New World Bank-UNHCR joint data centre to improve global statistics on forced displacement

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The World Bank Group (WBG) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are joining forces to establish a joint data centre on forced displacement to greatly improve statistics on refugees, other displaced people and host communities.

The new centre, announced today, will enable a better informed and more sustainable response to forced displacement, underpinning a coordinated humanitarian-development approach. It builds on UNHCR’s role as the reference institution for refugee data, bringing in the WBG’s analytical expertise and experience helping national governments improve statistical capacity.

“The scale, complexity and speed of today’s refugee crises mean we can no longer afford to respond through humanitarian action alone. It is more important than ever to mobilize resources and plan for the longer term from the beginning. This is why early access to reliable data for development partners like the World Bank is so important,” said United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.

Photo courtesy of Martin Fisch.

Source: UNHCR (link opens in a new window)

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