Samir Elhawary - Research Officer, Overseas Development Institute
Dr. John Tabu Simiyu - Head of Disaster Management at the Kenya Red Cross
Nuur Mohamud Sheekh - Country Analyst, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
Timothy Othieno - Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute
Accusations of irregularities during the December 2007 elections in Kenya sparked widespread violence that has claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people and prompted a mass displacement crisis in which an estimated half a million people have been forced to flee their homes.
This event will present an HPG Policy Briefing that analyses post-election displacement, resettlement and return in relation to land issues in Kenya. It questions some of the prevailing wisdom concerning 'durable solutions' to displacement in Kenya, with a view to informing discussions about humanitarian and early recovery interventions. It argues that simply returning people home, without addressing wider issues of land and reconciliation, will just postpone a subsequent round of conflict-induced displacement.
This HPG paper explores the role that land issues have played in the current crisis in Kenya, and why it is essential that humanitarian actors understand these issues as they seek to assist displaced populations and facilitate the process of return or...