Lusaka, 28th April 2018: The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR)’s Levy Mwanawasa Regional Centre for Democracy and Good Governance (LMRC) in advancing its mandate of facilitating the activities of the ICGLR Regional Fora participated in the Executive Committee Meeting of the ICGLR Regional Youth Forum held on 26th and 27th April 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The main objectives of the meeting were to amend the Capture 112ICGLR Regional Youth Forum Accord to enable the signing of the Host Country Agreement and plan on the convening of the General Assembly and electing the bureau of the Executive Committee and approving its composition.

The two days meeting reviewed, adopted and signed the revised ICGLR Regional Youth Forum Accord which paved way for the signing of the Host Country Agreement between the Government of Kenya and ICGLR Conference Secretariat in readiness for the launch and operationalisation of the Permanent Secretariat of the Regional Youth Forum. It also appealed to the ICGLR Conference Secretariat to organise a regional meeting of Ministers in charge of Youth Affairs to ensure ownership and sustainability of the ICGLR Youth Forum Secretariat by all the Member States.

The meeting was attended by members of the Executive Committee of the ICGLR Regional Youth Forum representing 11 ICGLR Member States, namely, Republic of Angola, Republic of Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Uganda, Republic of South Sudan, Republic of Sudan and Republic of Zambia. It was also attended by Dr. Ludwig Chweya, Director General, Kenya School of Government on behalf of the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Mrs Susan Njau, Director of Youth, Mr Wamunyu Kamau, Deputy National Coordinator of the Republic of Kenya, Mr Raymond Ochieng, Chief Executive Officer, National Youth Council, Amb. Ambeyi Ligabo, ICGLR Programme Director for Democracy and Good Governance and Mr Hamoosa Halubala, ICGLR-LMRC Programme Assistant.

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The Statelessness Focal Points of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Member States with the support of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency have held their first regional strategic workshop on eradicating statelessness in the region. The workshop which took place in Naivasha, Kenya from 24-27th April 2018, aimed to implementing the common regional framework to end statelessness by reinforcing inclusion within each State and contribute to peace building and sustainable development in the Great Lakes Region.

The workshop was a follow up to the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in October 2017. The Summit adopted the Brazzaville Declaration and 2017 – 2019 Regional Action Plan on the eradication of statelessness, aiming at ending statelessness in the sub-region by ratifying the statelessness international conventions; undertaking legal reform; strengthening civil status systems, and developing National Action Plans, among other commitments.

In line with Commitment No. 9 of the Brazzaville Declaration, the Focal Points have supported and encouraged the African Union to conclude the draft protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the right to nationality and eradication of statelessness in Africa. They have reiterated the importance of upholding the core principals of this instrument that if adopted with its innovative and protective standards will contribute to preventing and eradicating statelessness in Africa.

At the end of the workshop, the Focal Points adopted the terms of reference defining their roles and responsibilities. They agreed on a road-map to 2019, that each Member State should undertake to constitute a Statelessness Task Force by June 2018; prepare a National Action Plan to end statelessness by August 2018, and conclude the ratification process of the Statelessness Conventions by August 2019.

ICGLR Member States include the Republic of Angola, Republic of Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda, Republic of Sudan, Republic of South Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Uganda and the Republic of Zambia.

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Macdonald Mwakasendile,Director of Communication, ICGLR Executive Secretariat - Tel: +257 79 856 659, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bénédicte Voos, Snr. Regional Protection Officer (Statelessness), UNHCR RSC - Tel: +254 742 983 739, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Naivasha, Kenya 23 th April, 2018: In their Summit Declaration in October 2017, the Heads of States and Government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) adopted the 2017 – 2019 Action Plan on the eradication of statelessness which aims at ending statelessness in the sub-region by ratifying the statelessness conventions; undertaking legal reform; strengthening civil status systems, and developing National Action Plans, among other commitments.

ICGLR Member State Focal Point on statelessness, with the support of UNHCR, will hold their first Regional strategic workshop on 24th – 25th April, 2018 in Naivasha, Kenya to start implementing the common regional framework to end statelessness and contribute to peace building and sustainable development in the Great Lakes Region by reinforcing inclusion within each State, in line with the ICGLR mandate

The workshop will adopt a common position on core principles; Terms of References on the roles and responsibilities of the Statelessness Government Focal Point; Focal Point on the draft African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights Protocol and the road-map toward end of 2019.

On 27 and 28 June 2017, ICGLR Member State experts on statelessness supported by UNHCR, took part in a Regional Conference on Statelessness in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, gathering subject-matter specialists of the twelve Member States and the UNHCR. The Regional Conference resulted in the adoption of the draft Declaration along with a Regional Action plan to eradicate statelessness.

ICGLR Member States includes the Republic of Angola, Republic of Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda, Republic of Sudan, Republic of South Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Uganda and the Republic of Zambia.

 

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  1. Recruitment of a JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOW

 

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Organisation: International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR)

Project: Great Lakes Displaced Persons and Border Communities Project

Project ID No.: P152821

Grant No. : IDA Grant D 2300-BI

DEADLINE EXTENSION FOR SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF THE EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST INITIALLY PROVIDED FOR 09/04/2018 IS REFERRED TO 19/04/2018 AT 16:00 BUJUMBURA LOCAL TIME (14:00 GMT). THIS COMMUNICATION CONCERNS REQUESTS FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST RELATING TO THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:

  1. Recruitment of a Research Specialist for the Project : REOI/002/Research Specialist/DPP/2018 ; Location: Lusaka-Zambia;
  2. Recruitment of an Accountant Assistant of the Project: REOI/004/Accountant Assistant/DPP/2018; Location: Lusaka-Zambia.

Other indications contained in these requests for expressions of interest remain unchanged.

ICGLR World bank

Overview
Project Great Lakes Region Displaced Persons and Border Communities Project
Funded by The World Bank
Implemented by The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR)
Objective To support regional learning on development responses to forced displacement
Timing 2018 - 2021
Status Project is kick-starting the implementation
Components (1) Regional Learning, (2) Regional Research, (3) Management & Institutional Capacity Building
Background

Displacement is a

regional challenge…

Displacement is a major and regional challenge for the Great Lakes Region (GLR). While it presents obvious humanitarian challenges, solutions also require innovative development approaches. Many countries in the GLR are already moving towards policies that promote medium-term planning for inclusive displacement responses. The project aims to generate knowledge, experience sharing and research that can underpin this innovation throughout the region.

Addressed at the

regional level by

ICGLR…

The ICGLR has been addressing the challenge around displacement since its inception. As one of the sub-region’s preeminent regional institutions, the ICGLR has specifically committed to (i) promoting policies aimed at disaster prevention, protection, assistance and to search for durable solutions for refugees and IDPs, as well as their environment and (ii) promoting relevant policies to guarantee access to basic social services by the populations affected by conflicts and effects of natural disasters. ICGLR also has potential to undertake research activities on forced displacement through the Levy Mwanawasa Regional Centre (LMRC) for Democracy and Good Governance, in Lusaka.

Supported by the

World Bank…

The World Bank supports the ICGLR Secretariat and the LMRC with a four-year project to undertake regional learning and research on Development Responses to Forced Displacement. Priority topics have been identified through wide consultations and are listed below. A Project Coordination Unit is implementing the project.

And an Advisory

group of partners.

A Project Advisory Group will provide the opportunity for partners (i) to improve the technical quality of the project by enabling relevant and timely input from key stakeholders into the project activities and (ii), to create a link between the project activities and wider policy dialogue platforms and other activities on development responses to forced displacement in the region.

 

Regional Learning Topics

  1. Learning-purposed review of government, institutional and governance arrangements for development responses /solutions to forced displacement in the region
  2. Harmonisation of the legal framework on local integration: nationality laws, civil registry, framework for the economic and social status of displaced population
  3. Connecting livelihood and displaced persons to wider national and regional markets (Livelihoods), displaced populations as economic actors, issue of mobility and sources of growth in the region
  4. Harmonisation of data, data collection and analysis relating to local integration
  5. Land issues – Support to the Technical Sub-Committee on Land
  6. Attracting donor and private sector funding for development responses to forced displacement
  7. Implementing sustainable return & reintegration processes
  8. Implementing alternative to camps approach in GLR: Constraints and opportunities

Regional Research Topics

  1. Quantifying the impact of displacement on host communities and on social cohesion
  2. Documenting good practices across the region (knowledge banking)
  3. Land issues – Study to support the Technical Sub-Committee on Land
  4. Analysis of local integration legal frameworks (documentation, naturalisation, ‘model law’)
  5. Labour intensive sources of growth in the region (urban/rural, migrants/refugees)
  6. Impacts of forced displacement on women, youth, children and other vulnerable groups and development strategies for protection
  7. Harmonisation of data, data collection and analysis relating to local integration
  8. Implementing alternative to camps approach in GLR: Constraints and opportunities
 
Contact: Tchim Tabaro, Project Coordinator       Tel : +257 71 172 109     Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
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The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), organised a Summit of Heads of State and Government on the 19th October 2017, in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. The Summit, themed “Fast-Tracking the Implementation of the Pact to ensure Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region”, was preceded by a series of meetings namely, the meeting of Financial Experts from Member States; the meeting of Chiefs of Intelligence and Chiefs of Defence Staff/Forces; the meeting of the Committee of Ministers of Defence; the meeting of the ICGLR National Coordinators and the Regional Inter-Ministerial Committee (RIMC).

A delegation of the Levy Mwanawasa Regional Centre (LMRC) Management team headed by its Executive Director Dr. Frank Okuthe, attended the ICGLR Summit of Heads of State and Government. It made two presentations to the meeting of ICGLR National Coordinators held   on   13th   and   14th October   2017.   One presentation was on LMRC   research   Report   entitled “ICGLR: Ten years later. Reflections on the Past, the Present and the Future”. The latter is based on the assessment of the implementation of ICGLR Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region from 2006 to 2016. The presentation highlighted the ICGLR as an innovative mechanism for   addressing challenges of peace and security in the Region after political crises experienced by many countries in the 1990s. It also summarised key trends in the areas of governance and human development. Finally, it highlighted key achievements and lessons learnt in the implementation of the Pact while proposing options to address challenges identified. The second presentation was an analysis on the “Sustainability of the ICGLR Regional Fora Secretariats”.

After deliberating on the respective reports, the National Coordinators adopted the recommendations for the RIMC’s consideration.

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Our Mission

To reinforce the capacities of social and political institutions of ICGLR Member States in the areas of Democracy, Good Governance, Human Rights and Civic Education.

Our Approach

Operational Research and Analysis to Inform Policy Making Processes; Capacity Building and Training; Monitoring and Evaluation of Policies and Practices; Facilitating multi-actor Dialogue and Knowledge Banking and Dissemination.

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