On 6th June 2016, two profiling reports were launched in Geneva in an event organised by the Global Protection Cluster and JIPS. Both result from urban profiling exercises in Mogadishu and Hargeisa, demonstrate the value of collaborative processes and have helped to inform the new IDP Solutions Initiative in Somalia and national development planning.
The Mogadishu report was originally launched on May 15th in Somalia, jointly by
Undertaken by the DMA, BRA and members of the Protection Cluster’s profiling working group (UNHCR, DRC, IOM, OCHA, NRC, IRC, SSWC, ORDO, HINNA, ELMAN, Mercy Corps, DBG, Save the Children, REACH and the Shelter Cluster) the process was supported by JIPS from beginning to end.
The Hargeisa exercise, was originally launched in country in January 2016, was similarly undertaken by a Profiling Taskforce set up by the Protection Cluster in collaboration with counterparts from the Government.
The Geneva launch integrated findings and lessons learnt from both exercises.
Both profiling exercises demonstrated significant achievements in collaborative data collection processes, as ownership from national/local governments has already proven beneficial to incorporating the displaced into national/urban development plans. As stated during the launch, “Data is very important; data with a purpose is even better”. The profiling was able to offer data that went beyond mere population estimates to identify the needs and vulnerabilities of different groups living in informal settlements throughout Mogadishu and Hargeisa.