Supporting IDPs in their journey towards durable solutions

Displacement is a life-changing event. While the often-traumatic experience of displacement cannot be undone, internally displaced persons (IDPs) still need to be able to resume a normal life by achieving a durable solution.

As outlined in the 2010 IASC Framework on Durable Solutions for Internally Displaced Persons (IASC Framework), a durable solution is achieved when IDPs no longer have any displacement-related assistance and protection needs and are able to enjoy their human rights without discrimination deriving from displacement.

IDPs often need assistance in their efforts to achieve a durable solution. The Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement outline the primary responsibilities of national authorities, as well as the complementary role of humanitarian and development actors, to assist them in this path.



Identifying priorities for action

A shared evidence-base is required in order to identify priorities to help IDPs achieve durable solutions. The Durable Solutions Indicator Library presents agreed-upon indicators that can be used to measure durable solutions outcomes, in line with the IASC Framework. It is accompanied by a Durable Solutions Analysis Guide, which guides users throughout the analysis process.

The tools provided are meant to be used collaboratively by national and local authorities, as well as other humanitarian, development and peace-building actors involved in an evidence-based joint response and helping displaced individuals, families and communities achieve durable solutions. They emphasise the comprehensive nature of durable solutions and the importance of understanding displaced persons’ priorities.

The indicators in the Library and the ensuing Analysis Guide can be used to inform solutions-related policy and strategy processes, as well as programming and advocacy efforts. The indicators have been aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, allowing for monitoring its commitment to leave no one behind, including IDPs.


A collaborative effort

In 2015, the Mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons initiated a multi-stakeholder project to operationalize the IASC Framework by developing a set of agreed-upon indicators and guidance for practical and comprehensive approaches to durable solutions analysis in internal displacement contexts.

The project was advised by a Technical Steering Committee comprising development and humanitarian actors, as well as relevant academic institutions. The members of the Technical Steering Committee provided technical oversight and thematic advice on their respective areas of expertise throughout the process. The Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS) coordinated and implemented the project. Governments and local authorities were actively involved in the piloting phase and helped finalising the outputs for the project.