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Guidance for profiling urban displacement situations: challenges and solutions

Author: Karen Jacobsen and Ivan Cardona: Joint IDP profiling service
Year: 2014
Resource type: Report

JIPS – the Joint IDP Profiling Service – is an inter-agency service that provides technical support to humanitarian and development actors implementing profiling exercises in displacement situations. Our goal is to promote collaborative responses to displacement by supporting actors to collect and analyse profiling data through consensus-building processes. 

The dynamics of urban settings makes profiling a complicated exercise. How to locate displaced households dispersed across vast metropolises, when they might not want to be found? How – and whether – to distinguish forcibly displaced people from other migrants and urban poor living in similar situations? How to address the political dynamics of the city in a collaborative profiling process?

Based on experience from multiple JIPS exercises, the Guidance for Profiling Urban Displacement Situations addresses some of these challenges. It highlights the logistical, methodological, political, and security challenges that confront face practitioners planning profiling exercises in urban settings, and proposes solutions and best practices to overcome them. 

 

 

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