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Urban displacement and development: moving the debate forward

Time (GMT +00) 00:00 23:59


Niels Harild -
Lead Social Development Specialist (Displacement) - The World Bank Group

George Deikun - United Nations Habitat Geneva Office, Liaison and Humanitarian Affairs Office UN- Habitat

David Gatimu - Urban Planner, City Council of Nairobi, Government of Kenya

Tom Goodfellow - Research Fellow, Department of International Development, London School of Economics

Michael Kagan - Co-Director of Immigration Clinic, Associate Professor of Law, University of Nevada

Dolores Koenig - Professor, Department of Anthropology, American University

Katy Long - Department for International Development, London School of Economics

Joseph Schechla - Coordinator, Housing and Land Rights Network Habitat International Coalition

Roger Zetter - Emeritus Professor, Refugee Studies Center, University of Oxford


On 7-8 February 2013, the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denmark will hold a conference on urban displacement. The event will bring together development specialists (donors, policy-makers, academics and practitioners) and humanitarian professionals to explore new approaches to addressing the plight of the urban displaced.

Approximately half of the world’s estimated 10.5 million refugees and at least 13 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) are thought to live in urban areas. Several high-profile situations of urban displacement have occurred in the last decade including those in Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Yemen and in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

Over the past two years, extensive research has been conducted on the phenomenon of displacement in the urban environment and the implications and challenges for humanitarian action. Through field research in Amman, Damascus, the Gaza Strip, Kabul, Nairobi, Peshawar and Yei HPG’s research project considered the experiences of displaced people, investigated the policy and operational challenges that confront national and international stakeholders when responding to their needs, and offered recommendations for strengthening support to these groups.

If you wish to attend this event or require further details, please contact HPG at [email protected] or 0207 922 0331.

Copenhagen, Denmark