Breaking the Impasse

Breaking the Impasse

Reducing Protracted Internal Displacement as a Collective Outcome

The global number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has reached an all-time high, as an increasing number of IDPs remain displaced for years or even decades. With durable solutions often out of reach, IDPs are “left behind” despite the promises of the Sustainable Development Goals. In light of these deeply worrying trends and the corresponding need for more effective response strategies, this OCHA-commissioned study offers a better understanding of protracted internal displacement and proposes a new, collective approach. The study examines methods of good practice and features five case studies: Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Philippines, Somalia and Ukraine.


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  • Jean-Louis De Brouwer,

    Director, Humanitarian and Civil Protection Operations, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations

  • Vincent Hubin,

    Head of the OCHA Brussels Liaison Office



  • Walter Kälin

    Co-author of the report, Professor emeritus at the University of Bern, Switzerland, former Special Envoy of the Nansen Initiative on cross-border displacement in the context of disasters and climate change and former Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons