What theatre brings to the discussion on internal displacement in Africa

by Taiwo Afolabi

As a theatre practitioner who has worked in over a dozen countries across four continents in diverse creative and community contexts, my mode of engagement in the narrative on internal displacement is using drama as a tool for creating positive and safe space in the discussion on internal displacement. I engage with different stakeholders and raise critical and ethical questions around sensitive issues on internal displacement. This is because I believe that theatre is useful as it provides a space for conversation around critical and sensitive issues.

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Internal displacement as a research agenda in Africa

by Romola Adeola

With the growing population of persons internally displaced within state borders and the challenges relating to protection, the importance of giving attention to the plight of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has emerged. Globally, this agenda has led to the emergence of a standard on internal displacement in the form of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement which was developed in 1998. In the last two decades, there have been significant progressions in the law and policy landscape attributable to the emergence of the Guiding Principles.

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Webinar: Urban internally displaced persons in an era of COVID-19 in Africa

On 8 October 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in collaboration with the Global Engagement Network on Internal Displacement in Africa (GENIDA), hosted a webinar on the situation of urban Internally Displaced Peoples in time of COVID-19 and how protection can be secured and enhanced. The project is an … Read more

#AfricanMigrantsMatter: Future Africa Statement on Forced Migration in Africa

On 6 and 7 September 2019, the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, hosted a two-day conference, on the theme: “Beyond 50 and 10, beyond the rhetoric: The protection of forced migrants in Africa”. The focus of the conference was to critically examine the extent to which these frameworks (African Refugee … Read more

International conference on forced migration in Africa, hosted by Centre for Human Rights, calls for decisive action

An international conference on forced migration in Africa organised by the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria drew attention to the plight of forced migrants – internally displaced person (IDPs) and refugees – on the continent. It was held against the background of declaration by the African Union of 2019 as … Read more