Protracted conflict in Kachin state in north-east Myanmar has caused significant waves of displacement, with many IDPs taking refuge in camps and camp-like settings dispersed across government and non-government controlled areas.
Given the absence of agreed-upon data on these populations, JIPS, Statistics Norway and NORCAP supported the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster in conducting profiling exercises in 2013, 2014 and 2015 which generated consensus for the first time across all clusters about their situations.
Other partners included UNHCR, DRC, OCHA, UNICEF, WFP, Shalom, the Relief Action Network for IDPs and Refugees (RANIR), the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) and the Karuna Mission Social Solidarity (KMSS).
The profiling report published in January 2016 establishes a shared understanding of the displacement situation in north-east Myanmar over time and highlights the differences between camps in government and non-government controlled areas. It shows trends in the camps’ demographic composition and changes in terms access to shelter, food, healthcare, education, and protection, and provides an initial analysis of livelihoods and key gaps and priorities for responses.
Partners in the shelter, NFI and CCCM clusters and their donors have used the report and final analysis for their planning and programming. The data from the three profiling exercises has also been made available through various channels, including an openly accessible database of information on each camp covered.
The profiling exercises also helped to establish a culture of coordinated camp data collection, analysis and response. According to Edward Benson, the CCCM Cluster coordinator for Myanmar: “Profiling is now a well-established and embedded process. Where before there was barely any data available due to the difficult accessibility of the remote areas, now there is reliable, consistently collected and agreed-upon data.”