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JIPS Conference 2017 | Making data useful

June 19, 2017

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In June, JIPS held its second international conference. During the one and a half days, more than 60 speakers and participants from a wide range of backgrounds came together to share their expertise and jointly elaborate concrete recommendations on how to improve the evidence-base for joint responses to forced displacement. The outcomes will feed into a conference report, to be published shortly, as well as inform JIPS’ strategy 2018-2020.

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Obtaining representative data on IDPs

June 04, 2017

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The added value of decent quality evidence for decision-making is now recognized universally as good practice in the humanitarian sector. However, when it comes to producing data on internal displacement a whole host of challenges can arise. In a brief article, published with the launch of the new UNHCR Statistics Technical Series, we discuss key technical conditions to obtaining representative data on IDP populations.

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Lessons for profiling from information management in emergencies

May 31, 2017

As a cornerstone of evidence-based humanitarian response, information management is in high demand. However, relevant capacity is not always readily available in field operations. UNCHR’s Training for Information Management in Emergencies (TIME) was a great opportunity to better understand the information needs of our partners in emergency settings. 

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#EGRIS second working meeting of all members

May 10, 2017

After the productive side-event at the UNSC in New York, members of the Expert Group on Refugee and IDP Statistics (EGRIS) met again in Olso, at the premises of Statistics Norway, to progress on the Group’s two key deliverables as we move closer to the deadline for submission.  

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Supporting ongoing Government efforts towards durable solutions

May 03, 2017

With over 7 million registered IDPs, finding durable solutions is a challenging endeavour. The Colombia Victims’ Unit and multiple other Government and non-governmental institutions have developed initiatives to contribute to this purpose. In April we undertook a mission to support this process. Read about main outcomes and plans for comparative and area-based analyses.

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Measuring refugees’ self-reliance

May 02, 2017

With displacement so often becoming protracted, numerous voices have called for a transition from dependence on aid to encouraging self-reliance. At a 3-day workshop organised by RefugePoint and the Women’s Refugee Commission end of March in Nairobi, we looked at what this means in practice and how to concretely measure ‘self-reliance and well-being’.

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Taking Stock of Forced Displacement Data

May 02, 2017

Data collection and data quality present significant challenges for evidence-based responses to displacement. This is echoed in the recent World Bank report, Stocktaking of Global Forced Displacement Data (Feb 2017), which outlines the need for more and better data on forced displacement, and specifically acknowledges profiling as a method for overcoming this gap. 

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Durable Solutions project update (May 2017)

May 02, 2017

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Take a glance at the work in Colombia, Sudan and Myanmar - three of 10 ongoing exercises in which the Durable Solutions indicator library is being piloted. Also find Cecilia Jimenez-Damary' reflection on the importance of community participation for durable solutions to displacement situations, and more!

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Advancing work on durable solutions through evidence

April 24, 2017

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In early April we completed a second mission to Sudan. The objective was to support the Government and international partners in developing a set of joint tools that can be used to acquire the necessary evidence to inform durable solutions programming. These tools will also be piloted at a later stage.

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Sharing knowledge on analysis of urban contexts

April 12, 2017

Urban systems may be complex, but understanding them does not have to be complicated. On the heels of a series of higher-level discussions for improving humanitarian response in cities, ALNAP provided a unique opportunity for practitioners to “talk shop” and share their experiences. The one-day Learning Exchange workshop in London on April 4th offered a space to exchange lessons learned and best practices for understanding urban contexts. 

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Community participation and validation in profiling

April 06, 2017

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In March, we conducted a joint profiling mission with Statistics Norway and the CCCM in Rakhine State, Myanmar. We also tested new ways of involving displaced communities in a profiling exercise to ensure results reflect the reality they experienced so that evidence-based interventions can be more effective.

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A crash course on profiling displacement situations

April 05, 2017

Why is collaborative profiling useful? What does it entail? Questions such as these regularly come up in discussions with partners seeking to create an evidence-base to improve their response to forced displacement. This is what inspired JIPS to create the profiling crash course, based on our extensive experience working in protracted displacement situations. 

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First all members meeting of the Global Alliance for Urban Crises

April 04, 2017

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Members of the recently established Global Alliance for Urban Crises gathered together in Brussels for their first annual meeting. The workshop assembled an eclectic group of experts representing different constituencies including local authorities, civil society, academia, donors and the wider humanitarian and development community

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Combining analysis of populations & urban systems

March 24, 2017

We recently undertook a mission to Tunis to discuss with authorities and various humanitarian partners the relevance and potential scope of an urban displacement analysis in the Libyan situation.

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Progress update from Expert Group on Refugee & IDP Statistics

March 22, 2017

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In the side-lines of the 48th session of the UNSC in New York, the Expert Group on Refugee and IDP Statistics (EGRIS) updated participants on work undertaken by the group since it was mandated in 2016. Co-chaired by Norway, Eurostat and UNHCR, the Group has been working hard in recent months to produce two reports – a Handbook on Refugee Statistics and a Technical Report on IDP Statistics – that will be presented at the 49th UNSC session in 2018