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Tackling the Root Causes of Displacement, (Re-)integrating Refugees and IDPs


German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) lessons learnt workshop

Objectives of the workshop

  • To foster systematic learning based on the experiences and expertise of projects and organisations in addressing conflict-induced internal displacement;
  • To lay the foundation for further integrating good practices in addressing the needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and their host communities into the strategy and portfolio of BMZ programming;
  • To consolidate learning and recommendations in order to inform international processes, firmly anchoring the issue of internal displacement in the international political debate;
  • To increase knowledge exchange between organisations and support peer-to-peer learning across different organisations.

The workshop is followed by panel discussion to mark the 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.  


Panel Discussion: Invisible Displacement - Internally Displaced Persons 

Addressed neither in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, nor in the Global Compact on Refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) continue to remain at the margins of the international agenda. Yet more than half of all forcibly displaced persons worldwide seek refuge within their own country without crossing an international border.

This panel aims to raise awareness for the situation of these 40 million internally displaced persons worldwide. It will look at the particular challenges faced by internally displaced persons, the legal framework governing their situation, and the role of development cooperation in providing long-term support to internally displaced persons and their host communities.

It will further draw on lessons learned from programmes supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) that benefit IDPs and their host communities in a diverse range of countries and contexts such as Colombia, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, the Philippines, Syria, South Sudan, Ukraine and Yemen.



18:00 Admission and Registration
18:30 Welcome Note by Dr. Elke Löbel, Commissioner for Refugee Policy, BMZ
18:45 Keynote by Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of IDPs (United Nations, Geneva)
19:00 Panel Discussion with speakers from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (Bina Desai), BMZ (Elke Löbel) and the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of IDPs (Cecilia Jimenez-Damary)
20:15 Closing Remarks followed by a Reception hosted by BMZ