CfP: Panel “Mainstreaming Migration and Displacement in the Development Agenda”. Deadline: 20/01/2016

World Conference on Humanitarian Studies, Addis Ababa, March 5-8, 2016

The displaced have been supported through humanitarian aid but development initiatives have fallen short of mainstreaming their needs. Although refugees, returnees and IDPs are in need of humanitarian support, they also require the relevant development provision in order create opportunities to step out of displacement and poverty. The purpose of this panel is to highlight how developmental initiatives can and should work in line with humanitarian work for durable solutions to migration and displacement.

The focus on transitional and durable solutions can be addressed through a skills and livelihoods angle, integrating economic development and migration response not as two separate streams of interventions but as intertwined processes. Samuel Hall’s ( work in Somalia on youth-employment-migration, in Ethiopia on out-of-camp opportunities for refugee youth and in Kenya on transitional solutions for refugees, are examples that show how development can bring solutions to classic humanitarian challenges.

The panel welcomes contributions from academics, practitioners and the private sector in highlighting how displacement can be integrated in development plans – looking at best practices, lessons learned from programming and current research on mainstreaming migration and displacement in the development agenda.

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