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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.

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Building capacity for joint analysis

August 08, 2018

Tags: training, joint analysis, News

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.

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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.

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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. 

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Improving data to ‘put people first’ in IDP situations

July 09, 2018

Tags: UNHCR/NGOs consultations, News

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.

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Human Rights Council highlights IDP data and participation

July 06, 2018

Tags: News

With a strong link to the 20th Anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, this year’s session of the Human Rights Council included a strong focus on IDPs. In particular, and based on experiences in Honduras, Fiji and other countries facing internal displacement, this included a specific emphasis on the value of profiling data to inform national policy development and highlighted the fundamental importance of IDP participation for effective action.

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Making data more useful by strengthening joint analysis

July 03, 2018

Tags: training, News

Being able to turn data into useful evidence is critical for humanitarian actors working to support decision-makers in addressing internal displacement. In order to strengthen analysis capacity within the humanitarian sector, ACAPS recently launched the Humanitarian Analysis Programme (HAP), a training aimed at creating a network of highly skilled actors, able to analyse existing and new data sources more systematically, rigorously and jointly.

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Informing urban integration strategies and municipal planning in Thessaloniki

July 02, 2018

Tags: News, Greece

In August 2017, we began supporting an urban profiling exercise in Thessaloniki, Greece, looking at refugees, asylum seekers and persons with an irregular status, and aimed to inform urban integration strategies and municipal planning for service delivery. We had a chat with Knut Maehlumshagen, Profiling Coordinator of the Thessaloniki exercise, who updated us on how the exercise is going, some of the main challenges encountered, and future steps.

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Increasing government capacity on international norms

June 22, 2018

Tags: training, News

In line with our commitment to facilitate cross-contextual learning, JIPS was excited to take part for the third year in a row in the annual Course on the law of internal displacement to facilitate sessions on data collection and durable solutions. 

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Connecting to local authorities and collecting useful data

June 11, 2018

Tags: GAUC, urban displacement, News

Since 2016, the Global Alliance for Urban Crises has been working to improve responses to urban crises, whether caused by sudden onset disasters or protracted conflict situations, in order to effectively meet the needs of affected populations including those who have been forcibly displaced.

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Assessing and analysing the needs of affected populations

June 11, 2018

Tags: CAIM, News

Coordinated needs assessments and joint impartial analysis are essential in order to deliver targeted responses to populations affected by humanitarian crises and make informed prioritization decisions. This has been widely recognized by signatories of the Grand Bargain and is currently being addressed through the Needs Assessment Work stream, towards which JIPS contributes alongside many other actors.

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The global picture of internal displacement

May 30, 2018

Tags: GRID, News

IDMC launched its Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID) 2018, which includes global figures on internal displacement as of the end of 2017 and specific challenges encountered when producing and analysing them. Findings show that 30.6 million people were newly displaced in 2017, 61% of which by disasters and 39% by conflict. 

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Addressing disaster displacement data challenges

May 07, 2018

Tags: disaster displacement, EGRIS, PDD

Collecting reliable data on people displaced by disasters remains a significant challenge, particularly in contexts of slow-onset disasters associated with the adverse effects of climate change. Many gaps persist, including on the dynamics, root causes and change over time of disaster-induced displacement.

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Understanding urban context to improve response

May 03, 2018

Tags: urban profiling, context, ALNAP

Humanitarian and development practitioners generally accept that programs, policies, and processes need to be “context-specific” to reach their goals. But what does context actually mean, and which tools are best suited to help us make our action 'context-specific'? The much-anticipated report “What’s missing? Adding context to the urban response toolbox” sets out to answer these questions.

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Building an evidence-base to support durable solutions for IDPs

April 23, 2018

Tags: durable solutions, News

On 16 April 2018, during a Geneva-based event moderated by Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, Special Rapporteur on the human rights of IDPs, we launched two practical tools aimed to guide governments and other actors to acquire solid evidence to inform durable solutions for IDPs as well as measure progress over time: the Durable Solutions Indicator Library and the Analysis Guide.