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SSU Monthly Field Update | December 2016 | #1
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Stabilization Support Unit (SSU)

Monthly update from SSU field offices │ December 2016

Role of SSU

MONUSCO’s SSU supports the Government of the DRC (GoDRC) in the implementation of their Stabilization and Reconstruction Program (STAREC) through the International Security and Stabilization Support Strategy (ISSSS), which has become the main planning and coordination framework for stabilization interventions in Eastern DRC.

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 Mr. Lambert Wassink (wassink@un.org).

 
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Highlights from the field
  • In North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri three consortia have been selected for the final phase of the call for proposals process for the implementation of stabilization programs with a total amount of 16.5 million USD. The final selection will take place in early 2017;
  • In North Kivu, the engagement of the provincial government with MONUSCO in the development/ implementation of a strategy on durable solutions has increased. The SSU has been consulted and issued a set of recommendations;
  • In Ituri, SSU strengthened their collaboration with MONUSCO’s Civil Affairs Section with regard to stabilization programming in South-Irumu. The Civil Affairs Section presented the lessons learned of a recent community dialogue project in South Irumu to the shortlisted three consortiums;
  • In South Kivu and Ituri, an evaluation of the ISSSS pilot projects was carried out. The evaluation will be finalized in January 2017 and shared with stabilization actors to improve future stabilization programming;
  • SSU led two missions to Beni for the development of a Beni Stabilization Strategy to support MONUSCO’s efforts against the cycles of violence affecting the local populations.
Good Offices
 

In terms of good offices and advocacy, the reporting period has seen continued advocacy for ISSSS at the provincial level, in strong collaboration with STAREC. Advocacy towards provincial authorities have led to a solid commitment of the Governors in the three provinces for the implementation of the ISSSS. Furthermore, the provincial offices have strengthened their collaboration with the UN Country Team and other MONUSCO sections to ensure a better coordination of the implementation of the ISSSS and related interventions.

 

In North Kivu, provincial efforts by the MONUSCO Head of Office were supported to promote durable solutions for Internally Displaced Persons and refugees, and to further engage with the provincial government in the development of a strategy for durable solutions. SSU encouraged the government to continue developing their strategy while making critical adjustments to the village concept of FOSOD (explained below) and its implementation. Engagement with provincial government on this issue has increased. The various meetings resulted in a greater engagement by different actors in constructive discussion with government actors on the remaining challenges for implementation of the draft strategies at both provincial and national level.


FOSOD is the Forum des Solutions Durables pour les Personnes Déplacées in Nord-Kivu, put in place by the provincial government, to better coordinate the reflections and initiatives meant to support durable solutions for IDPs and refugees. The discussions within the FOSOD suggest the regrouping of several IDP villages/camps into only one village for better security, control and the provision of social services.
In South Kivu, a 25KM road track in Kalehe (one of the ISSSS priority zones) which was rehabilitated by the Chinese Military Engineering Company was inaugurated. MONUSCO advocated together with the provincial authorities to continue establishing adequate road maintenance systems, in the view of ensuring durability of MONUSCO’s support to stabilization.
 
In Ituri, the Technical Secretariat held a meeting with the Provincial Minister of Plan and expressed their satisfaction with the involvement of the Provincial Government in the stabilization interventions such as the ISSSS pilot project in Mambasa. Furthermore, SSU advocated for continuous involvement of the government in other ISSSS Priority Zones such as South-Irumu.
Policy Advice


To reinforce the capacity of the Technical Secretariat of the Stabilization Coherence Fund, a capacity building assessment was carried out to identify the capacity building gaps and needs STAREC and SSU field offices. Furthermore, SSU offices continued providing strategic advice at field office level about how Quick Impact projects and Community Violence Reduction projects can be used to reinforce ISSSS programming in Priority Zones and other locations where the ISSSS is operational.

 

In addition, SSU North Kivu started developing plans for the formation of Territorial Stabilization Offices (former Islands of Stability) which will support the implementation of ISSSS programs. In Ituri, SSU and MONUSCO’s Civil Affairs Section assessed, based on the agreement between the two sections, how the Civil Affairs Section can concretely support stabilization programming in South-Irumu, especially when taking into account their current and previous dialogue interventions in that area.

Program and Fund Management

All three field offices continued working on the call for proposals process for the allocation on 16.5 million USD of the Stabilization Coherence Fund. In each province the provincial funding boards evaluated the first phase project proposals and pre-selected three consortia for the final phase of the process. In North Kivu and Ituri information sessions were held with the pre-selected consortia to inform them about the last phase of the call for proposals process and invite them to develop a detailed full proposal. In South Kivu, the Technical Evaluation Committee convened to assess the full proposals and develop recommendations in order for the Provincial Funding Board to select the final consortium. The board will convene on 26th of January 2017.

The Technical Secretariat of the Stabilization Coherence Fund provided further guidance and feedback to the implementing partners for the transition phase of the two former IRF projects in Mambasa and Kalehe. This phase will be fully funded through the Fund, respectively 1.5 million and 1 million USD. For both projects the preliminary IRF evaluation results were shared in order for the implementing partners to take into account the recommendations while developing their final proposal. Also the consortia were supported by the SSU M&E cell to strengthen their logical framework of the program. The final proposals will be submitted early 2017.
Coordination of ISSSS implementation
 

Over the last months the field offices invested further in efforts to improve the coordination of ISSSS programs. In North Kivu, several meetings were held to discuss the alignment of stabilization programs in the region. Plans are developed to hold a meeting with the Stabilization Working Group in mid-January. This working group, composed of relevant MONUSCO sections, UN Agencies and NGOs, is set up to coordinate and monitor joint UN efforts with regard to the stabilization of the Eastern DRC in general and the implementation of the ISSSS in particular. The meeting in January will be used to coordinate the different interventions in Kitshanga, to establish a specific Working Group/Task Force for Kitshanga Priority Zone and to start the groundwork for civil/military coordination and strategic participation by MONUSCO security actors in ISSSS programming in the Priority Zones.

 

In Ituri, a second steering committee meeting took place for the CISPE consortium working on the restoration of state authority. This consortium will be soon aligned to the ISSSS and the meeting represents an important coordination mechanism where the consortium, representatives of provincial authorities, STAREC and SSU meet to discuss and improve the implementation of the ISSSS.
 

Click here for an updated map of the ISSSS Priority Zones in Eastern DRC
Strategic Communication on ISSSS

SSU offices has been increasingly incorporated into strategic planning in missions and solicited by the Head of Offices for decision-making and coordination of interventions. In North Kivu, The Head of Office reminded the heads of the other sections that MONUSCO is a stabilization mission, and that significant support and resources will be expected from sections to ensure the success of the ISSSS programming in Kitshanga. Furthermore, SSU offices contributed to the development of several SSU reports and the annual ISSSS report which will be published soon.
Other business

Based on two field visits, numerous consultations with national and international partners, the Beni Stabilization Program has now been completed and is currently under review by a number of MONUSCO partners. The program was developed by SSU with the support of a number of MONUSCO Sections. SSU will engage MONUSCO Senior Leadership on the way forward. The same process is taking place with the STAREC.






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