Source: Ethiopian Monitor
ADDIS ABEBA – Government and United Nations agencies launched on Friday a center where refugees can access services such as the registration of births, marriages, divorces, and deaths and receive protection referrals and civil documentation.
These services will also be available to people from the local communities surrounding Bambasi Camp of Benishangul-Gumuz.
UNHCR, UNICEF, state-run Vital Events Registration Agency and the Agency for Refugees and Returnees Affairs (ARRA) jointly opened the center also known as a One-Stop-Shop.
The launch marks the beginning of a process that will lead to a government-owned digitized and harmonized model for refugees assistance that will also serve local communities, said UN refugee agency.
The initiative is in line with the Global Compact on Refugees which promotes the provision of common services and infrastructure for both refugees and local communities.
Officials said the one-stop-shop is the first of 27 such facilities to be established throughout Ethiopia.
They will support the integration of services for refugees with national systems as enshrined in Ethiopia’s revised new refugee law that was adopted in January of this year.