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 up with longer-term social and development programs.

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 is the founder of My Internally Displaced Persons, a cause, focused on empowering Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and preparing them mentally, economically and socially while in camps for reintegration into the society with dignity. She is passionate about social impact and dedicated to causes that support inclusive socio-economic development.

She is also an Author with her first published book titled, “My Name is Aisha – A Collection of Stories from Internally Displaced Persons”, which aims to educate and create awareness on the plight of IDPs. Toluwalola has also published several reports on IDPs including a report titled An Integrated Approach to Rehabilitating IDPs with Dignity”which was featured onthe World Bank Blog and Huffington Post in an article titled “Mental health services in situations of conflict, fragility and violence: What to do?”.  She also wrote a report titled “A Multisectoral Approach to Internal Displacement.”

Toluwalola advocates for the overall well-being of IDPs. 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, where she presented a summary of her report on rehabilitating IDPs with dignity focusing on Mental Health effects of Displacement. She was also invited to the Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit hosted by the UK Government where she presented a paper on an Integrated Approach to Rehabilitating Internally Displaced Persons with Dignity under a Multisectoral Investment Program.

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.

She worked as a Special Adviser to the Honourable Minister of Finance, Nigeria on Macroeconomics, Research and Reporting. She is a well-rounded investment and finance professional with over eight years of experience in Nigeria and the UK.

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 government policy to achieve the desired impact.