Launch of Secretariat and first Secretariat meeting
The Tanzania CRRF was officially launched by the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Hamad Masauni in Dar-es-Salaam on 2 June 2017. Line Ministries, Regional Commissioners and Members of Parliament from refugee hosting regions, Heads of Missions, Heads of UN agencies, NGOs, and academia attended the launch, with participation of national media.
In his remarks, the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, stated that the Government of Tanzania is committed and stands ready to cooperate with all stakeholders to ensure the full implementation and realisation of the CRRF in Tanzania. He drew attention to the presence at the launch of the Regional Commissioners of Kigoma, Kagera, Tabora, and Katavi, who, he stated, are keen to see how the CRRF translates into tangible outcomes in the sectors of education, health and water and sanitation that will also benefit host communities. Finally, he called upon the continued and enhanced support of the international community to the Government of Tanzania to ensure the successful application of the CRRF in Tanzania; drawing attention to the severely underfunded Regional Response Plan.
Mr Ibrahim Minja, Acting Director, Regional Administration Department, from the President’s Office-Regional Administration and Local Government reiterated the Government’s commitment to the application of the CRRF and stated that PO-RALG is fully engaged in the process, as demonstrated by its co-chairmanship of the CRRF Secretariat.
In its presentations, the Department of Refugee Affairs, MHA, outlined the NY Declaration and the CRRF’s application in Tanzania. It was stated that the CRRF presents a paradigm shift in refugee response as it attempts to bridge the gap between humanitarian and development interventions and align the needs of refugee and host communities. The Government-led CRRF Secretariat was introduced and its central role in ensuring a comprehensive refugee response through policy, oversight, coordination, and resource mobilization was highlighted. It is co-chaired by MHA and PO-RALG and includes the following members:
- Line Ministries: Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Land, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vice President’s Office, Planning Commission, Attorney General Chamber.
- Regional authority: Regional Commissioner’s Offices of Kigoma, Kagera, Katavi and Tabora.
- UN: UN Resident Coordinator, Chair of UNDAP II Thematic Results Group on Resilience, UNHCR
- World Bank
- Development Partners: Denmark, DFID
- Private Sector: Tanzania Private Sector Foundation
- Academia: Centre for the Study of Forced Migration, University of Dar es Salaam
- Civil Society: Plan International and Tanganyika Christian Refugee Services
It was announced that a first meeting of the CRRF Secretariat will be called later this month to discuss a draft roadmap for implementation and to finalize governance/coordination structures for the Secretariat. UNHCR’s presentation focused on the international support and engagement of the international community and partners in the roll-out of the CRRF in Tanzania.
The launch also featured interventions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Commissioners from four refugee-hosting regions, the United Nations Resident Coordinator ad interim, and representatives from development partners, civil society, and academia.
The UNHCR Representative, Chansa Kapaya, applauded the decisive action that the Government has taken in starting the roll-out of the CRRF thus far and restated UNHCR’s readiness to work closely with the Government. The Representative stated that the CRRF is a framework of inclusion that will greatly benefit both refugee and host communities and stated that as a pilot country, Tanzania is committing to develop a holistic and sustainable approach that seeks to simultaneously strengthen the protection and rights of refugees; support the greater inclusion of refugees within the society; and recognize and foster development opportunities for refugees and their host communities.