November 4, 2009
Evaluation of ICRC
DARA is currently participating in the first evaluation of the International Committee of the Red Cross’s (ICRC) policy on internally displaced persons (IDPs). The evaluation is the first to look at the organizations operational position towards IDPs and the results will seek to influence future protection and assistance provided to IDPs and victims of war.
As part of the 11-month study, a team of experts from DARA and regular partner organization Groupe URD conducted field visits to Colombia, Yemen, Chad and Georgia. The evaluators met with ICRC staff, UN agencies, NGOs, donors, government staff and displaced populations.
Although there is currently no legally binding definition for an IDP, the ICRC has a specific mandate in the Geneva Conventions to protect and assist all civilians who have been affected by war, regardless of the category in which they are classified.