Joining forces to find solutions for IDPs

Understanding profiling in IDP situations

In order to provide appropriate assistance and protection - and eventually find solutions - for forcibly displaced people, it’s important to know who they are and what their specific needs and capacities are. Profiling exercises collect all kinds of data disaggregated by sex, age, location and diversity. Once analyzed, these data become the evidence base for decision making, securing funds and designing policies that ensure sustainable solutions for displaced people. 

JIPS supports a collaborative approach to profiling because we believe that when agencies work together the results are more likely to be trusted, and used. Profiling is a resource-intensive and often very challenging exercise. However, the effort is worth it because the data collected give us direct insight into the lives of people affected by displacement – including host populations.  

Find out more about the profiling step-by-step and how to identify a need for IDP profiling.

Read our new publication on profiling that calls for an update to the existing international guidance: Forced Displacement, Go Figure! Shaking the Box of Profiling IDP Situations