The Internal Displacement Policy & Advocacy Centre (IDPAC) was formed in 2008, by leaders of the IDP Network and Civil Society Organizations as well as scholars and researchers who have been assisting the IDPs in engaging with government in seeking provision of protection and assistance of IDPs in line with the Regional Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region which includes legally binding IDP protection protocols which largely draw from the UN Guiding Principles.
‘To be a leader in policy and advocacy issues leading to the Provision of assistance and Protection to Internally Displaced Persons.’
IDPAC will seek to promote and facilitate networking among organizations working on IDPs’ protection, human rights advocacy, and humanitarian assistance through strategic partnerships with all stakeholders.
To advocate for adoption of administrative, social and economic measures as may be necessary to ensure the prevention, eradication and redress for of all forms of displacement of persons in Kenya and in the region.
Our Main Objective
The main purpose of IDPAC is to conduct in-depth research and analysis of the different causes and dynamics of internal displacement, and provide reliable data and policy suggestions to enhance protection of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
Our Specific Objectives
- To raise public awareness on the plight of IDPs in Kenya and beyond through provision of well-researched information
- Provide stakeholders (governments, NGOs, UN, IDPs, hosts) with information and analysis of their responsibilities to IDPs in accordance with international and regional human rights and IDP protection standards
- To strengthen the monitoring capacity and self-advocacy role of IDP groups and the National IDP Network to promote their engagement with and contribution to policy discourse on protection and assistance to IDPs
- To publish research papers and media/press statements on conflict trends and specific IDP issues
- To establish a resource center/data base on local context profiles and other information on IDPs in Kenya with possible expansion to the region
- To provide structured forums for policy dialogue and response strategies to internal displacement
- To become the central focal point on internal displacement in Kenya, with possible expansion to the region
- To raise the profile of Internally Displaced Persons as a category of persons in need of special attention
- To mobilize and disburse resources for the promotion of IDPs’ human rights
- To encourage and sustain media interest on all forms of internal displacement
- To advocate for the domestication and implementation of international and regional human rights standards for the protection of IDPs