High-level experts forum on durable solutions to protracted displacement in Africa

Venues: Future Africa Campus, and Online

Monday 19 September 2022

9:00 - 9:10          

Arrival and Registration: Ms Sabeeha Majid/Ms Janet Gbam
Moderator: Abiy Ashenafi
Manager: Migration Unit, Centre for Human Rights



Welcome address: Prof Frans Viljoen
Director: Centre for Human Rights

9:20 - 9:30          

Opening remarks: Mr Lloyd Kuveya (ONLINE)
Assistant Director (Operations): Centre for Human Rights

9:30 - 9:40          

Keynote address: Commissioner Rakeb Messele Aberra
Deputy Chief Commissioner: Ethiopian Human Rights Commission

9:40 - 9:50          

Keynote address: Advocate Bahame Tom Nyanduga
Advocate; former Commissioner of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and Special Rapporteur on Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Stateless Persons and Migrants

Conceptual issues relating to durable solutions to displacement in Africa

9:50 - 10:05        

Reorienting the discourse on durable solutions: Towards addressing the root-causes of forced displacement in Africa
Dr Samuel Woldemariam (ONLINE)
Lecturer: Newcastle Law School, Australia

10:05 - 10:20      

The uselessness of African borders? Reflections on the creation of five ‘big states’ replacing the present fifty-four sovereign states and its possible benefit reducing the burden of refugees and favouring a durable solution to the plight of displacement in Africa
Dr Cristiano d’Orsi
Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow: South African Research Chair in International Law (SARCIL), University of Johannesburg.

10:20 - 10:35      

Complementarity of law and politics in the quest for a lasting answer to refugeehood: An African perspective|
Dr Norman Pinduka|
Lecturer: International Relations Department, Africa University, Zimbabwe

10:35 - 10:50      

Reimagining durable solutions: An analysis of Kenya’s Refugee Act of 2021
Ms Mumbi Gichuhi
Lawyer and Senior Resettlement Assistant, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Ms Ivy Shiechelo
Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and Legal Fellow at Equality Now

10:50 - 11:10 Tea break

Human rights and durabe solutions

11:10 - 11:25      

The protection of socio-economic rights and durable solutions
Dr Callixte Kavuro|
Senior Research Fellow: Stellenbosch University

Durable solutions in the context of conflict-induced displacement in Africa 

11:25 - 11:40      

Human rights-based durable solutions to internal displacement in Ethiopia: The case of inter-communal conflict-induced displacement in Gedeo and West Guji Zones
Mr Fikire Tinsae Birhane (ONLINE)
Doctoral Candidate: Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, University of Pretoria; Lecturer: Hawassa University, Ethiopia.

Durable solutions to displacement in the context of climate change and disasters in Africa

11:40 - 11:55      

Climate change and disaster-induced displacement and durable solutions in Africa
Dr Freeman Mateko|
University of Witswatersrand
Dr Noncedo Vutula
Nelson Mandela University

11:55 - 12:10      

Extensive climate change, the farmer-herder crisis and local integration: An examination of durable solutions and rights of internally displaced people in Northern Nigeria
Mr Opeyemi Adewale (ONLINE)

Durable solutions in the context of development induced displacement

12:10 - 12:25 

Land dispossession in the name of development: Mapping the challenges experienced by minority groups in protecting land rights. A case study of Zimbabwe and Uganda
Ms Ruwadzano Patience Makumbe
Doctoral Candidate: Ghent University, Belgium

Durable solutions in the context of specific groups

Moderator: Dr Elvis Fokala
Manager: Children’s Rights Unit, Centre for Human Rights
Postdoctoral Researcher: Centre for Human Rights

12:25 - 12:35      

Why and how should durable solutions address the specific situations of forcibly displaced women?
Prof Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso (ONLINE)
Babcock University, Nigeria

12:35 - 12:45      

Forced migration of sexual minorities and durable solutions
Dr Ayodele Sogunro
Manager: SOGIESC Unit, Centre for Human Rights
Postdoctoral Researcher: Centre for Human Rights

12:45 - 12:55      

The Kampala Convention, durable solutions and internally displaced children|
Dr Charissa Fawole
Lecturer: University of Johannesburg

12:55 - 13:05      

Durable solutions for urban refugees in Africa
Dr Michael Addaney
Lecturer: University of Energy and Natural Resources, Ghana

13:05 - 13:15      

Durable solutions to stateless persons
Ms Liesl Muller
Senior Attorney: Centre for Child Law, University of Pretoria

13:15 - 14:10        Lunch

Institutional frameworks for durable solutions

14:10 - 14:25     

The role of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) in promoting human rights-based durable solutions for internally displaced persons (IDPs): The case of Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
Ms Enguday Meskele Ashine
Acting Director: Department on refugees, IDPs and migrant rights at the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission; Former Assistant Professor, Wolaita Sodo University
Commissioner Rakeb Messele Aberra

Deputy Chief Commissioner: Ethiopian Human Rights Commission

Media and advocacy: promoting durable solutions

14:25 - 14-40      

The role of the media in advocating for durable solutions to internally displaced persons
Mr Jimmy Kainja
Senior Lecturer: University of Malawi

14:40 - 14:55      

Redesigning advocacy efforts to promote a better implementation of durable solutions to prolonged displacement in Africa
Ms Patience M Nyaruwanga
LLM Candidate: University of Pretoria

Declaration on durable solutions to protracted displacement in Africa

14:55 - 15:25      

Group discussion on Declaration on Durable Solutions to Protracted Displacement in Africa
Moderator: Prof Frans Viljoen
Director: Centre for Human Rights

15:25 - 15:50       Group presentation of inputs

15:50 - 16:10       Adoption of draft Declaration

16:10 - 16:20       Closing remarks and evaluation

18:00 - 19:45       Dinner at Blu Saffron Restaurant


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