News

Lorca-Fakir-2.jpg

Image Credit: UNHCR Ireland

Community Sponsorship Ireland - Standard Operating Procedures

Following the successful completion of the evaluation of CSI, Montbretia has been commissioned to develop the Standard Operating Procedures for the project. CSI is a uniquely Irish approach to the sponsorship of resettled refugees by private citizens and CSOs/NGOs. The Irish model utilises a broad alliance of ordinary citizens and established state and civil society organisations to welcome newly resettled refugees and provide material and integration supports for refugee families.

Refugees-Canada-community-sponsorship-1.jpg

Image Credit: Amnesty International

Community Sponsorship Ireland - Knoweldge and Learning Capture

Montbretia has been hired by the Irish Department of Justice and Equality (Irish Refugee Protection Programme) to conduct the knowledge and learning capture of the Community Sponsorship Ireland pilot programme. CSI is a uniquely Irish approach to the sponsorship of resettled refugees by private citizens and CSOs/NGOs. The Irish model utilises a broad alliance of ordinary citizens and established state and civil society organisations to welcome newly resettled refugees and provide material and integration supports for refugee families.

1474891379.jpg

Image Credit: khpg.org

Economic Reconstruction in Donetsk and Luhansk

Montbretia is assessing the parameters for Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine. The output of the project is a discussion document considering international best practices and first principles of economic post-conflict reconstruction that may have applicability in the non-government controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.

0.jpeg

Montbretia to work on Reconstruction in former ISIS strongholds

Montbretia has been contracted by the Government of Iraq and the Reconstruction Fund for Areas Affected By Terroristic Operations to conduct the baseline analysis of communities in seven municipalities from Diyala, Salah Al-Din, Al Anbar and Nineveh governorates. The assessment measures the impact of reconstruction of electricity supply, water and sanitation, solid waste removal, roads and bridges, education, communication, municipal infrastructure and cultural heritage.

flags.jpg

Image Source: Debatingeurope.eu

Montbretia Commissioned to Work on EU Enlargement in the Western Balkans

Montbretia has been commissioned by the World Bank and European Commission to work with the Governments of Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, FYR Macedonia (soon ‘Republic of Northern Macedonia’), Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia to build their capacity to manage the forced and voluntary return of Western Balkan citizens from EU Member States. Across the Western Balkan territories there is an incentive to adopt integrated approaches to managing migration that take consideration not just of relatively new inflows of (often) transiting migrants but one that also addresses the situation of Western Balkan citizen returnees from EU member states. To conclude successfully negotiations on Chapter 24 (Justice, Freedom and Security) of the EU acquis, which defines migration governance as a core issue, all Western Balkan countries and territories in the EU enlargement process must formulate a cross-cutting migration strategy and programming to address the needs of returnees.

Montbretia’s EU-financed project aims to enable the more effective management of return migration and the more effective reintegration of return Western Balkan citizens, particularly those with intersecting vulnerabilities and who may be members of minority communities. Montbretia is partnering with a number of Western Balkan consultancies to mange the implementation of the project. The intended outcome is better managed migration and proven models for the social inclusion of vulnerable returned citizens of these Western Balkan countries and territories.

rw-mental-health-care-helps-rwandese-former-combatants-adjust-to-civilian-life-780x439.jpg

New Beginnings for Ex-Combatants in Rwanda

Between 2008 and 2018 the Director of Montbretia Dr. Anthony Finn worked with the World Bank and with the Rwandan Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission on the Emergency Demobilisation and Reintegration Programme and the Second Emergency Demobilisation and Reintegration Programme (SEDRP). In the latter stages of the SEDRP Anthony partnered with Rwandan consultancy firm Kash Consult to carry out successive national surveys on the reintegration of ex-combatants. The World Bank gives an excellent insight into the substantial impact of the project in the lives of ex-combatants, their families and Rwanda itself and discusses the innovations of the project in mental health service provision and deferred social and economic benefits to family and spouses of ex-combatants. Full story here on the World Bank site.

Houthi3.jpeg

Montbretia completes Yemen Pre-DDR studies

Dr. Anthony Finn working directly with clients in the donor community has delivered a set of three pre-DDR assessments to inform future Demobilisation, Disarmament and Reintegration in Yemen. The studies will inform DDR strategy and the development of operational approaches once conditions are suitable for programming. The lead study draws on learning from global practice in DDR over the preceding 20 years. Case studies and references include the successes from sub-Saharan Africa, recent progress in Columbian DDR, the challenges with managing the interface of DDR and counter-insurgency in Afghanistan and implementing interim stabilisation measures with defector youth in Somalia. The other studies completed are a profile of armed groups and conflict dynamics relevant to DDR, and a guide to social and economic profiling of areas likely to host DDR Reintegration programming. For further details email Montbretia via the contact page or connect with Anthony by clicking through to Linkedin.