The authorities in Gulu district set up a technical core group to design and implement the DSA. Its members included UNHCR, the Ugandan Human Rights Commission (UHRC), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
We supported the group remotely in designing the methodology before undertaking a mission to Uganda in August and September 2010. During the mission we took part in bilateral consultations with key stakeholders and focus group discussions with IDPs to get their perspective on issues to be included in the assessment. Overall, the approach was shaped based on the eight criteria for durable solutions outlined in the IASC framework. Indicators for each criterion were developed and agreed upon by all key partners.
We also supported the profiling partners in finalising the methodology and designing the survey questionnaire, and ran a three-day training workshop for more than 30 local government officials and their implementing partners across the seven districts that make up the Acholi sub-region.
The workshop prepared the participants in terms of tool development, collaboration and coordination considerations, data analysis and management, and results and response planning. It also ensured they understood how the profiling exercise would benefit them, and promoted buy-in and ownership of the process.
Given the complex nature of the assessment and its potential, as an analytical tool based on the IASC framework, to inform stakeholders working in other displacement situations, we also undertook a joint evaluation mission with the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) in July 2011 to assess its quality and outcome.