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Profiling Coordination Training 2018

December 13, 2018

This year’s edition of our flagship training on profiling brought together 28 participants from more than 20 countries to work on the profiling process from start to finish. It was an exciting 6 days hands-on training using our revised fictional country scenario Freedonia and concrete examples from our profiling experience over the last years. We also met brilliant colleagues who contributed valuable insights from working in national statistical offices, UN agencies as well as non-profit humanitarian and development organisations.


Leaving no one behind through disaggregated data

November 21, 2018

Tasked to develop and implement the global indicator framework for the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda, the Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) gathered for a three-day meeting, which included a dedicated working group on data disaggregation. Natalia Baal, JIPS Coordinator, was pleased to be able to join both meetings in an observer capacity.


Making use of the Durable Solutions indicator library: experiences from Syria

November 15, 2018

We had a chat with the Director of Middle East Consulting Solutions (MECS) around their recently published research entitled “Durable Solutions for Internally Displaced Persons in Syria”. MECS massively relied on the indicator library and analysis guide primarily to shape the analytical framework and central pillars of the study.



National ownership, traditional methods and new approaches to statistics production

November 05, 2018

Tags: World Data Forum, IDP statistics

With over 2,000 experts from more than 100 countries and numerous international organisations, civil society, private sector and academia, the 2018 UN World Data Forum was an exciting opportunity to discuss initiatives around IDP statistics. We organised a session on challenges and solutions to the production of statistics of IDPs in order to make sure that these vulnerable populations are not left behind in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. 


Going DEEPER! Innovating at THE Port Hackathon

October 29, 2018

At the recent Port Hackathon, hosted in the CERN IdeaSquare, our colleague Wilhelmina Welsch, JIPS’ Head of information management and innovation, took on the challenge together with a team of 11 hackers to further enhance the platform’s capacities, using artificial intelligence and machine learning elements. The event saw more than 60 professionals from all over the world come together to “build working prototypes and tangible solutions for real-life humanitarian problems”.


Profiling exchange with built environment professionals

October 25, 2018

JIPS is exploring new partnerships to better understand how different actors can work together to collect information and jointly use results to provide holistic responses to displacement in cities. Given that solutions to urban displacement necessarily include understanding the needs of both displaced and host communities, as well as the urban areas affected, it is important to bring together area-analysis tools used by build environment professionals and collaborative profiling methodologies promoted by JIPS.


Better data on forcibly displaced populations

October 22, 2018

Tags: EGRIS, IDP statistics

Until now, there were no globally recognized standards for statistics on forcibly displaced people and, as a result, data on refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons (IDPs) are often incomplete and cannot be compared. The work of the Expert Group on Refugee and IDP Statistics (EGRIS) is paving the way towards better statistics on forcibly displaced populations: read the International Recommendations on Refugee Statistics and the Technical Report on Statistics of IDPs, now both available online.


Why is profiling needed in Niger?

October 09, 2018

Tags: Niger, News

A few months ago, JIPS received a request for support from UNHCR and the Niger Protection Cluster. The request specifically focused on the need to assess the protracted displacement situation in Diffa region and inform durable solutions for displaced and displacement-affected communities. We had a chat with Valerie Svobodova, former Niger Protection Cluster coordinator and currently working with UNHCR in Geneva, in order to better understand the situation, the data issues in the region and why a profiling is so needed. 


The added value of direct support in Sudan

October 09, 2018

Tags: News, Sudan, field support

Khadra Elmi, Profiling Advisor, has been on a long-term deployment to Sudan to support a profiling exercise aimed to inform durable solutions to the protracted displacement situation in two IDP camps, Abu Shouk and Al Salam, and the wider urban area of El Fasher. After an ambitious data collection merging micro and macro components, and with the data analysis phase in full swing, Khadra shares the challenges as well as the added value and lessons learned from this direct support approach.


Improving IDP data to help implement the Guiding Principles

October 08, 2018

Tags: Guiding Principles, GP20, FMR, IDP data

Given the increasing levels of internal displacement globally and the growing interest in ‘data-driven’ policy and programming, at JIPS we believe it is important to use this year’s 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on internal displacement as an occasion to examine the gap between available data and existing data practices on the one hand, and the principles and content of the Guiding Principles on the other.


Securing IDP participation to shape durable solutions

October 08, 2018

Tags: News, durable solutions

At JIPS, we strongly believe that communities should be included in key stages of a profiling data cycle to ensure that the process reflects their realities and priorities. The centrality of IDP participation has recently been re-affirmed at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. We took part in a side event focusing on the connection between participation of IDPs and securing solutions to their displacement.


JOB OPENING: Head of Field Support and Capacity Building

October 02, 2018

October 2018 - An exciting position as Head of Field Support and Capacity Building has opened at JIPS. Apply by 10 October to join our team in Geneva.


Challenging assumptions on urban displacement

September 25, 2018

Tags: News, urban displacement

Today, half of the world’s population lives in urban settings. By 2050, it is estimated that up to three quarters will live in a city with 90% of this growth taking place in cities of lower-income countries often at risk of fragility. In line with these urbanisation trends, internal displacement has become increasingly urban. Significant efforts are being made to adapt humanitarian response accordingly, however many challenges still remain.


Improving humanitarian and recovery response in Syria

September 12, 2018

Tags: News, Syria, Urban-S, urban profiling

With more than 7.6 million internally displaced people, 85 percent of which living in host communities mainly in urban areas, the conflict in Syria has produced a huge, predominantly urban crisis. In line with our strategic goals of developing methods for urban profiling, in the past months we have been involved in the Urban Analysis Network Syria (UrbAN-S) project, looking to provide up-to-date and holistic analyses of critically-affected cities in Syria.


Engaging communities and working with local actors in sensitive contexts

September 11, 2018

Tags: News, Honduras

We talked to Oscar Paz, Urban Programming Coordinator at World Vision Honduras, to discuss the challenges encountered during the profiling exercise, as well as the opportunities and added value of engaging communities and working with local actors with a strong presence in the field.