Evidence on internal displacement in Afghanistan: In search of dignified life, durable solutions, and sustainable development for the Afghan internally displaced people

Md Palash Kamruzzaman, Kate Williams, Ali Wardak, Laura Cowley, Mohammad Yaseen Ayobi, Alef-Shah Zadran, Mohammad Ehsanul Kabir

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Abstract

This research offers a detailed account of Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) experiences of violence in Afghanistan and how/whether this has contributed to the loss of their dignity. The field research highlights what realistic changes would make a positive difference to leading safe and peaceful lives for IDPs in Afghanistan. In essence they need to be treated with dignity, justice and equality and be supported out of poverty and to re-build their lives and positive communities. In doing so, it is necessary to recognise and address issues that are important to the dignity and well-being of those being helped. It is thus imperative to understand what the IDPs perceive as dignity (or its loss) and how it underpins their calls for supporting their future. The main objectives of this research focused on understanding:

• causes of displacement and IDPs displacement journeys;
• the socioeconomic conditions IDPs are living in, and the impact of displacement on their physical and psychological wellbeing;
• conceptualisations of dignity from both IDPs and humanitarian aid actors and government workers
• the impact of both displacement and of assistance on the dignity of IDPs;
• actors’ experiences of providing assistance;
• ways in which the dignity of IDPs might be improved; and
• how to begin to deliver durable solutions which are meaningful to IDPs.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages154
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022

Keywords

  • Internally Displaced Persons
  • Afghanistan
  • Dignity
  • displacement journeys

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