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What does development-caused displacement look like in Africa?

While internal displacement caused by conflict and disasters in Africa has been reported fairly constantly in the international media, development-based internal displacement in the continent is yet to gain such prominence. Guest blogger Dr Romola Adeola explores the prevalence of this root cause of internal displacement in Africa and why it has largely gone unnoticed in discussions on humanitarian protection by regional and international agencies.

07 December 2016 | Blog Post

From Kampala to Istanbul: Advancing global accountability for IDPs through law and policy making

The World Humanitarian Summit is a great opportunity for states and other stakeholders to state their commitment to building regional and national normative frameworks to protect IDPs.

19 May 2016 | Publication

“A recipe for violence”: The impact of Burundi’s downward spiral on displacement

An eye witness account on the current displacement situation in Burundi where thousands of people are fleeing their homes due to political unrest.

22 December 2015 | Blog Post

A review of the normative framework in Kenya relating to the protection of IDPs

Kenya has one of the most articulated IDP frameworks in the world, but additional steps may be required for it to become fully operational.

28 August 2015 | Publication

Towards a comprehensive response to internal displacement in Kenya: a roadmap for action

IDMC recommends a series of normative actions for Kenya to complete the work initiated with the adoption of the IDP Act in 2012 and the drafting of the IDP policy.

21 August 2015 | Publication

Internal displacement in the Central African Republic

This map shows the internal displacement in the Central African Republic as of May 2015

26 May 2015 | Map

Central African Republic: IDPs face significant challenges as instability and political transition continue

More than 426,200 IDPs in the Central African Republic continue to live in limbo as a result of the current conflict and communal violence and despite reconciliation efforts.

26 May 2015 | Overview

The national responsibility to protect internally displaced people: The Kampala Convention

IDMC organised a training workshop in partnership with the Norwegian Refugee Council and the AU Commission to promote the ratification and the implementation of the Kampala Convention.

11 May 2015 | Publication

Adopting and implementing Somaliland’s draft policy framework on internal displacement

IDMC gathered national institutions, humanitarian agencies, CSOs and IDP representatives to discuss the steps required for the draft policy to be adopted and implemented in Somaliland .

23 April 2015 | Publication

Applying the Kampala Convention in the context of Zimbabwe

IDMC workshops aim to provide technical support to national processes. This was the case of the workshop held in Harare in November 2014 when different stakeholders were convened to discuss the findings of a study on the domestic displacement framework.

03 February 2015 | Publication

Guest blogger Elizabeth Ferris describes “the dangers of mainstreaming IDPs into oblivion”

Increasingly, international humanitarians talk about the protection of civilians, vulnerable groups, and affected populations rather than about internally displaced persons (IDPs). What dangers could this pose to IDPs?

29 January 2015 | Blog Post

IDMC at Chatham House: Nigeria’s 2015 elections, Boko Haram and Security

With the Nigerian presidential and parliamentary elections due in February 2015, there are fears the violence that accompanied the polls three years ago will reoccur.

11 December 2014 | Blog Post

Nigeria: multiple displacement crises overshadowed by Boko Haram

In the run-up to 2015 elections, attacks by Boko Haram militants have caused an unprecedented crisis in north-eastern Nigeria, compounding other complex causes of internal displacement such as inter-communal violence and flooding.

09 December 2014 | Overview

Nigeria: internal displacement as of December 2014

This map shows the causes of internal displacement in Nigeria reported in 2013-2014.

09 December 2014 | Map

Domesticating the Kampala Convention: Law and Policy Making

IDMC in partnership with the Liberia Refugee Resettlement and Rehabilitation Commission (LRRRC) organised a three-day training workshop for national law makers, government officials and members of the Liberian civil society with the aim of supporting the domestication of the Kampala Convention in Liberia.

09 October 2014 | Publication

IDMC shares concerns and recommendations on situation of IDPs in South Sudan at Human Rights Council

IDMC Analyst gave a statement to the UN Human Rights Council on the situation of internally displaced people (IDPs) in South Sudan

02 October 2014 | Blog Post

Oral statement to the 27th session of the UN Human Rights Council on South Sudan

IDMC Analyst gave a statement to the UN Human Rights Council on the situation of internally displaced people (IDPs) in South Sudan

24 September 2014 | Human Rights Mechanism

South Sudan: greater humanitarian and development efforts needed to meet IDPs’ growing needs

IDMC highlights the deteriorating situation for more than a million IDPs in South Sudan and the numerous challenges they face.

09 July 2014 | Overview

Sudan: Other crises distract attention from tremendous needs of IDPs

In this overview, IDMC analyses the deeply worrying situation for IDPs in Sudan as well as exploring their outstanding and ongoing needs.

09 July 2014 | Overview

Conflict and disaster induced internal displacement for 2013 in Sudan

This map shows conflict and disaster-induced internal displacement in 2013

09 July 2014 | Map

Conflict induced internal displacement and flood-affected areas in South Sudan

This map shows the number of IDPs displaced by conflict since 15 December 2013 as well as areas hit by flooding in 2013.

09 July 2014 | Map

Nigeria: Fleeing Boko Haram's relentless terror

IDMC's latest analysis of displacement by Boko Haram reveals that extreme violence has caused some 250,000 to flee their homes in the last 10 months

05 June 2014 | Publication

Central African Republic: amid extreme poverty and state fragility, more robust response needed

IDMC highlights the plight of hundreds of thousands of IDPs in CAR who continue to face numerous challenges in enjoying even their basic human rights.

30 May 2014 | Overview

Internal displacement in the Central African Republic by prefectures as of May 2014

This map shows the number of internally displaced people by prefectures in the Central African Republic. Figures outside Bangui are as of December 2013.

30 May 2014 | Map

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