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2015 05 27 CPG Policy Brief3 - English JL.pdf

Third Civilian Protection Group Policy Paper-English


Press Release


Policy Brief No. 3 of the Civilian Protection Group

 There are conflicting data to establish the total number of IDPs in Afghanistan. While the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, based in Geneva, has estimated 964,000 IDPs around Afghanistan as of mid-May 2015, the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations posted 854,310 on its website as the total number of IDPs at the end of 2014 and UNHCR (2015) estimates the number of IDPs to be 873,000 people by the end of April 2015. Likewise, the Directorate of Refugees and Repatriations of Kunduz province has reported an increase of 18,000 family IDPs in Kunduz province alone in the first two weeks of May 2015; And again this number has not been confirmed and many of them are not conflict-induced IDPs. In General all sources report that IDPs are rapidly increasing in different provinces in daily basis due to the spread of conflicts across the country (UNHCR, 2015).

 After two years of deliberation, the cabinet of Afghan government adopted the National Policy on Internally Displaced Persons (NPIDP) in November 2013 (Wiseberg, 2014). There were many challenges in developing the policy, including but not limited to the distribution of responsibilities among the many national and international actors, facilitation of the process of integration for the IDPs into the host communities by providing them land and employment opportunities (Wiseberg, 2014), the political instability, in 2014 due to the election, and in 2015 due to the numerous changes in the government positions. And in general, weak coordination and monitoring mechanism among government institutions dealing with IDPs also need to be considered (Mutahari, 2014).

It has been nearly two years that there is no action plan in place to implement the NPIDP either at the national or provincial levels.

 Although “the humanitarian community” through the IDP Task Force have done considerable assistant to mitigate the most urgent needs of IDPs through the country, but also adequate support is needed.

To avoid further and future human suffering or crisis, the CPG recommends the following:

1. Implementation of the NPIDP by the government and other stakeholders:

2. Access to healthcare:

3. Access to education: