What happens when millions of people are forced to leave their own homes due to conflict, violence, development risks, disasters and climate change? Do these millions of people have rights? The case can be made that internal displacement is the greatest tragedy of our time and that the people being displaced (mostly women & children) are among the most vulnerable of the human family. What are we going to do to help families caught between warring parties and having to leave their home under relentless bombardments or threat of armed attacks, whose own governments may be responsible for displacing them? And what about the thousands of people who are residents of poor neighborhoods rendered unsafe and uninhabitable, at least temporarily, by the impacts of weather-related, geophysical or technological hazards? Alexandra and her team at the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre will have some of the answers, which will help us know better and do better.

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  • The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), established in 1998, is the leading source and analysis on internal displacement.
  • The issue of internal displacement was just rising up on the international scene in 1998. Internal displacement means that individuals are displaced inside their own country. How many people were affected each year? How many people were living in displacement and where? How severe was their displacement?
  • The IDMC team is 23 people strong. The amazing work they do, the history of that work and what is currently happening in the Centre is phenomenal – listen to hear Alexandra’s in depth illustration on this podcast.
  • Disaster related displacement impacts every country in the world – either now or in the future.
  • What is the IDMC essentially calculating and what are the political and social challenges they face in sharing their data? How are countries supporting their work and working against the Centre? Learn more on this podcast.
  • Internally displaced people (IDPs) are not refugees – they have not crossed a recognized international border. They are living within their native country’s borders and do not benefit from refugee aid resources.
  • Keeping internal displacement on the international political agenda is the key objective for the data collected through the Centre. Internal displacement is the symptom of how a government/country is fairing on issues related to sustainable development, poverty reduction, climate change adaptation, stability, economic health, etc. The IDMC is the temperature gauge on the state of the world.
  • Helping to redirect political attention, policy and financial resources to where they are most needed is a key objective for the IDMC.
  • How does internal displacement evolve over a period of time? What aspects of displacement get worse with the passing of time? What does Alexandra expect to see over the next few years? Join the conversation by listening to this podcast today!
  • Over the last 10 years, every year the IDMC is reporting more people displaced by climate disasters rather than conflict. Alexandra paints the full picture and provides clarity on the issues at hand and what regions of our planet are at true risk of extinction.
  • How many IDPs are in cities? It is difficult to count IDPs in cities, than it is in camps. Urban internal displacement is a huge research area right now – what happens to people that are displaced into cities and what happens to the cities? How many people living in these cities, that might be prone to climate disasters, may cause displacement a second or third time?



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