In Honduras, the Inter-institutional Commission for the Protection of Populations Displaced by Violence is leading efforts to generate a nationally representative evidence base that can inform the country’s laws, policies and operational responses to internal displacement due to violence.

JIPS facilitated a number of workshops, both with the technical working group and the wider network of profiling partners from the Commission and beyond, as well as bilateral meetings and presentations of the findings to the Municipality of San Pedro Sula. The rich discussions resulted in the prioritisation of 41 findings and concrete feedback on areas of the analysis to develop further, as well as suggestions for how the data can be used for specific institutional responses. This will feed into the final profiling report, which is already well underway.

This government-led profiling exercise is unique not only because of the sustained leadership of the Commission but because of its diverse membership as well. Founded in 2014, the Commission is made up of state institutions, civil society, and international organisations, recognising that all these entities need to work together for the response to internal displacement to be effective.

This current exercise builds off of past efforts in Honduras. For Isiss, who has worked with the Commission since 2016, this exercise is needed to update and deepen the evidence base that was produced through the previous profiling exercise in 2014- 2015. She highlights how the first study was instrumental in generating a baseline on the issue of violence-induced displacement in the country. It also served as the basis for drafting a law which, if passed by the Honduran National Congress in the coming months, would establish a mandate for the government to implement public policy on internal displacement, advancing significantly the protection of IDPs.

Follow the link for the full report and to hear from Isiss Sauceda, the coordinator of the Directorate for the Protection of Persons Displaced Internally by Violence.