1.- How to use data to improve your project

Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), points out the following needs to work with data:

  • We must replace ad hoc data sharing among individuals within organizations with institutional agreements that define how data will be shared and used regardless of the crisis.
  • We also need to shift the way in which data is shared from a hub and spoke model, where data passes through a single point; to a network model, where data can be shared from anywhere to anyone through a trusted, connected infrastructure
  • we could develop situational analysis that quickly combines data from multiple sources, such as: market analysis from the World Food Programme; children’s nutrition levels from UNICEF; refugee locations and migrant movements from UNHCR and IOM; vaccine coverage from WHO; and direct feedback from affected people through call centres or community surveys.
  • we need to forge new partnerships with the private sector to increase our data skills and technical capabilities.

Source: http://docs.humdata.org/how-to-build-a-stronger-data-driven-humanitarian-sector/

Data is very important for giving context to your project and also for discovering patterns in the story. Here you can find some datasets related with refugees and migration that maybe are useful for improving your projects that race in Moving Communities (Idea Camp 2017).

Dataset name Description Link


United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees (refugees and IDPs), stateless persons, and others of concern to UNHCR by country/territory




Asylum and first time asylum applicants by citizenship, age and sex Annual aggregated data (rounded)


European Statistics http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/en/web/products-datasets/-/MIGR_ASYAPPCTZA
International humanitarian response


Government contributors of international humanitarian assistance, 1990−2014


Ethnicity of Refugees 2015 Dataset The Ethnicity of Refugees (ER) dataset records the ethnic composition of refugee stocks worldwide for the years 1975 to 2009. The dataset covers all refugee groups in https://icr.ethz.ch/data/epr/er/
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Food Balance Sheet presents a comprehensive picture of the pattern of a country’s food supply during a specified reference period. The food balance sheet shows for each food item – i.e. each primary commodity and a number of processed commodities potentially available for human consumption – the sources of supply and its utilization. The total quantity of foodstuffs produced in a country added to the total quantity imported and adjusted to any change in stocks that may have occurred since the beginning of the reference period gives the supply available during that period. On the utilization side a distinction is made between the quantities exported, fed to livestock, used for seed, put to manufacture for food use and non-food uses, losses during storage and transportation, and food supplies available for human consumption. The per caput supply of each such food item available for human consumption is then obtained by dividing the respective quantity by the related data on the population actually partaking of it. Data on per caput food supplies are expressed in terms of quantity and – by applying appropriate food composition factors for all primary and processed products – also in terms of caloric value and protein and fat content.


Boundary walls and fences worldwide


Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, over 40 countries around the world have built fences against more than 60 of their neighbours. The majority have cited security concerns and the prevention of illegal migration as justifications. More than 30 of those decisions were made following 9/11, 15 of them last year. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwmR7MS30yiwSlRvb0NCQUMzZUk/view?usp=sharing


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