Being Heard: Enhancing Opportunities for Participation of Internally Displaced Persons in Decision-Making
Through its partners, the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Internal Displacement consulted over 12,5000 IDPs in 22 countries to ask about priority needs for solutions. The top three issues cited were: (1) safety and security, (2) housing, land and property, and (3)livelihoods. An alarming proportion reported they did not feel heard by decision-makers, with this being particularly true for women, the LGBTI community, youth, indigenous and marginalized populations, and host community members.
While it has been fairly common to stress the importance of including internally displaced persons in programmatic and policy decision-making, there is still a long way to go before this becomes a reality. Suggestions, based on research from South Sudan and Niger, have been made regarding how to increase participation of IDP women by looking at their roles in the household, community or camp and national-level decisions. Other reports have called for increased electoral participation of IDPs. This event will consider ways that IDPs can increase their participation in decision-making processes, including through participation in IDP camp committees and in advocating change with their governments.
The event is facilitated by Elizabeth Ferris, ISIM,Georgetown University, and includes contributions from:
• Sam Grundy, Stabilization Program Advisor, Transition and RecoveryDivision, IOM
• Patrick Saez, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development
• Meg Sattler, Director, Ground Truth Solutions
• Wan Sophonpanich, CCCM Global Cluster Lead
• Tetyana Durnyeva, Executive Director, “Group of Influence,” Ukraine