IDPs Pose Humanitarian, Political Challenges For National Governments, International Community, Expert Says

Council on Foreign Relations’ “Africa in Transition”: The Humanitarian Crisis You Haven’t Heard About
In this guest post, Cheryl Strauss Einhorn, adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and author, discusses the political, social, and psychological challenges related to internally displaced persons (IDPs). Einhorn writes, “But the real problem is the issue of sovereignty. … [IDPs] represent a state’s failure to take care of its own people on its home turf. Acknowledging that reality — and seeking or accepting outside help — is politically fraught for a sovereign state. Hence, perhaps, the difficulty of the international community to create a humanitarian architecture for IDPs parallel to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees” (Einhorn, 8/2).