Internally Displaced Persons and Mediation

In 2010, Conflict Dynamics was commissioned to produce the latest volume of the Peacemaker’s Toolkit series from US Institute of Peace, Integrating Internal Displacement in Peace Processes and Agreements. The new guide was launched in Nairobi and is the result of collaboration between the Brookings-Bern Project (now Brookings-LSE Project) on Internal Displacement, USIP, and experts on mediation, peacemaking, and internal displacement. Conflict Dynamics President Gerard Mc Hugh served as the lead editor.

The 2007 report Addressing Internal Displacement in Peace Processes, Peace Agreements, and Peace-Building of the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, concluded that internal displacement has often been addressed in an ad hoc manner in peace processes and peace agreements. It recommended developing guidance for mediators focusing specifically on incorporating internal displacement in peace initiatives. This guide was developed in response to that recommendation. It gives practical guidance to mediators on how to integrate internal displacement in peace negotiations, how to incorporate issues pertaining to internal displacement into peace agreements, and how to engage the internally displaced persons themselves in the peace process.

Humanitarian Implications of Sanctions

In 2004, Conflict Dynamics’ President Gerard Mc Hugh and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) launched two Inter-Agency Standing Committee publications on assessing the possible humanitarian implications of sanctions. The Sanctions Assessment Handbook and accompanying Field Guidelines were produced under a Canadian and Swiss funded OCHA project.

Click here to read the 2004 Press Release from the United Nations.