The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental organization founded in 1956 that works in more than 35 countries throughout the world, including Ethiopia and Djibouti. DRC commenced work in Ethiopia in 2009 and currently provides assistance in shelter, WASH, livelihoods and protection in the Gambella, Tigray and Somali regions of the country as well as in Djibouti. In 2017, DRC in partnership with the EU Trust Fund for Africa and humanitarian partners will begin the implementation of activities under the Regional Development and Protection Program (RDPP) in Somali region.
As part of this program, DRC will expand our protection, migration and access to justice program into the refugee camps and host communities in Somali Region. These activities will include the mapping of needs and stakeholders in the areas of migration, protection and access to justice; forging links with legal aid providers and expanding legal aid services to refugee and host communities; expanding case management and referral systems with respect to legal aid; enhancing dispute resolution structures; and building the capacity of local community structures and authorities in dispute resolution, protection principles and standards, and migration concerns.
DRC works in close collaboration with the Ethiopian government’s Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA). This partnership allows DRC to play a role in ensuring timely and transparent assistance taking into consideration specific local needs and requirements in the country.