1st Edition

Development-induced Displacement and Human Rights in Africa
The Kampala Convention

ISBN 9781138104150
Published September 22, 2020 by Routledge
154 Pages

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Book Description

Within the context of the 2009 Kampala Convention, this book examines how a balance can be struck between the imperative of development projects and the rights of persons likely to be displaced in Africa.

Following independence, many African states embarked on large-scale development projects such as dams, urban renewal and extraction of natural resources and have had to grapple with how to protect displaced communities while implementing development projects. These projects were considered a panacea for Africa’s development and the economic interests of the majority were often considered over and above the interests of the minority of people who were displaced by these projects .This book examines how a balance can be struck between the imperative of development and the rights of displaced persons within the context of the African Union Convention on the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa (the Kampala Convention). Romola Adeola analyses the obligations that are placed on African states by the Kampala Convention in the context of development-induced displacement.

This book will be of interest to scholars of human rights law, forced migration, African Studies and development.

Table of Contents

1. The international law on development-induced displacement  2. Development projects as a displacement phenomenon in Africa  3. The development of the Kampala Convention as a regional response  4. Development projects and human rights: striking a balance between the imperative and the rights of persons likely to be displaced  5. Regulating private actors in the prevention of development-induced displacement  6. Conclusion and Recommendations



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Romola Adeola is the Coordinator of the Global Engagement Network on Internal Displacement in Africa (GENIDA). She is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa and is a Senior Research Associate on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, UK.