IDMC was set up nearly 20 years ago to provide the necessary data and analysis to drive global policy and interventions on internal displacement. Since 1998, IDMC has consolidated its role as the world leader in the monitoring and analysis of the scale, drivers, patterns and impacts of internal displacement worldwide. This role was confirmed once again by the most recent United Nations General Assembly IDP resolution last November.
IDMC has been successful in raising awareness of ongoing and emerging internal displacement crises across the globe and in making recommendations that have informed major global policy frameworks such as last year’s Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction. The organisation has also contributed to the development of landmark normative frameworks such as the Kampala Convention and the Nansen Initiative’s Protection Agenda.
IDMC offers a unique service to partners that combines IDP global data and statistics, in-depth research, policy advice and operational support. While our experience over the years has given IDMC a knowledge base and an expertise that is called upon by donors, policy makers, NGOs, journalists and academics, we nevertheless fully recognise that IDMC must continue to innovate and evolve in order to meet our partners’ needs.
We begin 2016 facing a number of challenges globally, with new and protracted crises around the world which have led to unprecedented levels of displacement and have put an extraordinary strain on the humanitarian system.
The ongoing refugee crisis in Europe has brought about new policy challenges and highlighted the increasing interconnection between internal displacement and migration, conflict, social inequality, environmental pressure, population growth and urbanisation.
IDMC’s evidence sheds light on the complex mix of drivers that force people to flee, which is crucial to developing more targeted, integrated and successful responses. Decision-makers working on humanitarian and development solutions to displacement need timely information and in-depth analysis to help them take action that will have a direct impact on the lives of those displaced, those hosting them and those considering migration. To do this, they need access to a base of knowledge and expertise that they can refer to and draw from, and that can help them identify and respond to the changing needs of the most vulnerable people, anywhere in the world.
In 2016, IDMC will pilot an improved IDP monitoring methodology and build a state-of-the-art database providing real-time estimates of internal displacement situations across the world. A new index of displacement severity will provide our partners with a useful decision tool by pointing to those situations most in need of attention by policy makers and operational responders on the ground. IDMC will also play a leading role in improving IDP data and reporting systems by developing guidelines for primary data collection and working towards improvements in data quality and reliability across a range of challenging contexts.
IDMC will also continue to produce the world’s go-to research and analysis on displacement trends and drivers, in order to help keep displacement on the global policy agenda. Our research will underscore how displacement is a cross-cutting issue that is central to some of the key issues of our time, from sustainable development to climate change, disaster management and state fragility.
Our Global Report will continue to be a key reference document for anyone working on internal displacement, and will be instrumental for prioritising resources and informing global policy agendas. It will do this by providing global estimates of IDPs worldwide, as well as analyses of displacement trends of relevance to the post-2015 agenda. Individual thematic critiques will complement the global picture and provide more in-depth insights into specific challenges.
IDMC remains at the service of our partners to provide more tailored advice and expertise to help design and implement the most effective policy approaches and programmatic interventions. We hope our plans for 2016 outlined in the following pages will inspire you to contact us to discuss in detail how your organisation can support our work and how we can do more to support yours.