The experiences and emerging issues in South Asian countries contending with prolonged civil wars and conflict are complex and pose difficult challenges. The UNHCR recognizes internally displaced people (IDPs) as those who remain within the boundaries of their country as they seek safety from conflict and natural hazards. Despite their rights under international humanitarian law, IDPs often experience poor living conditions in temporary shelters, restrictions of movements and lack of access to resources. As part of its 3 year program, SAHR’s aimed to expand from its experiences in conflict situations to displacement resulting from development and natural hazards such as floods, droughts and tsunamis.

Activities planned under this program included, the execution of fact-finding missions and studies on IDP related issues with stakeholders, which will require a greater organizational and resource capacity and disseminating draft regional protocols among stakeholders.