As a result of regional conflict in the 1990s, thousands of IDPs continued to live in protracted displacement in Serbia for decades. By 2010, many had settled in central and southern areas of the country, with a group of mostly ethnic Roma in the northern region of Vojvodina.
Given the lack of needs analysis on the displaced population, the Serbian government and humanitarian and development organisations realised the importance of establishing an evidence base to better inform their interventions. They asked JIPS in 2010 to support the planning and implementation of a collaborative needs assessment, a major effort to produce agreed upon results to understand the needs and vulnerabilities of the displaced population. We received a second request in 2014 to support a similar exercise focusing on Roma IDPs.