The Global Engagement Network on Internal Displacement in Africa (GENIDA) and the Populace Foundation International (TPFI), in partnership with The State of the Union (SOTU), and in collaboration with the Centre for Public Interest Law (CEPIL) and the Centre for Policy Analysis, convene a “Colloquium to Critically Examine Uganda’s National IDP Policy (2004) against the Kampala Convention” on zoom.
Date: 8 – 9 September 2021
Time: 9:00 - 16:00 PM (EAT)
The meeting will bring together IDPs in the six districts of Buliisa, Soroti, Mbale, Kasese, Oyam and Acholi in Uganda that have been impacted by internal displacement. The meeting will also be graced by the members of Parliament and CSOs involved in research on internal displacement. Policy advocates from Cameroon, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Kenya will examine the Uganda IDP Policy and its application in their countries for critical analysis and examination. These advocates are among the ten core GENIDA Network members based in these countries engaged in day-to-day research, advocacy and policy reform dialogues to protect the rights of the internally displaced persons in their respective countries. For this reason, they possess in-depth knowledge and experience to aid in the review and drafting of amendments to the Uganda IDP policy with the Kampala Convention as a benchmark. For this Colloquium, GENIDA will invite zoom presentations from the following GENIDA Network Members:
- MS Nicoline Wazeh Nwenushi
The Founder and CEO of Pathways for Women in Development (Pawed) in Cameroon.
- Professor Ines Raimundo Associate Professor
Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique
- Ms. Asmau Gangso Benzies
Centre for Non-violence and Gender Advocacy, Nigeria
- Mr. Rashid Dambuya
Associate lecturer Department of Law, Fourah Bay College University of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone.
- Professor Ambani Sogo
Dean Law School, Kabarak University, Kenya
The meeting will also explore new insights and successful approaches from development, disaster risk management, humanitarian action and peacebuilding initiatives on the ground for a better understanding of the risk and impacts on internal displacement. With a specific emphasis on the Uganda National IDP Policy and the Kampala Convention, the Colloquium is a deliberate effort to systematically mobilize and utilize inclusive dialogue for policy review and reform one of GENIDA’s objectives.
The overall objective of the Colloquium is to create a safe platform for IDPs to share their experience, which will enhance scrutiny of the Uganda National IDP Policy against the Kampala Convention and aid in the development of amendments to the policy.
- To advocate for continued policy advocacy and law reforms regarding internal displacement in Uganda and Africa at large.
- To establish GENIDA National Coalition (Uganda) Chapter as a platform to scale up national-level coordination for dialogues that contribute towards research in various disciplines and other social standings in Uganda.
- To use the National-Level Coalition as a platform to reach out to IDPs in Uganda.
- To identify individuals within the IDP communities to champion their concerns through constructive engagements and follow-ups.
- To provide a benchmark for follow-up meetings with selected Ugandan Members of Parliament and other CSOs to advocate for the amendment of the policy.
- To comprehensively draft a report detailing proposed amendments to the Uganda IDP policy.