I am a governance scholar who specializes on public sector governance and how this impacts the quest for peace and security in Africa. I prefer examining issues of governance using the lenses of peace, conflict and social inequality as organising frameworks for both historical and contemporary case studies. I am also interested in the protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Africa especially in conflict situations. Here I examine how international protocols have fared in the protection of IDPs especially in cases where people are driven from their homes as a result of the actions of their own governments. I argue for the enforcement of international protocols by governments and multi-lateral institutions for the protection of IDPs.