Putting IDPs on the map: achievements and challenges

December 2006

After twelve years as Co-Director of the Project on Internal Displacement at the Brookings Institution, Roberta Cohen retired at the end of 2006. This special issue not only commemorates Roberta’s work but also takes stock. The articles explore lessons learned from trying to apply the Guiding Principles, the implications of institutional changes for the protection of IDPs and opportunities and challenges for putting the protection of IDPs into practice. The authors remind us how much progress has been made and the importance of Roberta’s contribution. However, they also warn us how much remains to be done.


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Putting IDPs on the map: achievements and challenge
Special Issue
December 2006


Francis Deng and Walter Kälin

A personal tribute to Roberta Cohen
Francis M Deng

The future of the Guiding Principles
Walter Kälin

Placing IDPs on the international agenda: lessons learned.
Petter F Wille

I first met Roberta...
Maria Stavropoulou

Humanitarian reform and new institutional responses
Dennis McNamara

UNHCR’s role in IDP protection: opportunities and challenges
Erika Feller

ProCap: new approach to protection

Protection of IDP women, children and youth
Dale Buscher and Carolyn Makinson

Improving IDP data: prerequisite for
Elisabeth Rasmusson

IDP protection at the national level in South Asia
Paula Banerjee

A road map to the end of displacement in Sri Lanka?
Jeevan Thiagarajah

How far may Colombia’s Constitutional
Manuel José Cepeda-Espinosa

Regional or national protection for Great Lakes IDPs?
Zachary A Lomo

Development-induced and conflict-induced IDPs:
Michael M Cernea

Studying IDPs: retrospect and prospect
Susan Martin

The Project: a replicable model of innovative response?
Thomas G Weiss

Looking to the future
Elizabeth Ferris

In her own words
tribute from FMR editors