9 April 2015 | Barbara McCallin
Dr Chaloka Beyani: "The right to adequate housing allows IDPs to get back their dignity and begin rebuilding shattered lives"
Last month in Geneva, IDMC, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Displacement Research Action Network (DRAN) launched a joint report, "Home sweet home: Housing practices and tools that support durable solutions for IDPs". The report provides an analysis of the wide range of approaches and case studies which have successfully contributed to providing adequate housing to urban IDPs.
With keynote speeches from Dr. Chaloka Beyani, the special rapporteur on the human rights of IDPs, and Jackie Keegan, head of UNHCR’s comprehensive solutions unit, the event highlighted the importance of addressing the issue of urban displacement in a sustainable manner.
“The report contributes to filling a gap on urban displacement as it gathers the scattered knowledge on what has been done in support of durable housing solutions for IDPs and identifies examples of good practices”, said Beyani.