This paper is based on a mapping exercise that the Global Protection Cluster (GPC)’s Task Team on Law and Policy conducted in 2015. The exercise led to the launch of a global database on laws and policies on internal displacement, available at http://www.internal-displacement.org/law-and-policy. Following an overview of the global framework for IDPs’ protection and assistance, this study outlines lessons from national and regional processes such as the development and adoption of the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa, widely known as the Kampala Convention, with a view to informing similar endeavours in the future.

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