About

My Internally Displaced Persons, is a cause, focused on persons who have been forced to leave their homes as a result of armed conflict, situations of violence and violations of human rights, who have not crossed an internationally recognised state border[1].

It was born out of a desire to prepare IDPs to survive physically, mentally and economically upon reintegration into the society with dignity, having empathy for their trauma, pain, and suffering.

This is being addressed by empowering displaced persons through counselling, education & skill acquisition, humanitarian assistance, as well as the establishment and implementation of livelihood-promoting activities that link with longer-term social and development programmes.

For sustainability, this purpose will also be driven by advocacy for a comprehensive policy response, that incorporates the humanitarian, social and economic needs of displaced persons, into broader socio-economic reforms.

“I want to see a society where displaced persons are reintegrated into society with dignity. We must recognise and harness their potential, empowering them to become contributors to development within their host communities and state.  We must help rebuild their lives, so they are no longer viewed as burdens to society.” – From the report on an integrated approach to rehabilitating internally displaced persons with dignity by Toluwalola Kasali.

[1] Internal USAID document: USAID Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons Implementation Guidelines

ABOUT THE FOUNDER

Toluwalola Kasali is a Master of Public Policy Candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).  

She is the Founder of My Internally Displaced Persons, a cause, focused on the reintegration of forcibly displaced persons into the society with dignity. In 2019, she was selected as a British Council Emerging Policy Leader in Nigeria for her work on Forced Displacement. As part of this programme, she engaged global policy leaders on policy challenges. She met leaders across the private and public sectors, including Members of Parliament in the U.K.

She published her first book in 2019 titled, “My Name is Aisha – A Collection of Stories from Internally Displaced Persons.”. Her book aims to educate and create awareness about the plight of IDPs. She advocates for the overall well-being of Internally Displaced Persons. In 2018, she was a speaker at a high-level meeting organised by the World Bank Group and the Public Health Agency of Canada on Mental Health Stories from Around the World. She presented a summary of her report with a focus on the Mental Health effects of Displacement. She was also invited to the Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit hosted by the U.K. Government. She presented a paper on an Integrated Approach to Rehabilitating Internally Displaced Persons with Dignity under a Multisectoral Investment Program.

Toluwalola has published several reports on Internally Displaced Persons. In 2015, she published her first report titled, “An Integrated Approach to Rehabilitating Internally Displaced Persons with Dignity.” This report was referenced by the World Bank publication, “Mental health amongst displaced persons and refugees: making a case for action at the World Bank Group.” It was also featured on the World Bank Blog and the Huffington Post in an article titled “Mental health services in situations of conflict, fragility, and violence: What to do?” She also published a report titled“A Multisectoral Approach to Internal Displacement.”

She has implemented bottom-up interventions to promote self-reliance among displaced persons and build the evidence required to inform humanitarian and development policies. Together, she has provided humanitarian support, dignity kits to support the hygiene needs of girls & women, self-learning educational materials, psychosocial & physical health support, vocational skills training, equipment, and business start-up grants.

Toluwalola served as a Special Adviser on Macroeconomics, Research and Reporting to the Minister of Finance, Nigeria. She is a well-rounded investment and finance professional. Toluwalola holds a BSc (Hons) in Accounting from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and an MSc in Energy Studies with Specialisation in International Oil and Gas Management from the University of Dundee, Scotland. She is a Fellow Chartered and Certified Accountant and has passed Level II of the CFA Examination.

Toluwalola intends to continue devoting herself to causes that make a difference in the lives of others and seeks to drive sustainable change by influencing policy.  She hopes to make an impact in the world.