Q&A on legal perspectives on the best approach to resettling IDPs

We ask Bathrudiin Abdirahman, legal advisor for DSU-Benadir Q:I understand we have the IDP policy now in place. Why is the policy important in regards to finding solutions to over 500,000 displaced communities in Mogadishu? A: Given the vulnerability of IDPS and the difficulties they face everyday as displaced individuals the policy has come up with ways to try alleviate and solve their problems. The policy seeks to protect IDPS from marginalization and displacement related discrimination by upholding the rule…

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Submissions of OP-Eds

The Durable Solutions Unit (DSU) welcomes submissions of opinion articles on topics relating to durable solutions for displacement affected communities for publication online. Submissions must be exclusive to us and should be under 1200 words. Though anything can be an Op-Ed, we are mostly interested in opinion pieces that are based on facts. However, personal story’s and commentary on news events on the relevant topic are also welcome. In addition, experts on urban planning, housing, economic development, law/governance and protection…

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DSU Documentary

Large-scale displacements following the 2017 drought, rural-urban migration trends, and voluntary or involuntary return migration from neighboring countries and other parts of the world have accelerated urbanization in Somalia. The Benadir Region and in specific, Mogadishu, hosts the largest portion of those displaced with over 500,000 of the 2.1 million internally displaced in the country (over 60% of the displaced population are under the age of 18).

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Adjusting to the impossible

When Aisha Abukar arrived in Mogadishu from Jowhar in 2012, she knew that her life would never be the same again. She never imagined to be classified as a displaced person. In Jowhar, Aisha was a notable banana farmer and used the income she earned from farming to support her family. “I remember one day, a banana supplier called me from Mogadishu requesting a large shipment of bananas.  My life was good, I miss those times,” says Aisha. In 2011,…

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Benadir Regional Administration launches the Durable Solutions Unit

3 February 2019 – MOGADISHU Benadir Regional Administration officially launched the Durable Solution Unit (DSU) on Friday, January 31st  under the office of the Governor and Mayor of Mogadishu, H.E. Abdurahman Omar Osman (Eng. Yarisow).  The unit is responsible for coordinating and consolidating various solutions programming aimed at supporting displacement affected communities in the nation’s capital.   The event brought together various stakeholders from all levels of government, international partners, foreign dignitaries INGO/NGOs, private sector, and civil society members for the…

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About Us

Established under the leadership of the Mayor of Mogadishu and Governor of Benadir Region, the Durable Solutions Unit (DSU) is mandated to seek dignified and sustainable solutions for displacement affected communities (DACs).


Ufficio del Governatore, Xamarweyne District, Mogadishu, Benadir, SO