JIPS’ Guidance for Profiling Urban Displacement Situations offers solutions to some of the challenges inherent in carrying out such exercises in towns and cities. Most of the world’s displaced people – both refugees and IDPs – live in urban areas, where they form part of an expanding global majority. For governments and agencies working to address forced displacement, building useful, context-specific data and analysis in urban settings is crucial.
The Guidance was developed in 2013-2014 through a collaboration between JIPS and the Feinstein International Center of Tufts University, build on areas of complementary expertise and several jointly conducted case studies.
As part of the Global Alliance for Urban Crises and the Urban Analysis Network, JIPS is also working with partners to update its approaches to profiling in urban areas. Recent outputs of these efforts include “Urban Profiling for Better Responses to Humanitarian Crises” as well as the related webinar.
The guidance draws on the experience of working with government, humanitarian and development partners to profile urban displacement situations. It is not intended as a comprehensive guidance but complements the step-by-step approach (presented in other tools such as the JET) by highlighting specific urban issues and techniques for mitigating these challenges on the ground.
Urban settings, where IDPs and refugees live dispersed among the local population in remarkably complex environments, present specific challenges for profiling practitioners.
Locating displaced persons, distinguishing them from other population groups, and identifying their specific needs and capacities are all particularly challenging and jeopardise our ability to understand urban displacement and make informed response decision.
This guidance offers best practices to overcome them, or at least minimise their effects.
Urban Thinkers Campus: Series on Forced Displacement in Cities
The third and last session in this series was dedicated to internally displaced people (IDPs) in urban settings. As Cities Alliance writes in its dedicated blog article: “The experience of IDPs is often a protracted issue that needs both humanitarian and development interventions. With most IDPs migrating to urban areas, cities are at the forefront of the response. The webinar explored how cities and their partners – from both humanitarian and development side – are taking practical and policy-oriented actions to integrate their IDP populations.
The event was hosted by UN-Habitat and Cities Alliance, and featured JIPS’ Dr. Isis Nunez Ferrera alongside IDMC, IOM, UN-Habitat, the UN Secretariat of the High-level Panel on Internal Displacement, the city of Dhaka, and Oxford University’s Refugee Centre.
Displacement Profiling in Urban Contexts
Watch this webinar conducted in November 2015, to better understand some of the basics of profiling of a displacement situation in urban contexts.