Profiling exercises produce demographic profiles of displaced populations – refugees and internally displaced people alike – and can provide a broader analysis of the displacement context, including of host populations. Data on displacement situations aims to serve as an evidence base for decision-making, securing funds, and designing policies that support sustainable solutions for refugees and displaced persons.

Why it matters

In order to provide appropriate assistance, protection, and solutions for forcibly displaced people, it is important to have a clear picture of the context, including the specific needs, vulnerabilities, and capacities of affected populations.

This information is often disaggregated by sex, age, location and diversity, but not all data can be collected at an individual level and thus be disaggregated. Deciding on which data to collect separately for male and female household members, and which data to collect for the household as a unit, shapes the data collected, the analysis that is possible, and eventually, the degree to which the findings reflect the gendered characteristics of a displacement situation and are able inform gender sensitive decision-making.

Partnering with Data2X

Data2X has partnered with the Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS) to review gender data being collected in profiling and other data collection exercises in displacement contexts in order to provide recommendations for strengthening and harmonizing these efforts. JIPS is an inter-agency service based in Geneva that provides technical and coordination support for governments, humanitarian and development partners to design and conduct profiling exercises in the field. JIPS is overseen by an Executive Committee comprising of UNHCR, UNDP, OCHA, DRC, NRC, IDMC and the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of IDPs.

The partnership will work through a consultative process, and will produce a resource for displacement data collection exercises to improve the analysis of gendered characteristics of displacement situations. Preliminary recommendations will be released in summer 2017, and will be used as a basis for further consultation and planning with agencies aimed at improving gender analysis in profiling exercises.