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A young IDP walks through farmlands donated by Zannah Buka Mustapha to support more than 800 internally displaced families in Nigeria UNHCR/Rahima Gambo
A young IDP walks through farmlands donated by Zannah Buka Mustapha to support more than 800 internally displaced families in Nigeria

The latest issue of Forced Migration Review on ‘Twenty Years of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement’ is now online at www.fmreview.org/GuidingPrinciples20.

In the 20 years since they were launched, the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement have been of assistance to many States responding to internal displacement, and have been incorporated into many national and regional policies and laws. However, the scale of internal displacement today remains vast, and the impact on those who are displaced is immense.

Authors of the 19 theme articles acknowledge the applications and successes of the Guiding Principles while reflecting on their limitations, the challenges to their implementation, their relevance to contemporary incidences and different drivers of internal displacement, future challenges that might have to be faced, and the potential application of new understandings and new approaches.

The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, has written the Foreword to the issue.

This issue also includes seven ‘general articles’ on other aspects of forced displacement: lessons from the 1990s for Belize’s response to refugees today, development-induced resettlement in Myanmar, working with peer researchers in refugee communities (written by William Bakunzi, a Ugandan researcher who has worked on the RSC’s Refugee Economies project), valuing local humanitarian knowledge in the Central African Republic, the Global Summit of Refugees, a perspective on shared responsibility from an NGO in Nigeria, and local leadership in child protection.

To read individual articles or download the full pdf, please visit www.fmreview.org/GuidingPrinciples20. To request print copies, please email fmr@qeh.ox.ac.uk.

The issue will be available in print by 15 October and will later also be available in Arabic, Spanish and French.