TA 3. Leaving no one behind

(TA3.13) Innovations in data systems and well-being measurement in the context of forced migration and refugee flows.

Dewa Hall October 24, 2018 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

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Alexandra Irani
Zeina Jamaluddine
Calogero (Gero) Carletto
Kimberly Roberson
Romesh Silva
Sabrina Juran

The session will present improvements and innovations in population data systems and measurement methods in response to the growing need for better data on forced displacement from national, regional and international perspectives. The work to bridge the humanitarian and development data needs in addressing forced displacement will also be explored. Additionally, it will also shed light on well-being measurement methods and their influence on policies used by international organizations and host governments to cater for the growing needs of displaced populations with a focus on women, children and youth.

In the first part of the session, two speakers will use data visualization to present the wide development disparities between Palestinian refugees, Syrian refugees and Lebanese living in Lebanon through the use of the recently developed child, youth and general well-being indices in collaboration with UNRWA and UNICEF. The talks will depict the disparities in well-being by gender, age and other socio-demographic characteristics. They will also stress on the various data challenges faced as well as suggest recommendations for better data quality and availability and for the improvement of refugee well-being through SDGs 1,2,3 and 5.

UNHCR and the World Bank have been strengthening collaboration on data for forced displacement, bringing together humanitarian and development perspectives on data. Speakers in the second part of the session will discuss the work of UNHCR and WB in improving data on forced displacement, including statistical capacity building, improved open access, and adoption of innovation.

The final part of the session explores mixed migration and refugee flows which pose special challenges for national statistical systems and international agencies. Administrative data sources on migrant stocks and flows are difficult to maintain and often incomplete. The Moroccan national statistical offices will share how their national system has addressed the growing need for better data on mixed migration and refugee flows in these countries. UNFPA will share results from a recent data innovation project on youth mixed migration in Egypt, Lebanon, Kenya and Tunisia that generated new evidence about the drivers and consequences of youth mixed migration into/through these countries.