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Protecting internally displaced communities in Somalia: experience from the Benadir region

Mohamed Osman Mohamoud, Nicholas Ndiema, Salim Kinyiri, Abdirisak Ahmed Dalmar

International Institute for Environment and Development



This working paper documents research carried out on the protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in urban communities in Somalia, providing an evidence base for improved humanitarian protection. The study, carried out in Hodan, Wadajir and Dharkenley Districts in the Benadir region, uses both quantitative and qualitative approaches to identify urban IDP protection needs and explore the relevance of the proximity of the IDP camps to the urban centre of Mogadishu. By identifying IDP protection and food security needs, the paper highlights existing gaps in the coordination of stakeholders in protection issues, and considers how protection approaches could be integrated into programming. It proposes an institutional framework for the identification, inclusion and support for the social, economic, physical, and rights-based protection of IDPs in Somalia.


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