Evidence needed on IDPs living in camps

Our support in Rakhine State


Background and Context

JIPS’ engagement in Rakhine, Myanmar, started upon request in December 2015 of various partners, led by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and UNHCR as part of the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster. JIPS was asked to provide technical and coordination support to a profiling exercise which aimed to provide a common evidence-base to inform comprehensive responses and the pursuit of solutions by the Government and humanitarian and development actors.

The profiling exercise focused on the displacement situation in and around Sittwe township, the capital of Rakhine State in Myanmar, where ethnic violence has displaced more than 121,000 people since 2012. In Sittwe, displaced Muslim communities mainly reside in camps on the outskirts of the town. While a significant number of assessments and data collection activities have been conducted since the outbreak of violence, the methodologies used made it difficult to compare the situation between different camps and across sectors. The profiling exercise compared the situation of four population groups in and around Sittwe:

  • Displaced Muslims living in IDP camps;
  • Displaced residents of Rakhine living in relocated sites;
  • Non-displaced residents of Muslim villages; and
  • Non-displaced residents of Rakhine villages.

The profiling exercise was a collaborative effort between the CCCM Cluster, DRC, UNHCR and a Technical Working Group consisting of various UN agencies and NGOs, with the support of the Rakhine State Government. 

Profiling support provided

JIPS supported the profiling exercise throughout the process with coordination and technical support, on-site and remotely. In May 2016, JIPS carried out a technical mission to Rakhine State to work with various humanitarian and development partners to identify the interests, feasibility and opportunities for the profiling exercise. A Technical Working Group (TWIG) was set up for the planning and implementation of the profiling exercise. JIPS supported the members of the TWIG during the mission on developing and agreeing upon the objectives, scope and other methodological elements of the profiling.

JIPS continued to support the TWIG in finalising the methodological elements of the profiling and the development of process management tools, and household survey data collection was completed in late 2016.

In March 2017, JIPS undertook another support mission in collaboration with Statistics Norway to support survey data analysis and development of a methodology for qualitative data collection. The profiling report was finalised and released by partners in-country in July 2017. 


How IDPs use video to explain the profiling analysis to their communities (Sept 2017)
Bringing in community voices (Sept 2017)
Understanding how to communicate with communities (Apr 2017)
Sittwe Camp Profiling Report 2017
- Myanmar country pages of the CCCM ClusterDRCNRC, and LWF