level which resulted in a better understanding of the context and programming.
ISSSS annual report has been published! Click here to download.
Policy Advice


SSU Offices continued providing strategic advice at field office level about how Quick Impact Projects and Community Violence Reduction (CVR) projects can be used to reinforce protection and stabilization initiatives in the ISSSS Priority Zones. As most of the projects are linked to stabilization, effective implementation and coordination of these projects will benefit ISSSS programming.
 
In North Kivu, support was also provided to MONUSCO’s DDR Section in developing and prioritizing projects ensuring that they are sensitive to conflict dynamics and compatible with the ISSSS and stabilization approaches. In addition, SSU worked with the Implementing Partners of two CVR projects in the development of their full proposals and finalized Initial Site Visits for these two projects. The projects are focusing on reduction of community tension through 1) improvement of access to water in Rubaya, and 2) capacitation of local mechanisms for conflict resolution on the Bunagana/Tchengerero and Nyamilima/Ishasha axes.
 
Furthermore, SSU North Kivu participated in discussions on the closure of a military base in Kitshanga to understand how the closure may affect ISSSS programming and access to the region. SSU expressed concerns about the closure and recommended several mitigation measures. As a result, MONUSCO’s Head of Office started mobilizing necessary resources to maintain and repair the access roads to Kitshanga.
 
On 3 February, SSU South Kivu participated in the first meeting of the Criminal Chain Task Force in South Kivu. Since the Task Force planned to identify intervention zones for justice projects, SSU shared the outcomes of the prioritization work that was done by SSU with the provincial authorities in the framework of the ISSSS. As a result, members of the Task Force will review their planning accordingly. SSU South Kivu also participated in discussions regarding the development of the Provincial Strategic Development Plan for 2017-2021, which will be based on the National Strategic Development Plan. STAREC and SSU will participate in the work sessions to ensure that stabilization interventions are included in the new plan.

Program and Fund Management

The call for proposals process for the allocation of 16.5 million USD of the Stabilization Coherence Fund has almost come to an end. Provincial Funding Boards in North Kivu and South Kivu each selected the final consortium for the implementation of the stabilization programs as part of the call for proposals process. The winning consortium for North Kivu is the consortium led by UN HABITAT in collaboration with UNFPA and UNESCO. This 3 million dollar program focuses on land governance, reintegration and socioeconomic recovery for youth and Sexual and Gender Based Violence. The winning consortium for South Kivu is the consortium led by International Alert. This program, with a total amount of 7 million dollars, will focus on Democratic Dialogue, Restoration of State Authority and Sexual and Gender Based Violence. The winning consortium in Ituri will be selected and announced in March.
 
In addition, the Provincial Funding Board in North Kivu also decided on February 24 to allocate a budget for a stabilization program in Beni in response to the violence outbreaks in the Beni North Priority Zone. After the approval of the National Funding Board on February 27, the North Kivu office started preparing a call for proposals which will be launched in April/May.
 
The field offices in South Kivu and Ituri further invested efforts in the preparation of the second phase of the ISSSS pilot projects in Kalehe and Mambasa, with support from the M&E team and the budget expert from SSU headquarters. The launch of the projects is planned for mid-April.
Coordination of ISSSS implementation

To improve the coordination of stabilization efforts in the ISSSS Priority Zones, SSU offices continued to provide information with implementing partners, aligned partners and other key entities who are intervening in the same areas. In North Kivu, SSU held planning meetings with International Alert and Pole Institute and launched the Kitshanga Coordination Group to coordinate the participation and contributions from other MONUSCO sections in Kitshanga.
 
In South Kivu, SSU and STAREC met with the consortium of ZOA International, the International Cooperation Agency of Dutch Municipalities (VNGI) and War Child which is planning the forthcoming implementation of a new project ‘Addressing Roots Causes of Conflicts’ in North Kalehe. SSU, STAREC and the other parties involved exchanged lessons learned and decided to create a good coordination structure and to develop synergies where possible.
 
SSU Ituri has continued its bilateral meetings with several MONUSCO sections such as the Force, DDR and CAS, being important steps towards a more coherent stabilization approach in Ituri. As part of the collaboration with CAS, the Technical Secretariat of the ISSSS in Ituri participated in an inter community dialogue in Irumu facilitated by CAS. The main outcome of the dialogue was the signing of a peace agreement between the Yira and the Lesse communities, showing their will to build a more peaceful cohabitation. The participation by STAREC and SSU was an important step in elaborating a strategy for further collaboration between the dialogue works facilitated by CAS and the ISSSS partners in South Irumu. Finally, the participation was an opportunity to gain more visibility of ISSSS programming at the community level which is necessary to build a strong relationship with the communities in the intervention zone.
Strategic Communication on ISSSS

During the National Funding Board in Kinshasa SSU and STAREC jointly presented and shared the annual report of the ISSSS, which was launched by the Minister of Plan. The foreword is written and signed by both the Minister of Plan and the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations. The report highlights last years’ achievements and outlines the key priorities for the implementation of the ISSSS for 2017. The report can be downloaded via the link below.
After the Provincial Funding Board meeting in Goma, North Kivu, the members of the government and the senior leadership within SSU were interviewed for televised broadcast, providing more public recognition to the processes underway for ISSSS programming in Kitshanga.
Other business

We are pleased to inform you that Ms. Frances Charles joined our team in Goma as a Stabilization Coordination Officer. Frances is a conflict policy specialist with experience across Africa and the Middle East in access, protection, civil-military coordination, conflict resolution and resilience. Prior to joining SSU, Frances was based in Côte d'Ivoire as an analyst for the UNOCI JMAC. Before this, Frances led policy development and humanitarian programming for World Vision in the Sahel, eastern Congo, and Syria and the wider region. Frances is British and grew up in London.






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