A Conference on Development-Induced Displacement was convened by the Brookings-SAIS Project on Internal Displacement in Washington DC to examine the nature and scope of development-induced displacement; the international guidelines that apply, in particular the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, and policy guidelines of the World Bank, OECD and other agencies; and institutional frameworks for addressing the problem, including the most effective role for the Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons and other UN bodies concerned with internal displacement.
Participants included representatives from international financial and development institutions, research centers and universities, and non-governmental organizations. The background paper for the meeting was written by W. Courtland Robinson.
Risks and Rights: The Causes, Consequences and Challenges of Development Induced Displacement, by W. Courtland Robinson
Each year, millions of persons are forcibly displaced by development projects, whether dams, roads, reservoirs or oil, gas and mining projects. While such projects can bring enourmous benefits to society, they also impose costs, which are often borne by its poorest and most marginalized members. A Conference on Development-Induced Displacement was convened by the Brookings-SAIS Project on Internal Displacement in Washington DC to examine development-induced displacement.