Tuesday, 06 November 2018

International conference \ Breaking Cycles of Displacement

On 28-29 November 2018, BICC is conducting an international conference reflecting protracted situations of displacement.

Photo: M. Rudolf\BICC

Protracted situations of displacement are increasing both in numbers and persistence. They pose  a considerable challenge to development and  humanitarian aid in the affected regions. Selfreliance approaches are regarded as a possible way  forward—most prominently in the Global Compact  on Refugees. The local conditions for implementing such approaches as well as the perspectives  and strategies of those affected have, nevertheless, often been ignored. The conference addresses  this shortcoming by presenting and assessing  innovative understandings of the characteristics and specifics of such situations. Solutions to  protracted displacement will be discussed from  a bottom-up perspective drawing on extensive  empirical research. Case studies will include East  and West Africa, South America, the Middle and  the Far East. The panelists will analyze characteristics and differences of protracted displacement,  discuss challenges of (re-)integration and the  interrelation of peace processes and displacement  dynamics. They will also explore how academic  analyses relate to specific humanitarian and developmental approaches.

The conference aims to present and discuss  the findings of the four-year-long comparative  research project “Protected rather than protracted—Strengthening Refugees and Peace”  funded by the German Federal Ministry for  Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).  This project scrutinizes opportunities for finding  solutions to protracted displacement and inves- tigates in how far the participation of displaced  persons in peace processes influences the sustainability of their (re-)integration.