September 21, 2016

Toward a more sustainable response to the refugee crisis: The pressing need for better data

Written by Sarah Dalrymple

This post originally appeared on Devex.

World leaders gather today for the U.N. Summit on Refugees and Migrants to agree on a more coordinated global response to escalating levels of forced displacement. It’s vital that data and evidence are at the forefront of decision making. Without adequate data on forcibly displaced people and financing, it’s not possible to fill financing gaps or target resources effectively in line with needs.

Last week, Development Initiatives published a fact sheet on forced displacement, poverty and financing. It provides a snapshot of available data and evidence on people affected by forced displacement, the allocation of available resources, and funding mechanisms – highlighting areas in which data must be strengthened for an effective and durable response.

Better understanding of long-term livelihood needs

The fact sheet shows how important it is to move beyond short-term emergency assessment and financing cycles and target longer-term livelihood assistance for refugees through development frameworks. Most refugee situations are protracted, and it’s estimated that refugees are displaced for 17 years on average. There is a pressing need to foster more durable solutions.

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