Moving Beyond Rhetoric: Consultation and Participation with Populations Displaced by Conflict or Natural Disasters
The Brookings Institution, University of Bern, Project on Internal Displacement, October 2008, 118p (pdf)
"The importance of engaging directly with populations affected by poverty, conflict and disaster is a common theme in the literature on humanitarian aid, development and peacebuilding. However, despite the many documented benefits, consultation with and participation by affected populations -- including IDPs -- remains limited". This study, reviewing previous experiences of consultation with internally displaced persons is to encourage reflection and debate on the benefits, limitations and risks of consultative and participatory approaches in working with communities displaced by both conflict and natural disasters.
Elizabeth Ferris is co-director of the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement and focuses on the international community’s response to humanitarian crises, with a particular emphasis on the human rights of internally displaced persons.
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H12/01-09, Posted January 7, 2009