Globally, there are an estimated 79.5 million people who have fled their homes due to conflict, violence, and persecution. This includes refugees (26 million), internally displaced persons (45.7 million), and asylum seekers (4.2 million). Nearly 85 percent of these forcibly displaced are hosted by the developing countries. (UNHCR Global Trends, 2019)
Given the scale and the complexity of the crises, the World Bank and UNHCR have significantly stepped up their joint initiatives on forced displacement, through analytical work; collaboration with governments on microdata collection; and joint missions to inform the Bank’s programming on refugee situations, particularly through IDA18 and the Global Concessional Financing Facility. To further synergize efforts, both organizations, with support from the Danish government, have set up the Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement (JDC) to improve the quality and quantity of data on forcibly displaced persons and host communities.
Part of the JDC mandate is to stimulate research and data around forcibly displaced persons and enhance the ability of stakeholders to make timely and evidence-based policy decisions. To support this, the JDC hosts an annual Research Conference on Forced Displacement, with the following objectives:
i. to stimulate the collection, analysis, and dissemination of data-based evidence on forcibly displaced populations, with special emphasis on microdata.
ii. to develop a community of practice among stakeholders who are engaged in the collection, analysis, and dissemination of forced displacement data.
The JDC’s 2nd Research Conference on Forced Displacement will be held on May 28-29, 2021 in Bogotá, Colombia, in partnership with the School of Economics at Universidad de los Andes. The conference will gather academics, practitioners, and policymakers for interactive presentations, panel debates, and policy sessions on the latest data and evidence on forced displacement, with a special emphasis on research on internally displaced populations. The conference will be preceded by a Policy Forum on Forced Displacement on May 27, 2021.
Banner Image Photo Credit: @Mark Garten/ UN Photo, Rio Suchio, Colombia