Advancing the collection and use of data to inspire solutions for forced displacement
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.
The pandemic has brought forward a set of challenges for humanitarian data activities. UNHCR introduces a set of recommendations on how to minimize the disruption, mitigate risk and reduce bias when acquiring data.
Forcibly displaced persons must be incorporated into national financial inclusion strategies, recognizing their special circumstances and legal status as an important, deliberate step towards fully inclusive financial sectors.
UNHCR launches new platform to make anonymized microdata available to organizations, partners, or individual researchers who demonstrate a legitimate need to access it.
Refugees are no different from others in that employment is crucial to their livelihoods, personal empowerment and integration into society.
UNHCR launches new database making information and statistics about forced displacement and statelessness available at your fingertips.
The use of UNHCR’s “PRIMES” system facilitates collection of data to assist Venezuelans and others in need of basic services in Guyana.
The Guidance should serve as a resource for all UNHCR staff, host governments and other partners for updated advice and best practice on all aspects relating to registration and identity management.
Better data on stateless populations is essential if UNHCR is to achieve the goal set to end statelessness by 2024. The newly established ‘Expert Group on Statistics on Statelessness’ is currently working on a set of recommendations to help improve the official statistics.
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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