July 2nd, 2016
"Hydroelectric dam mega-projects often generate widespread displacement of the nearby communities from their homes and land. Displacement due to hydro projects encompasses not only the loss of land but also the disruption of social structure, self-determination, traditional livelihoods, and the loss of control over natural resources like forests and [...]"
February 24th, 2016
"Kampung is currently under intense development pressure due to its proximity (1.2 kilometres and one LRT stop) to the Kuala Lampur City Centre (KLCC). In 2012, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall formed the Kampung Bharu Development Corporation (PKB) to spearhead the land acquisition and [...]"
December 18th, 2015
"Boston has been identified as one of the most rapidly gentrifying cities in the nation and the city with the third highest rate of income inequality. This semester, as part of its graduate course “Responding to Displacement: Strategies, Methods, Tools, Outcomes” (11.S938) MIT DRAN is engaging […]"
May 8th, 2015
"In late 2014, the Mexican Supreme Court released the new Judicial Implementation Protocol for Cases Related to Development and Infrastructure Projects (Protocolo de Actuación para Quienes Imparten Justicia en Casos Relacionados Con Proyectos de Desarrollo y Infraestructura), which, if implemented […] "
April 24th, 2015
"This interview is fourth in a four-part series on the anti-displacement work being carried out by participants in the Displacement Research Action Network’s November 2014 conference, Global Convergences: Strategies Against Evictions and Displacement. John Mwebe serves as a Policy Coordinator/Atlas Corps Fellow at the International Accountability Project in Washington, DC. The International Accountability Project is a […]"
April 17th, 2015
"This interview is third in a four-part series on the anti-displacement work being carried out by participants in the Displacement Research Action Network’s November 2014 conference, Global Convergences: Strategies Against Evictions and Displacement. Prafulla Samantara is an environmentalist and the President of Lok Shakti Abhijan’s Odisha Chapter. Along with various other democratic peoples’ movements he has […]"
April 10th, 2015
An Interview with Rodolfo Stavenhagen, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
"This interview is second in a four-part series on the anti-displacement work being carried out by participants in the Displacement Research Action Network’s November 2014 conference, Global Convergences: Strategies Against Evictions and Displacement. Rodolfo Stavenhagen is the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. DRAN: Can you tell us about your work with […]"
March 27th, 2015
"This interview is first in a four-part series on the anti-displacement work being carried out by participants in the Displacement Research Action Network’s November 2014 conference, Global Convergences: Strategies Against Evictions and Displacement. David Ntseng is a Programme Manager for the Church Land Programme (CLP) in South Africa. CLP was initiated in 1996 as a joint […]"
March 20th, 2015
"An unevenly urbanizing world exerts distinct pressures on the poorest neighborhoods of cities. With increasing frequency and intensity, these forces trigger citizen-activist movements to resist the displacement that so often accompanies high-end real estate development. This sometimes happens with relatively little media attention, but when […]"
March 16th, 2015
"This is Part II of a two-part interview with Cihan Uzunçarşılı Baysal on the state of development-induced displacement in Istanbul and civil society strategies for resistance. Part I can be accessed here. DRAN: How do you see the emergence of civil society actors in the face of urban transformation in Istanbul? What is the current state of […]"
February 27th, 2015
"This is Part I of a two-part interview with Cihan Uzunçarşılı Baysal on the state of development-induced displacement in Istanbul. Part II focuses on civil society responses and strategies for resistance. DRAN: Istanbul has undergone a substantial urban transformation over the past two decades. The legal framework of urban development projects has come under much […]"
December 12th, 2014
"The predicament of the urban poor in India’s capital city mirrors that of tens of millions of people in the large cities of the global South: when local government has been unable and/or unwilling to adequately handle massive rapid urbanization, urban migrants have created shelters for themselves on riverbanks, drainage ditches, railroad right-of-ways and other […]"
December 5th, 2014
"In the past six years, interest in purchasing and leasing agricultural land in the Global South has skyrocketed. Although reliable measurements are difficult to obtain, many sources agree that the amount of land being targeted for purchase or lease is dramatic, with estimates ranging in the tens of millions of hectares. This trend, which was […]"
November 8th, 2014
"Evictions and displacement due to development are increasing around the world. There is a need to more systematically understand how the displaced peoples themselves cope with, adapt to, or counter/resist displacement. They use a variety of strategies and tools, some of them more successful than others. Sometimes they counter displacement, but other times, they are […]"
November 3rd, 2014
"Gaziantep, a city in southeastern Turkey, has become the destination for displaced Syrians due to its economic resources and its proximity to the border. Since the first uprising against the Bashar al-Assad government of Syria there has been an ongoing armed conflict between different rebel groups and the government causing destruction of urban settlements and […]"
October 25th, 2014
"A healthy 51 percent of Mumbai’s eligible voters came out to vote in last Wednesday’s Maharashtra State Assembly elections. Many of these votes were cast by slum residents, pavement dwellers, and others with tenuous claims to housing security, and candidates campaigned vigorously for them, promising expanded tenure security […]"
July 9th, 2014
"In America’s least affordable cities, housing advocates are showing interest in unorthodox tools for resisting gentrification and preserving socioeconomic diversity. In San Francisco, New York City, Boston and smaller communities across the country, the community land trust (CLT) has received particular attention. Though the model has been in circulation since the 1960’s, primarily in rural […]"
June 26th, 2014
Forced displacement affects millions of people in the world and entails a violation of basic human rights. In many countries, given the lack of institutional capacity, the main way of addressing this issue is through international human rights law and humanitarian law institutions. […]
June 11th, 2014
"A deafening silence reigns in global development and business institutions and national and local governments on the adverse and irreversible consequences of millions of people being forcibly evicted from their homes and lands. This annual ritual, tragically, mirrors international and national development efforts leaving in its wake reflected realities of human despair and devastation across […]"
May 23rd, 2014
"According to the most recent reports of the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) in Geneva, 33.3 million people are now internally displaced by violent conflict, while 143.9 million people have been displaced by disasters between 2008 and 2012. These are shocking figures behind which lie a vast and numbing canvass of human misery and survival on the […]"