Forced Displacement, Go Figure! New Publication to Shake the Box of “IDP Profiling” - JIPS - Joint IDP Profiling Service

Forced Displacement, Go Figure! New Publication to Shake the Box of “IDP Profiling”

Related Topics: Refugee & IDP statistics

On 31 August 2016, JIPS launches Forced Displacement, Go Figure! Shaking the box of Profiling IDP Situations. This publication is a joint effort from JIPS and the Feinstein International Center of Tufts University that calls for an update to the existing international guidance for profiling.

Co-authored by three JIPS Coordinators – William Chemaly, Karen Jacobsen and Natalia Krynsky Baal – Forced Displacement, Go Figure! is based on seven years of JIPS’ operational experience supporting profiling exercises in IDP and refugee contexts globally.

More specifically, the publication highlights the successes of the current Guidance on IDP Profiling published by OCHA and NRC-IDMC in 2008. These include providing its original definition, cementing the centrality of protection into IDP data practice and supporting the role of collaboration as an essential piece of the puzzle. Building upon this and the combined experience of the JIPS team and its wider network, the book highlights eight key points that are in need of revision.

These include four chapters advocating for concrete changes to be made:

  • Questioning whether IDP profiling is only about IDPs
  • Highlighting the problematic focus on precise population figures
  • Arguing for the importance of recognising and applying a diversity lens
  • Pushing forward the role of qualitative data

And four more chapters to provoke broader discussion:

  • Calling for practical guidance on collaboration for consensus building
  • Better defining the role of profiling in emergencies
  • Pushing the purpose of profiling beyond durable solutions
  • Arguing for a more responsible guidance on methodologies


Dedicated to partners, team members and supporters of JIPS since it was established in 2009, the publication aims to be accessible to all interested readers. We hope you enjoy the read and we look forward to working with the wider humanitarian and development community to revise the international guidance for profiling in 2017.

You can download a copy of Forced Displacement, Go Figure! Shaking the box of Profiling IDP Situations, and find out more about displacement profiling.

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