An estimated 80 million people have been displaced by dam projects worldwide. Their fate is largely unknown, but evidence shows that those affected tend to become impoverished and marginalised.
With this case study series, IDMC aims to gradually draw a global picture of displacement associated with dam projects, with a focus on the most vulnerable people. We will cover the drivers and process of displacement, the numbers of people displaced, their onward movements, the impacts they face, progress towards solutions for them and factors that contribute to their vulnerability.
Dams contribute to the achievement of development goals, but displacement and its adverse effects undermine them. Truly people-centred development would ensure that the displaced are not left behind in the pursuit of its goals.