|Having worked in Azerbaijan where there was over 1 million internally displaced persons, who after 10 years of cessation of conflict some were still living in tents, any ‘durable solution’ must be good. I have also worked in Chad and Colombia and know that it is a growing problem and one which gets little attention once initial news media have moved onto the next crisis.
Framework for Durable Solutions for Displaced Persons
Displacement is a life-changing event. While the often traumatic experience of displacement cannot be undone, internally displaced persons (IDPs) need to be able to resume a normal life by achieving a durable solution. As articulated in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, IDPs have a right to a durable solution and often need assistance in their efforts. Guiding Principles 28-30 set out the rights of IDPs to durable solutions, the responsibilities of national authorities, and the role of humanitarian and development actors to assist durable solutions. The Framework for Durable Solutions for Displaced Persons aims to provide clarity on the concept of a durable solution and provides general guidance on how to achieve it.
This newly released framework builds on a pilot version released in 2007, which the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) welcomed and suggested to field-test. The Framework was revised and finalised in 2009, taking into account valuable feedback from the field on the pilot version and subsequent drafts.
Providing solutions to IDPs and ensuring their protection and assistance primarily lie with national authorities and, where applicable, with nonstate actors who control a given territory. This Framework should enable humanitarian organizations to assist the relevant authorities and non state actors to take on this responsibility. Its purpose is also to assist them and the displaced themselves to determine whether durable solutions to internal displacements have been found and, if not, to identify what is still required towards reaching that goal.
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