Sub-Saharan Africa

 

Internal displacement in Sub-Saharan Africa

There were 12.5 million IDPs in the 21 sub-Saharan countries that IDMC monitors as of the end of 2013, more than a third of the global total. Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Sudan had the largest populations of IDPs in Africa.

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The Kampala Convention

The first of its kind in the world, the Kampala Convention is a regional instrument that binds governments to provide legal protection for the rights and well-being of those forced to flee inside their home countries due to conflict, violence, natural disasters, and other human rights abuses.

2015 | Overview

Burundi: guarded optimism that long-term IDPs may achieve durable solutions

In Burundi, thousands of IDPs still live in protracted displacement. Their prospects for durable solutions might increase with the forthcoming elections and the renewed engagement of the government.

2015 | Overview

Côte d'Ivoire: new commitments signal hope for 300,000 still internally displaced

Significant security improvements and promising political commitments have meant that many IDPs have been able to return to their home areas since mid-2011, but more than 300,000 still live in internal displacement.

2014 | Overview

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.

2014 | Publication

A review of the legal framework in Zimbabwe relating to the protection of IDPs

The report outlines gaps in the legal framework of Zimbabwe which prevent IDPs from exercising their rights and proposes recommendations.

2014 | Human Rights Mechanism

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

2014 | Human Rights Mechanism

Joint oral statement to the 27th session of the UN Human Rights Council on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 18 September 2014

IDMC Analyst gave a joint statement to the UN Human Rights Council on the situation of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

2014 | Briefing Paper

Central African Republic: complexity of displacement demands nuanced and sustained response

A year after the Séléka seized power in CAR, IDMC takes stock of the mass displacements that followed and maps challenges ahead.

2014 | Overview

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.

2014 | Blog Post

Displaced by disease: 5 displacement patterns emerging from the Ebola epidemic

When a whole town was displaced in Guinea during the Ebola crisis, the link between disease and displacement began to emerge.

2014 | Overview

Mali: Ongoing pursuit of durable solutions

By April 2014, 137,000 people remained internally displaced in Mali while those returning north faced numerous obstacles to securing a durable solution to their displacement.

Sub-Saharan Africa | Overview

LRA-related displacement in central Africa: an end to the emergency, but not to IDPs' needs

Since the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) first emerged in the 1980s, the group's violence has displaced an estimated 2.5 million people within and across borders in central Africa. Here, a regional analysis of displacement by the LRA

2014 | Blog Post

As DRC ratifies the Kampala Convention, IDMC asks: What difference will it make?

IDMC explores what difference the ratification of the Kampala Convention by the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will make for the country's IDPs.

2014 | Publication

Assessing drought displacement risk for Kenyan, Ethiopian and Somali pastoralists

IDMC examines how drought and other factors influence the scale, scope and patterns of drought-related displacement of pastoralists in the Horn of Africa.

2014 | Publication

Workshop on durable solutions in Mali

In February 2014, IDMC/NRC supported the development of a durable solutions strategy in Mali through the organisation of a workshop on durable solutions and the formulation of recommendations.