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The Global Solutions Group for Stability, Peace and Security (SPS): Lecture series


Challenges and Opportunities for a more effective response to IDPs’ needs

The number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) – both due to conflict and violence, but also due to disasters – is estimated to be higher than ever. Behind numbers are stories of loss, dislocation and discrimination. Too often, displacement lasts for years, where people stay vulnerable, without satisfying solutions. Governments, humanitarian and development actors all have a role to play to protect IDPs, address the socio-economic-impact of internal displacement for IDPs, host communities and local Governments, and support solutions, as early as possible after the breakout of the conflict or after a disaster occurs. The Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of IDPs, Ms. Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, will draw on her recent field visits to El Salvador, Niger and Libya, and more generally on her experience as Special Rapporteur, to give an overview of the different situations that IDPs face across the globe today and propose specific areas of action.


Cecilia Jimenez-Damary
Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons


Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez
Senior Director, Social, Rural, Urban and Resilience, WBG


Alexandra Bilak
Director, International Displacement Monitoring Centre

Maninder Gill
Director, Social, Rural, Urban and Resilience, WBG