Innovative data collection, analysis and dissemination on forced displacement for effective humanitarian response
This year the Pre-DIHAD workshop will focus on forced displacement and specifically on the importance of “innovative data collection, analysis and dissemination on forced displacement for effective humanitarian response”. Today, the level of displacement in the world has reached unprecedented levels. Nearly 60 million people, half of them children, have had to flee their homes due to conflict and violence . The displacement situation is worst in the Middle East and North Africa region which has witnessed an upsurge in violent conflict. Since 2010, the number of conflicts, refugees and IDPs has grown in the region. Between 2009 and 2014, the number of conflicts increased by 35 per cent, from 55 to 74. In that same period, the number of IDPs more than doubled from 6.7 million to 15.6 million, while the number of refugees increased by nearly half from 5 million to 7.5 million . Any innovation that improves aid delivery to displaced people is bound to enhance the effectiveness of the overall humanitarian system since the displaced people constitute a higher proportion of people in need of global humanitarian assistance , and in particular the MENA region.
Within the thematic framework of displacement, the pre-DIHAD will zoom into the need for innovative data collection and analysis on displacement and movement. Timely and appropriate response to displaced people has been stifled in many parts of the world due to persistent skepticism about the reliability of displacement related information. The efficacy and effectiveness of humanitarian response plans in general, and those that address forced displacement in particular, is contingent on the existence of timely and accurate information about population movements. The pre-DIHAD workshop will endeavor to collect best practices on displacement/movement tracking and monitoring systems and how these tools and systems contribute to response policy and strategy development.