01 October 2019


Geneva, Switzerland

Internal Displacement Conference

Our second interdisciplinary conference on internal displacement took place on 1 October 2019. Some 200 people – governments from every continent, UN agencies, NGOs and academics – came together to look beyond the data and the analysis at how, both in policy and in practice, we can help governments to help the world’s ever-growing numbers of internally displaced people. With a focus on solutions, the conference explored new insights and successful approaches from development, disaster risk management, humanitarian action and peace-building for better understanding and addressing the risk and impacts of internal displacement. 

Watch the 8 minute highlights video below. 


Watch the full video of the day below. 


Summary report

Conference Report

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Thematic discussions

Several topics were discussed throughout the day.

Session 1: The end of displacement – national solutions for sustainable development

  • David Peikrishvili, Government of Georgia. Reducing displacement in Georgia.
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  • Oscar Rico, Government of Colombia. Assisted return to Colombian victims after seeking international protection abroad.
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Session 2: Local solutions – ending displacement in cities

  • Faten Ghosn, Arizona University. Lessons from history: ending internal displacement in cities in post-civil war Lebanon.
  • Rebecca Enobong Roberts. Internal displacement in Nigerian Cities.
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  • Louise Thaller, IMPACT Initiatives. From shared understanding to shared vision: supporting local actors to identify and respond to the needs of IDPs and vulnerable host communities in Bangui, Central African Republic.
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  • Schadi Semnani, IDMC. Urban displacement in a rural society: insights from Yemen.
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Session 3: The future we want – accounting for and supporting children in internal displacement

  • Verena Knaus, UNICEF. Access to education for internally displaced children.
  • Ilan Cerna-Turoff, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Understanding social and health outcomes of internal displacement: children displaced by the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
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  • Laurent Grosbois, Save the Children. Child-sensitive durable solutions: New guidance and research findings.
  • Elisa Gamero, World Vision El Salvador. Supporting children on the move in El Salvador and Central America.
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Session 4: Understanding displacement – scale, severity, risk and impacts

  • Luiza Pallone, RESAMA. Making disaster displacement visible in Brazil: national disaster data collection and information system.
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  • Roger Guiu, Social Inquiry Iraq. Monitoring physical and social conditions in places of origin to understand IDP return patterns.
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  • Serge Stroobants, Institute for Economics and Peace. Using the Global Peace Index to understand displacement risk.
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  • Shankar Iyer, Facebook. Mobile phone location data for understanding disaster displacement.
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  • Hawa Adinani Hasani. Community mapping for floor resilience.                                                                             Download the presentation

Session 5: Prevention, mitigation and solutions – connecting local and national efforts

  • Nadia Siddiqui, Social Inquiry Iraq. Reasons to remain: determinants for IDP integration into host communities in Iraq.
  • Anne Davies, Sudan RCO. Durable solutions evidence and strategy: the case of Sudan.
  • Ambrose Mugisha, UNDP. Local livelihoods, national strategies: lessons from investments in resilience-building in Somali region, Ethiopia.
  • Tamar Bolkvadze, Danish Refugee Council. Participation and Coordination between national and local stakeholders for durable solutions in Georgia.
  • Ezekiel Simperingham, IFRC. Building coherent approaches to displacement among community responders and national institutions: experience from national Red Cross/ Red Crescent societies.
  • Anicet Adjaho, UNHCR. Peace-building measures towards durable solutions for refugees and displaced persons in CAR.



Conference photos

Find a selection of photos from the conference and reception here