Guidance on profiling internally displaced persons

Guidance on profiling internally displaced persons

Methods of profiling Internally displaced persons (IDPs)

Obtaining reliable data on internally displaced persons (IDPs) is challenging. In most countries affected by internal displacement, existing data on IDPs and the conditions of their displacement is incomplete, unreliable, out of date or inaccurate. This presents a key obstacle to effective advocacy, the improvement of IDP protection and the design of targeted assistance programmes.

This guide is designed to help humanitarian actors gather better data on Internally displaced persons (IDPs) by proposing a variety of profiling methodologies that will in turn help the development of better-targeted and funded programmes to protect and assist IDPs and support their future plans.

It examines a series of related issues:

  • how to obtain a better picture of who and where IDPs are
  • the difficulties of distinguishing them from surrounding communities
  • how to compile workable estimates for protection, programming and advocacy purposes.

In addition, best practice examples are provided offield practices in selected profiling methodologies, describing when and where they were used, the objective of the exercise, who was involved, costs and time taken and samples of the forms used.