Sharing our global expertise


Why is profiling needed in Niger?

October 09, 2018

Tags: Niger, News

A few months ago, JIPS received a request for support from UNHCR and the Niger Protection Cluster. The request specifically focused on the need to assess the protracted displacement situation in Diffa region and inform durable solutions for displaced and displacement-affected communities. We had a chat with Valerie Svobodova, former Niger Protection Cluster coordinator and currently working with UNHCR in Geneva, in order to better understand the situation, the data issues in the region and why a profiling is so needed. 


The added value of direct support in Sudan

October 09, 2018

Tags: News, Sudan, field support

Khadra Elmi, Profiling Advisor, has been on a long-term deployment to Sudan to support a profiling exercise aimed to inform durable solutions to the protracted displacement situation in two IDP camps, Abu Shouk and Al Salam, and the wider urban area of El Fasher. After an ambitious data collection merging micro and macro components, and with the data analysis phase in full swing, Khadra shares the challenges as well as the added value and lessons learned from this direct support approach.


Improving IDP data to help implement the Guiding Principles

October 08, 2018

Tags: Guiding Principles, GP20, FMR, IDP data

Given the increasing levels of internal displacement globally and the growing interest in ‘data-driven’ policy and programming, at JIPS we believe it is important to use this year’s 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on internal displacement as an occasion to examine the gap between available data and existing data practices on the one hand, and the principles and content of the Guiding Principles on the other.


Securing IDP participation to shape durable solutions

October 08, 2018

Tags: News, durable solutions

At JIPS, we strongly believe that communities should be included in key stages of a profiling data cycle to ensure that the process reflects their realities and priorities. The centrality of IDP participation has recently been re-affirmed at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. We took part in a side event focusing on the connection between participation of IDPs and securing solutions to their displacement.


JOB OPENING: Head of Field Support and Capacity Building

October 02, 2018

October 2018 - An exciting position as Head of Field Support and Capacity Building has opened at JIPS. Apply by 10 October to join our team in Geneva.


Challenging assumptions on urban displacement

September 25, 2018

Tags: News, urban displacement

Today, half of the world’s population lives in urban settings. By 2050, it is estimated that up to three quarters will live in a city with 90% of this growth taking place in cities of lower-income countries often at risk of fragility. In line with these urbanisation trends, internal displacement has become increasingly urban. Significant efforts are being made to adapt humanitarian response accordingly, however many challenges still remain.


Improving humanitarian and recovery response in Syria

September 12, 2018

Tags: News, Syria, Urban-S, urban profiling

With more than 7.6 million internally displaced people, 85 percent of which living in host communities mainly in urban areas, the conflict in Syria has produced a huge, predominantly urban crisis. In line with our strategic goals of developing methods for urban profiling, in the past months we have been involved in the Urban Analysis Network Syria (UrbAN-S) project, looking to provide up-to-date and holistic analyses of critically-affected cities in Syria.


Engaging communities and working with local actors in sensitive contexts

September 11, 2018

Tags: News, Honduras

We talked to Oscar Paz, Urban Programming Coordinator at World Vision Honduras, to discuss the challenges encountered during the profiling exercise, as well as the opportunities and added value of engaging communities and working with local actors with a strong presence in the field.


Learn about the Profiling Coordination Training through the words of its participants

September 10, 2018

Tags: News, PCT

Designed to combine theory and practice informed by the real-life challenges encountered in the field, the Profiling Coordination Training (PCT) represents a truly comprehensive learning experience for actors involved in profiling displacement situations. To better explain what the training has to offer, we talked to Tarek Tamer, a former PCT participant, who highlighted some of the key elements that made this training so valuable to him.  


Advancing recommendations on IDP statistics

September 07, 2018

Tags: News, EGRIS

With new countries (Georgia, Afghanistan and Honduras) and international organisations (IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix, DTM) and OCHA) joining the IDP subgroup of the international Expert Group on Refugee and IDP Statistics (EGRIS), the work is moving ahead at full speed in 2018.


Validating profiling findings by reporting back to communities

August 09, 2018

Tags: News, Greece, community engagement

With the data collection phase recently concluded and the data analysis just about to start, the urban profiling exercise we have been supporting in Thessaloniki is now in its final stage. With a general objective to develop and test indicators for urban, local integration, to analyse future intentions and to assess access to services by refugees, asylum seekers and persons with an irregular status, it is expected to help to inform urban integration strategies and municipal planning for service delivery.


Building capacity for joint analysis

August 08, 2018

Tags: News, training, joint analysis

Establishing a joint interpretation of the displacement situation among relevant actors is a precondition for a more coordinated and targeted response. Failing to correctly understand and interpret the data collected through a profiling exercise might mean quashing the whole process, and ending up preventing future collaboration among partners. A rigorous process of collaboration throughout a profiling exercise is therefore key.


Discussing durable solutions in a complex environment

August 02, 2018

The displacement situation in Afghanistan is protracted and complex, with IDPs and repatriated refugees and asylum seekers facing a challenging (re)integration environment. Despite the fact that, in many areas, displaced populations only have limited options for durable solutions, stakeholders have identified the need to develop strategies to reduce these people’s displacement-related vulnerabilities by supporting longer-term planning in, for example, urban areas where many displaced persons reside.


Informing durable solutions and understanding urban displacement

July 31, 2018

In the rising temperatures of the summer heat wave in London, the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) collected together researchers and practitioners for a one-day Special Workshop on Internal Displacement entitled ‘Revitalising the IDP Field’ 20 Years of the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement’. Connected to RLI’s well-established annual conference, the Special Workshop was held to mark the anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement and was organized under the auspices of the GP20 Plan of Action. 


Improving data to ‘put people first’ in IDP situations

July 09, 2018

Tags: News, UNHCR/NGOs consultations

We believe that humanitarian and development actors can truly put people at the centre of their action through correct data processes and context-sensitive analysis, involving displaced and displacement-affected populations. To reinforce this message, we were invited to join forces with IDMC and UNHCR to organise a panel on country-based efforts to strengthen the evidence base on IDPs, with a focus on the essential role of national NGOs in acquiring this much-needed evidence.