Profile at a glance: Kachin & Northern Shan, 2016

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This is a summary of the comprehensive profiling report 2013 – 2015on the situation of internally displaced populations in camps in Kachin and northern Shan States in Myanmar. The profiling exercise, which is still ongoing, is a collaborative project of international and national actors, working together to provide reliable and agreed upon information to improve humanitarian response.

JIPS has been providing support since the initial round of the profiling process, in 2013, and throughout the two subsequent rounds in 2014 and 2015. Delivered both in-country and remotely, the support services pertain to methodology development, data collection, trainings and tools, as well as analysis and reporting.


In Kachin State, in northeast Myanmar, long-lasting conflict has caused large waves of displacement, including some people fleeing to the neighbouring Shan State. Since the beginning, many IDPs moved to camps and camp-like settings dispersed across government and non-government controlled areas ; others are living with host families and dispersed in rural and urban areas.

Information on the populations living in IDP camps and camplike settings is crucial in order to adapt the humanitarian response to the needs of the population. However, no comprehensive data on this population existed. To fill the gap, the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster promoted the implementation of collaborative and regularly conducted camp profiling exercises. The partners included both international and national actors, namely : UNHCR, DRC, OCHA, UNICEF, WFP, Shalom, RANIR, KBC, and KMSS. The exercise was furthermore supported by JIPS, Statistics Norway and NORCAP.

The profiling process was initiated in 2013 and repeated in 2014 and 2015. The exercises aimed to provide, through sequential rounds of profiling data collection, an overview of the situationin each IDP camp and establish a common central information management tool to inform the coordination of camp-level activities. The main objectives were to :

  • Provide a regularly updated overview of the situationin camps hosting IDPs, including disaggregated population estimates ;

  • Consolidate information for advocacy and fundraising efforts on behalf of IDPs living in camps ;

  • Indicate the need for more detailed thematic assessments ;

  • Strengthen the coordination of camp-level data collection, analysis and response ;Support sustainable capacity buildingfor camp managers.