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Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Everyday justice for internally displaced persons: Not just a humanitarian problem

Lecture by Dr Carolien Jacobs on 14 March 2017 at BICC in BICC's Brown Bag Lecture Series "Displacement and Development".

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is home to about 1.9 million IDPs. Only one out of four of these IDPs live in camps or camp-like settings. Three out of four live among host communities where they have to organize their own modes of living, find shelter and seek means for daily survival. In her presentation, Carolien Jacobs will zoom in on this group of displaced persons that tends to be largely overlooked by humanitarian agents, by policymakers and by the state. Based on empirical data from a two-year socio-legal research project, this presentation will show some of the major challenges in terms of rights and justice, ways in which IDPs try to overcome these, and some of the ways forward to ensure better protection for IDPs. Although findings are country-specific, they certainly apply in wider settings as well. 

Invitation (pdf)