2009 Dialogue: Related Themes
This web page has been divided thematically to enable participants to understand and navigate through the complex topic of challenges to people of concern in cities and urban settings. Under each heading, you will find links to relevant articles, evaluations and tools:
- Identification and Outreach
- Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre: IDP Profiling (external link)
- Surviving in the city: A review of UNHCR's operation for Iraqi refugees in urban areas of Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, PDES Evaluation report, July 2009
- A tale of three cities: internal displacement, urbanization and humanitarian action in Abidjan, Khartoum and Mogadishu, Eveliina Lyytinen, PDES Research Paper, March 2009
- Ignored Displaced Persons: the plight of IDPs in urban areas, Alexandra Fielden, PDES Research Paper, July 2008
- Protecting the Displaced in Colombia: The Role of Municipal Authorities. Summary Report, Bogota, Colombia, 14 November 2008 (report of seminar convened by the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, Universidad de los Andes, UNHCR and Acción Social)
- On this site: Protection: A Safety Net
- Women and Children
- Making Mainstreaming a Reality: Gender and the UNHCR Policy on Refugee Protection and Solutions in Urban Areas. A Refugee Perspective, by Eileen Pittaway, Centre for Refugee Research
- On this site: Women and Children
- Livelihoods in Urban Settings: A Discussion Paper for the High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges
- Building Livelihoods: A Field Manual for Practioners in Humanitarian Settings, May 2009, published by the Women's Refugee Commission (external link)
- On this site: Livelihoods & Self-Reliance
Colombia: Life in the Barrios
12 May 2006
After more than forty years of internal armed conflict, Colombia has one of the largest populations of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the world. Well over two million people have been forced to flee their homes; many of them have left remote rural areas to take refuge in the relative safety of the cities.
Displaced families often end up living in slum areas on the outskirts of the big cities, where they lack even the most basic services. Just outside Bogota, tens of thousands of displaced people live in the shantytowns of Altos de Cazuca and Altos de Florida, with little access to health, education or decent housing. Security is a problem too, with irregular armed groups and gangs controlling the shantytowns, often targeting young people.
UNHCR is working with the authorities in ten locations across Colombia to ensure that the rights of internally displaced people are fully respected &; including the rights to basic services, health and education, as well as security.
Persons of Concern in Urban Areas in the News
- From Refugee to Writer 2 Apr 2014
- At the Still Point 24 Jun 2013
- Surviving in Niamey: Malian refugees struggle to get by in the big city 1 Nov 2012
2009 Dialogue: Literature Review
A review of available literature on persons of concern in urban settings.
- Selected Bibliography: Displacement to Urban Areas, Tim Morris, September 2012 Sep 2012
- Literature Review: Urban Refugees Sep 2009