The Thematic Workshop on Displaced Persons, Refugees, and Armed Conflict follows directly on the Core Training and looks in greater detail at specific contemporary topics, building upon the content of the core course. Over two days, the workshop combines presentations by experts and discussions with the participants.
This workshop will explore current challenges in protecting and providing solutions to those displaced during armed conflict, with a focus on emergencies in Africa. The workshop will take its starting point in an overview of the regional legal and policy frameworks applicable to refugees and IDPs, including the 1969 OAU Convention, the Kampala Convention, and the Great Lakes Pact, as well as the humanitarian architecture and coordination mechanisms dealing with displacement during armed conflict in Africa. It will then analyze how these interact with other international frameworks in providing protection and solutions for displaced persons, such as IHL, the international and African human rights systems, and transitional justice.
Throughout the workshop, we will be looking in depth at specific cases of protection and solutions, including comparing different efforts to include refugees, the implications of the EU externalizing its southern border, and the protection of displaced persons by peacekeeping forces.
The workshop is designed to foster reflection among participants on how protection and solutions for displaced persons in Africa are being addressed and to enhance their capacity in responding to challenges in this context using complementary tools and standards.