14th Online Course on Internal Displacement (English)

19 February – 15 March 2024, Online

Live sessions of the Course will be held from 11.00 am to 01.00 pm, Rome time.  Please, click here to check your time zone.

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Through this Online Course, participants will explore key aspects of the protection of IDPs, while analyzing internal displacement from different angles and perspectives. Starting from the international norms underpinning the protection of IDPs, including the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement and the Kampala Convention, the workshop examines the causes and consequences of internal displacement, its current global trends, and the protection risks faced by individuals throughout the displacement cycle.

The Online Course also analyses cross-cutting issues, such as housing, land and property, data collection, and the international community coordination mechanisms established together with State authorities and civil society representatives to respond to IDP situations. The workshop ultimately addresses the search and implementation of durable and sustainable solutions for IDPs in line with the work of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement on the subject and the Action Agenda on Internal Displacement. The course is organized with the support of the office of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons.

Overall objectives

The general objectives of the course are:

  • Enhance participants’ understanding of the international norms underpinning the protection of
  • Promote the use and implementation of the Guiding Principles of Internal Displacement.
  • Build up capacities of governments to establish or improve existing legislation and policies on the
    protection of IDPs.
  • Encourage the sharing of experiences and best practices among participants regarding the
    protection of IDPs and the search for solutions.
  • Advance and disseminate the recommendations of the UN Secretary’s General High-Level Panel on
    Internal Displacement and the Action Agenda on Internal Displacement.
Target audience

The Course is developed primarily to benefit senior and mid-level government officials involved in the formulation and application of legislation and policies affecting IDPs. It is also addressed to members of the civil society and the academia, who can positively influence the safeguarding of IDPs’ rights and advocate for their protection.

It is important for participants to have a very good knowledge of the language of the Course, in order to be able to consult background materials, attend lessons, and participate in group works and discussions (no simultaneous translation is available).


The Online Course is structured in four weeks, with the objective of providing an in-depth analysis of the subject of the training, including cross-cutting issues.

Weeks are composed of three to four live and self-paced sessions:

  • Live sessions are pre-scheduled and usually last 120 minutes. These are delivered via Zoom for Education;
  • Self-paced sessions are completed at participants’ own pace and must be undertaken before the beginning of each following class. These usually consist in pre-recorded videos and/or selected reference materials.

The Course strikes a balance between theory and practice and is delivered through a participatory and creative teaching methodology, aimed at facilitating the learning process and implementing the knowledge gained throughout the training. Sessions include lectures, presentations, case studies, group work, audio-visual support, and other activities, which respond to the various learning styles of a diversified audience.

Throughout the training, participants and expert facilitators are able to share best practices and experiences regarding the main topics and issues of the Course. Speakers delivering the sessions consist of United Nations Officials and other experts on refugee protection from around the world.


Registration deadline: 22 January 2024


Queries on the course registration and administrative questions should be directed at

4 weeks
Registration fee:
€ 750
End of course:
Official certificate

Participation quota amounts to € 750. It must be remitted before the start of the Course by bank transfer. Visa and/or Mastercard are also accepted on the website of the Institute.

A limited number of scholarships is available for the Online Course and cannot therefore be guaranteed purely by application. Scholarships will depend upon funds available to the Institute thanks to the kind contribution of our donors. To apply for a scholarship, you must detail so in the dedicated field in the Registration Form.

The course will be conducted in English and reasonable language proficiency is required. There will not be simultaneous translation.

The official Certificate will be awarded only to those who attend the Course in full, including participation in live and self-paced sessions, and completion of assignments.