Advancing the collection and use of data to inspire solutions for forced displacement
Supporting the economic resilience of refugees is a central piece of the global effort to meet the SDGs.
By Rebecca Telford, Ed.D, Global Chief of Education, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Deng Akuel Kuir, a 28 year old South Sudanese refugee teacher at Bahr El Naam Girls school in Kakuma in school with his students. He teaches class 7 and 8. He was born and raised in Kakuma...
The impact of Cyclone Mocha on Dar Paing village. © UNHCR/Reuben Lim Wende By Andrea Pellandra and Geraldine Henningsen Forced displacement is a pressing global challenge that has become increasingly complex in recent years. The number of forcibly displaced...
When the armed conflict in Sudan broke out in mid-April 2023, UNHCR conducted the last stages of its revamped Emergency Registration Learning Programme (ERLP). 20 staff from various locations across the world were trained in refugee registration and identity management in emergencies, enabling them to develop and implement efficient and strategic registration processes for emergency situations. They were quickly deployed, as the situation in Sudan only worsened. While the country used to be home for the second highest refugee population in Africa, the renewed conflict has now displaced over 800,000 people inside Sudan.
When UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, began collecting biometrics in 2002, it was for one local and very specific use case: To facilitate fair and single-time cash grants, irises of Afghan refugees in Pakistan were collected.
Alongside many developments in biometrics over the past two decades, UNHCR explored and implemented different biometric tools in different regions and for different purposes. Since the beginning, biometrics brought direct benefits to refugees, UNHCR, and partners alike, and are now considered an integral component of registration data in over 90 UNHCR country operations globally.
Bridging the digital divide – How UNHCR uses telephone for data collection of forcibly displaced persons
Sampling hard-to-reach populations has been a challenge for surveys for a long time. In the context of forced displacement, out-of-camp refugees, and internally displaced persons (IDPs) are particularly difficult to include in a sampling frame due to higher mobility compared to populations who reside in camps. UNHCR used Computer-Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI)-Assisted Telephone Interviews to collect household-level data of refugees and asylum-seekers.
For the last three decades, the Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative, known as DAFI, has offered refugees the chance to pursue higher education, giving them, their families, and their host communities hope for a better future. The DAFI is in...
With the average length of displacement ranging from 10 to over 20 years, there is an urgent need to protect and serve refugee children by including them in national education systems.
World refugee day celebrations 2022 in Kakuma Camp. © UNHCR/Charity Nzomo By Tarek Abou Chabake, Aina Helen Saetre and Grace Sanico Steffan Refugees and host communities in Kakuma, Kalobeyei and urban areas of Kenya live in better conditions with the help of...
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, uses a Biometric Identity Management System – or BIMS for short – for biometric enrolments of people forced to flee. It is our primary biometric system within our registration and identity management ecosystem and used in 93 countries across the world.
The typical emergency response relies heavily on UNHCR’s ability to quickly scale up on staffing, budgets, and activities that deliver assistance and protection. UNHCR works with a roster of registration colleagues, who can be deployed within 72 hours when a new emergency arises and has developed a revamped Emergency Registration Learning Programme for colleagues.
About the blog
The UNHCR Data Blog brings attention to data and research on protecting the rights and wellbeing of people forced to flee. It is also a forum to discuss research innovations in data-scarce forced displacement settings.
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