Governance and Politics
Behind the Scenes: Lessons Learnt from Developing a National Policy Framework on Internal Displacement in Kenya
Kenya is in the final stages of developing a Policy on internal displacement. Its legislature has recently passed a law to provide for the protection and provision of assistance to Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) based on the provisions of the Great Lakes Protocol on the Protection and Assistance to IDPs (Great Lakes IDP Protocol) and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (Guiding Principles).
Almost all countries within the Great Lakes Region1 have a population of internally displaced persons whose displacement has been occasioned by a number of factors such as conflicts, natural and man-made disasters and development projects. This report is the result of a project commissioned by the Refugee Consortium of Kenya and the Danish Refugee Council's Great Lakes Civil Society Project, whose purpose was to capture and analyse the advocacy and engagement process that went into the preparation of the IDP Policy and Bill in Kenya. This report highlights a number of best practices based on the Kenyan experience and also offers a number of comprehensive recommendations aimed at different actors.
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